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Good Relations

Good Relations Programme -  “Building Understanding”

Why does my local council have a Good Relations programme?

Since1998, all Northern Ireland public bodies have a legal duty to promote good relations between people from different community, religious and racial backgrounds.  On 23 May 2013, the Northern Ireland Executive government furthered their commitment to good relations with the release of Together Building A Community Strategy to improve community relations and continue the journey towards a more united and shared society.  It has four key priorities and outcomes.

  1. Our Children and Young People - To continue to improve attitudes amongst our young people and to build a community where they can play a full and active role in building good relations.

  2. Our Shared Community - To create a community where division does not restrict the life opportunities of individuals and where all areas are open and accessible to everyone.

  3. Our Safe Community - To create a community where everyone feels safe in moving around and where life choices are not inhibited by fears around safety.

  4. Our Cultural Expression - To create a community which promotes mutual respect and understanding, is strengthened by its diversity, and where cultural expression is celebrated and embraced.

What sort of things do you do?

The Council runs a series of programmes, activities, events and a small grants programme to help support the development of good relations locally for ALL age groups.  Full details on the grants programmes are below.

 

How can I get involved?

We would be delighted to have you join in our programmes or hear you suggestions or ideas.  For further information contact us at the details below.

 

Grants

There are two small grants available: Good Relations and a Summer Intervention Programme.

Summer Intervention grant aid is currently open and will close at 4pm on 21 April 2017.

The Good Relations Grant Aid programme is currently open and submission dates are:

25 April

23 May  

10 July

8 August

22 August

19 September

24 October

21 November 

Good Relations Grant Aid

Applications are invited from suitably constituted community/voluntary sector organisations working within the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey to apply for financial assistance to support programmes of work that promote community and/or race relations, address sectarianism and racism and must fit with one of the following themes

  • Our Children and Young People
  • Our Shared Community
  • Our Safe Community
  • Our Cultural Expression

 The maximum award available is £2,500.

This is a rolling programme which is open until November depending on the availability of funds. 

The grant can be accessed at http://antrimnewtownabbey.eformz.info/.

 

Summer Intervention Grant Aid

Applications are invited from suitably constituted community/voluntary sector organisations working within the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey to apply for financial assistance to support programmes of work over July and August. Projects must promote positive community or race relations and target individuals at risk of being engaged in sectarian violence or clashes during this period. 

The maximum award available is £2,500.

This is a seasonal programme, opening and closing dates are available at the link below.

The grant can be accessed at http://antrimnewtownabbey.eformz.info/.

For further information on the programme or advice on your project, please contact the Good Relations Officers.

Contact Us:

Valerie Crozier-Nicholl
Good Relations Officer 
Tel: 028 9446 3113  
  
Claire Fox
Good Relations Officer
Tel: 028 90340033
 

Email: [email protected]

 

The Council’s Good Relations Programme receives funding support from The Executive Office.