Information for applicants
Section 1: What is the Purpose of the Programme?
Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Equality Act states that Public Authorities should promote good relations between people of different religious belief, political opinion and racial group. As part of this work the 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. A breakdown of the key priorities and desired outcomes required by T: BUC are outlined fully in section 2.
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.
As Northern Ireland becomes a more culturally diverse society, we must work to ensure that people of all cultures feel comfortable living here. We must also work towards overcoming sectarianism and division, whilst addressing the legacy of our own conflict.
All communities must have the access to the same skills, relationships and knowledge to enable them to become more integrated over time. Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is committed to providing these resources through its GR Programme.
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.
Go to Newry, Mourne & Down’s Online Funding Hub below, download or view the full guidance document and apply online (registration required). This is a rolling scheme, subject to funding.
Deadline for appilcations is: 16:00, Friday 19 November 2021