Mid Ulster District Council has awarded over £400K in grant aid to groups in the voluntary and community sector across the region.
The grants, the first from the new Council, will provide financial support for a range of activity form sports, arts and culture, community and strategic events to community development and good relations projects.
Announcing the funding package, Chair of the Council, Councillor Linda Dillon, said:
“Mid Ulster has a very strong voluntary and community sector, which is demonstrated by the fact that we are funding more than 620 applications through the programme.
“Many of these groups rely on financial support from the Council and I’m very pleased that, in bringing together the grant aid schemes operated by the 3 previous councils, Mid Ulster is ensuring the sector is continuing to benefit”.
Councillor Frances Burton, Chair of the Council’s Development Committee, which has responsibility for the grants programme, welcomed the outcome:
“Rolling out such a large scale grant aid scheme so early in the life of the new council was a significant undertaking, but one which we prioritised given the importance of our financial support to hundreds of voluntary and community groups.
“I look forward to seeing the positive impact of that support in the year to come”.
Grants were awarded in 9 categories: Sports Representative/Sports Club Development, Arts & Culture, Regional Minority Languages, Community Festivals, Strategic Events, Community Support Small Grants, Community Venues, Strategic Community Development Support and Good Relations.