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Community Relations / Cultural Diversity Grant

Deadline for applications: 21 Nov 2015

The Community Relations Council, with the support of Government, has established a fund of approximately £400,000 to spend each year on community relations projects.  This funding is intended to help community/voluntary groups throughout Northern Ireland develop their capacity to engage in community relations work and to enhance the community relations potential of projects they undertake.

Objectives of the Scheme
This grant scheme seeks to achieve the aims listed below by providing advice and financial support for projects.

  1. To develop opportunities for groups to explore their own cultures, beliefs and traditions, thus increasing their capacity to develop relationships of trust with those of different traditions and values.
  2. To develop opportunities for groups to extend their knowledge and understanding of others’ cultures, beliefs, traditions; increasing their acceptance of and respect for diversity.
  3. To enable groups to challenge stereotypes of their own and other communities in order to acknowledge and address difference.
  4. To increase the ability and confidence of groups and organisations to identify and address those issues that divide them.
  5. To develop networks of communication, trust and co-operation between divided communities.
  6. To promote models of good practice for community relations work in Northern Ireland.

Types of Groups Eligible

  • The scheme is aimed at locally based groups such as community development groups, cultural organisations, women’s groups, church groups, tenants associations and other organisations and groups involved in community relations, reconciliation projects and cultural engagement.
  • The scheme is aimed primarily at projects involving adults.  Groups whose main work is with children or youth may be eligible for funding by the Department of Education, Education and Library Boards or the Youth Council.  People working with 0 – 5 year olds should contact local health and social services.

Eligible Costs
Grants may be awarded towards the cost of the following:

  • Bursaries for community relations practitioners to attend conferences.  (These are limited to one bursary per year for an individual from an applicant group).
  • Organisation of events.
  • Seminars or discussion groups.
  • Fees for trainers, speakers, artists or facilitators.
  • Basic travelling costs within Ireland and Britain.
  • Cost of accommodation for speakers.
  • Renting appropriate facilities.
  • Creche provision.
  • Resource materials.
  • Action research and small publication costs.

Please note: The maximum award payable is £10,000 but in the main most grants are much smaller than this.  It may be useful to refer to Community Relations Council annual reports for details of previous grant allocations.

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