Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has launched a £300,000 funding package for events and community activities in Belfast.
The Belfast City Centre Event and Community Activity Grant schemes are aimed at encouraging arts, cultural and community based events in Belfast City Centre taking place between April 2014 and March 2015.
Minister McCausland said: “Planned events bring huge numbers of visitors to our cities and create opportunities for wide ranging and sustainable social and economic benefits. I am delighted to announce a further year’s funding of £250,000 in support of the Belfast City Centre Event Grant scheme and a further £50,000 to support the Community Activity Grant scheme for 2014/15.
“My Department is committed to creating a vibrant and exciting Belfast City Centre and these grants make an important contribution in encouraging and supporting organisations to produce arts, cultural and community based events in the city’s public open spaces. Events create a lively and welcoming atmosphere that benefits the local community, local businesses and tourists, and raises the profile of Belfast both nationally and internationally.
“The application process for next year’s Events and Community Activity Grants funding will open on Monday 2 December and I would encourage any organisation interested in organising arts and cultural events which will contribute to the regeneration of Belfast City Centre, to come forward and apply for funding.”
The closing date for Event Grant applications is Friday 17 January 2014 at 2.00pm.
Notes to editors:
1. The Belfast City Centre Event Grant - £250,000. This is aimed at supporting events that contribute to the regeneration of Belfast City Centre. The event needs to encourage local involvement and community and business participation and contribute to the attraction of visitors to the area.
2. There are a number of event spaces available for use in the Belfast City Centre area including Custom House Square, Cotton Court Piazza, Donegall Quay, Writers Square, St Anne’s Piazza and the River Lagan.
3. The Community Activity Grant - £50,000. This supports community initiatives and offers grants of up to £1,000 for community based events. The events must address the needs of the Belfast City Centre local community and continue to bring life to the area.
4. Details on how to apply for the grants and a copy of the map of the Belfast City Centre area are available from the Department’s Belfast City Centre Regeneration Directorate by calling 028 9027 7643 or emailing email@example.com. Further details are also available on the Department’s website: http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/urcdg-urban_regeneration/belfast-city-centre-grants.htm