Council announces second round of Grant Aid Calls

Published: 2nd September 2015

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has announced a second round of applications for grant assistance for the current financial year.

The call for applications opened on Tuesday 1 September and will close on Wednesday 30 September at 5:00pm, after which applications will not be considered.

Applications are invited from voluntary clubs, societies, organisations and individuals based in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area, for grant aid under the following themes:

  • Capital grants -The maximum level of funding is up to 75% of eligible expenditure up to a maximum grant of £20,000
  • Arts, Culture & Heritage
  • Community Services (General Grant Aid)
  • Community Services (Project Development)
  • Festivals & Events (Small)
  • Festivals & Events (Large)
  • Good Relations
  • Sports Development & Recreation (Small)
  • Seeding Grants – Arts, Culture and Heritage Bursaries
  • Sports Bursaries

To assist voluntary clubs and societies and community groups with the application for grant aid, information sessions will be held on the following dates and locations:

Monday 7 September, 7.30pm –9pm – Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

Tuesday 8 September, 1pm – 3pm – Intec Centre, Enniskillen

Tuesday 8 September, 7.30pm –9pm – Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown

Wednesday 9 September, 7.30pm – 9pm – Castlepark Centre, Lisnaskea

Thursday 10 September, 1pm – 3pm – Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has already recommended the allocation of £228,698.77 from the first round of applications. A total of 347 projects or initiatives, from 278 groups were assisted, with grants ranging from £100 to £5,000. Some groups or organisations submitted several applications for a range of projects, all of which support thriving and sustainable local communities. Groups which received grant aid included Skyzdalimit in Omagh which supports people with disabilities. With the financial assistance of £500 the group staged a dramatic production “The Bishop” in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh, which was a very valuable project to build confidence and increase integration of people with disabilities into the community.

Boho Community Association in Co. Fermanagh was another local community group which was awarded £1,030 to run the annual 3-day Summer festival which builds social inclusion by bringing all the community together to celebrate, engage in new and different activities, and enjoy a weekend of entertainment for all age groups.

Commenting on the second call for grand aid applications the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Regeneration & Community Committee, Councillor Errol Thompson, reinforced the Council’s commitment to supporting and sustaining local communities throughout the district and said “ the allocation of these significant financial resources by the Council is an acknowledgement of the tremendous work that is undertaken by so many community and voluntary groups in our district and I believe that money allocated in this way is an excellent investment in strengthening our local communities.”

Application forms and associated guidelines can be downloaded from the grants and funding section of the Council website or by contacting the Funding and Investment Unit, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (tel: 0300 303 1777, e: grants@fermanaghomagh.com).

The closing date for receipt of all applications, is 5.00pm on Wednesday 30 September 2015.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

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