Mid Ulster District Council Grants programme opening with key changes

20 Jan 2023 Jocelyn Horton    Last updated: 20 Jan 2023

Information sessions are being held across Mid Ulster over the coming weeks for groups hoping to secure funding from the council’s 2023/24 Grant Aid Programme.

Mid Ulster District Council’s 2023/24 Grant Aid Programmes are set to open for applications on Monday 30th January.   

The grants cover a wide spectrum of activities within Mid Ulster, including arts, culture, environment, sport, events and infrastructure.
This year, the council has introduced a new online grants system to help improve efficiency and accessibility for community and voluntary organisations and groups during the application process. 

Under the small development grants, funding of up to £1,500 is available, while grants of up to £3,500 will also be available for community venues and facilities. Groups organising large public events with more than 1,000 in attendance can apply for up to £8,000 funding, while up to £1,500 is available to local community festivals in the Mid Ulster District Area. There are also Irish Language Bursaries and Irish Language activity grants.
Other key changes include:

  • The previous Sports Capital Grant and Venues grant will now be merged into one new Community Venues/Facilities grant to help support the cost of the provision of community buildings across the district.
  •  The previous Small Sports grant is now incorporated within the Small Development Grant covering the thematic areas of Arts/Culture/Heritage/Community/Environment & Sports.
  •  Irish Language Programme Grants will now be online (Bursaries grant will have an extended opening to Good Friday 7 April 2023).

Applications for the Council’s Grant Aid Programme will open on Monday 30 January and will close on Thursday 16 March, with an extended deadline for some grants.

To support groups and to help explain the new system, the application process, and these key changes in greater detail, four information session have been arranged. 

Information Sessions

The information sessions will take place on:

  • Tuesday 24 January, Dungannon Council Office, 7pm - 9pm
  • Wednesday 25 January, Cookstown Leisure Centre, 7pm - 9pm
  • Thursday 26 January, Magherafelt Council Office, 7pm - 9pm 
  • Wednesday 1 February, online, 7pm 

You must register to attend any of these sessions. Please email [email protected]  

The link to apply for the grants (which will include the guidance notes, eligibility criteria, and contacts for each grant) will go live at 9am on Monday 30 January.

Visit Grant Aid Programme for more information along with Grant Categories 2023-2024. You can also telephone 03000 132 132 for advice. 

Note: The Council’s Good Relations and Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership are currently developing their Action Plans for 2023/24. If you would like to engage or partner with them on the delivery of their plans, please contact the PCSP or Good Relations team 03000 132 132.

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by Jocelyn Horton

Fundraising Advice Officer

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