Funding available for festivals

COMMUNITY and voluntary groups who wish to seek financial support to organise an event with a view to strengthening community relations can now apply to Banbridge District Council’s Community Festival Fund.

The Council will support a range of cultural, sporting or music events organised by constituted community groups provided they are held within the district and promote social cohesion and inclusion, equality of opportunity and good relations. Events should also promote a positive image of the district as well as increase visitor numbers to the area.

Community groups must demonstrate evidence of their ability to part fund the event with a view to becoming self sustaining, and no other government funding is helping to support the event.

The first tranche of funding is available to community groups who wish to hold events between June and August. The closing date for submitting completed applications is Friday 13 May at 5pm. Further funding to support events from September onwards will be announced at a later date.

Application forms and guidance notes can be obtained from Banbridge District Council, Civic Building, Downshire Road, Banbridge, Co. Down BT32 3JY and should be clearly marked ‘Community Festival Fund Application’. Alternatively these can be downloaded at www.banbridge.gov.uk. Application forms will be assessed after the closing date and applicants will be notified in writing.

This Community Festival Fund is jointly funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Council.