Community grants up for grabs through support fund

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Community and sports groups in Carrick are set to benefit from Mid and East Antrim Grants Support Funding.

Launching the initiative, the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE, has urged anyone interested to attend one of a series of forthcoming information sessions.

She said: “Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Grants Support team will be hosting a number of information sessions to advise groups in the Borough of the various schemes and levels of funding available.

“The aim of the schemes is to provide financial support through various categories for organisers of events as well as community groups, sports clubs and arts groups in the Borough who are undertaking projects which are of benefit to all of the citizens of Mid and East Antrim Borough,” Cllr Wales said.

Since the formation of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council in April 2015, grants officers have received and processed over 1,100 applications and awarded £1.2 million.

These awards have included the Community Grants Support Scheme, Good Relations Grants, the Community Festivals Fund and the Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) Grants.

The information sessions will take place during March. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Interested groups asked to nominate a maximum of two representatives to attend on their behalf.

The Mayor continued: “These information sessions are an opportunity to meet with the Grants Team, Good Relations, PCSP and Rural Development Officers to identify what funding is available.

“These issues will include opening and closing dates of the various schemes, how to maximise funding opportunities and crucially ‘what makes a successful application’ and also an explanation of the funding process – when to expect an outcome - how to successfully draw down a claim and what other funding opportunities may be available.”

The Grants Information Sessions will take place on Thursday March 16, Jubilee Hall, Carrickfergus Town Hall, at 7.00 pm.

and on Wednesday 22 March, at the Des Allen Suite, Ballymena Showgrounds, also at 7pm.

Those interested should contact the Grants Office at the email address below with a preferred date to attend by 12pm Friday 10 March. If needed, additional dates may be added.

To book a place on an information session or to obtain further information on the scheme, please email grants@midandeastantrim.gov.uk or phone 028 2563 3148 or 028 9335 8240