Councils give £40k towards wedding day festivities
Councils across Northern Ireland handed out almost £40,000 to groups to hold royal wedding celebrations, it has been reported.
Lisburn and Castlereagh Council awarded the most funding to community groups under the small grants scheme - 34 grants of £400, totalling £13,600.
Ards and North Down Council told the BBC it awarded grants to 38 groups at a cost of £11,962, as well as 30 party packs worth £2,062 in total.
Mid and East Antrim Council received nine applications and awarded the groups £7,436, Mid Ulster Council gave out two grants totalling £1,290 and Fermanagh and Omagh Council gave £427 to one group that applied for funding.
Meanwhile, Antrim and Newtownabbey Council said it would instead present commemorative coins to all P7 pupils in the borough, at a cost of £3,000.
The rules governing the council's small grants scheme dictate that the groups receiving the money may only use it for catering costs, venue hire, decorations and other materials directly related to the royal wedding party they are throwing.
Three councils, including the largest in Northern Ireland, were not aware of having given any grants for royal wedding parties.
Belfast City, Derry City and Strabane, and Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon told the BBC they were not aware of any groups having applied for funding for royal wedding celebrations from their small grants schemes.
Meanwhile, Causeway Coast and Glens Council said it did not set up a fund for the wedding celebrations, and Newry, Mourne and Down Council told the BBC it could not provide a breakdown of funding applications it had received unless a Freedom of Information request was submitted.