New funding available for local community groups’ events

Community groups in the Banbridge area have been given a new funding opportunity to help organise a community relations event.

The Community Festival Fund is available to support community or voluntary groups with a range of events, provided they are held within the district, promote social cohesion and inclusion, equality of opportunity and good relations and take place between 1 October 2014 and 31 March 2015.

Events should also promote a positive image of the district as well as increase visitor numbers to the area.

To be eligible 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.

Application forms and guidance notes are available at Banbridge District Council Civic Building, Downshire Road, BT32 3JY. These should be clearly marked ‘Community Festival Fund Application’ and submitted before 5pm on Thursday 31 July. They can also be downloaded at