Council encourages participation at Community Funding Fairs

17th December 2019

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council will host Funding and Advice Fairs for community and voluntary sector groups on Tuesday 21 January in the Tara Centre, Omagh and on Thursday 23 January 2019 in Enniskillen Library from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

The Funding and Advice Fairs will enable members of local community and voluntary sector groups to drop in anytime between 4.30pm-7.30pm to meet with representatives from various funding and advice agencies to find out more about the various supports, networks and opportunities available.

Staff from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council will also be available provide information on opportunities available through the Council’s Grants and Bursary Programme 2020/2021 which opens for applications in the week preceding the Funding and Advice Fairs.

In the current financial year, the Council has allocated £423,700 to over 700 groups and individuals. 

The grant round will include support towards community premises overheads (Revenue Grant), Community Festivals and Events, Community Projects,  Summer Schemes ,Good Relations, Remembering & Commemoration – Decade of Centenaries, Arts, Culture and Heritage projects, Irish in the Community,  and sports grants. 

Individuals seeking a bursary for their development in Sport, Irish language, and Arts, Culture and heritage will also have the opportunity to learn about the application process.

Speaking about the Funding and Advice Fair, the Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Siobhán  Currie, paid tribute to local  groups tor their contribution to the economic and social life of the district and said that the Council was pleased to organise the Funding and Advice Fairs to help to ensure local groups are aware of the various supports available to them.

“We are fortunate to have such a vibrant community and voluntary sector within our Council area. Funding and support are vital keys to their success. As such, facilitating these Funding Fairs represents an important contribution to this success and I encourage everyone to take advantage of the considerable knowledge available”.

There is also an opportunity for new groups who require support during their formative phase to find how the Council and other agencies can provide help and guidance on a practical level.

For further information on the Funding and Advice Fair, please contact Community Services, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council by telephoning 0300 303 1777 (calls charged at local rate) or email communitysupport@fermanaghomagh.com.