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Don't Forget! Community & Voluntary Groups Encouraged To Apply For Funding

07 January 2016

The Mayor at the launch of the Community & Voluntary grants for 2016/17 with Patrick McLaverty (St. Comgall’s Youth Club), Marion McCallion (Ballyclare Family Focus), Lexi Brown (Farranshane Community Trust Centre Manager), Bertie Stirling (Chair, Ballyclare Family Focus), Adelyn Carr (Ballyclare Family Focus) and Ellen McKelvey (Muckamore Parish Development).


Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is delighted to announce that its Grant Aid Programme for 2016/17 is open for applications until Friday 5 February 2016 at 12 noon. All constituted community and voluntary groups within the Borough are invited to come along to information sessions and find out more about the funding and assessment criteria, as well as the application process.

Last year, 103 local groups benefitted financially from the scheme, which provides support in a number of different categories such as a seeding grant, grants for premises, outreach and involvement activities, summer schemes, technical assistance, festivals and insurance for programmes.

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg, commented, “I would encourage every group to come along to the grant information sessions as this is your chance to ask any questions you may have. Staff will be on hand to guide groups through what’s available and how to apply. This is the perfect opportunity to access funding from the Council and I would advise all groups who will require funding from 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 to apply now.”

Any group considering applying to the new scheme should attend any of the grant information sessions listed below but must book in advance:

  • Antrim Civic Centre, 50 Stiles Way Antrim BT41 2UB on Monday 11 January 2016 at 3-5pm or 6.30-8.30pm
  • Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey BT36 5QA on Wednesday 13 January 2016 at 3-5pm or 6.30-8.30pm

To book your place contact Dawn Leonard or Wendy Donaldson by phoning 028 9034 0060.

For further information please contact Kerry Brady on 028 9446 3113 ext. 31368 or via email [email protected] or Jonathan Henderson on 028 9034 0066 or via email [email protected].