As part of the Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Equality Act, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council supports a Good Relations Grant Aid Programme with awards of up to £2,500 per application.
All projects MUST contain a substantial good relations element in keeping with the government’s ‘Together: Building a United Community’ (T:BUC) Strategy, which reflects the Executive’s commitment to improving community relations and continuing the journey towards a more united and shared society.
The aim of Good Relations (GR) is to improve day to day relationships by reducing all forms of prejudice, promoting equality and encouraging a society in which our own cultures and traditions as well as other people’s cultures and traditions are understood, respected and accepted.
Who can apply?
Only groups meeting the following conditions are eligible to apply.
- Be comprised of at least six members.
- Be democratically accountable through regular public meetings.
- Hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM).
- Be properly constituted and include a decision making process, and aims and activities that are acceptable to the Council (a copy must be submitted with the application).
- Be managed by a publicly elected committee; the office bearing positions of Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer must be held as a minimum.
- Demonstrate a fair and equitable ethos through their established aims and objectives in accordance with Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act (1998).
- Demonstrate that proposed activities are not a duplication of other activities.
- Produce an annual statement of independently verified or certified accounts, or a bank statement for new groups only.
- Agree to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s monitoring, evaluation, and training procedures if required.