Funding available for Ballymoney groups

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Groups in the Ballymoney area can now apply for funding to help them play a part in Derry-Londonderry’s UK City of Culture celebrations and improve the lives of people in their own communities.

The Big Lottery Fund and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland have launched the £1.35 million Culture for All programme to support the first UK City of Culture event in Derry-Londonderry in 2013.

Culture for All is a small grants programme offering grants of up to £10,000 to communities across Northern Ireland that want to play a part in the historic celebrations.

Community organisations in Ballymoney and across Northern Ireland will be able to apply for funding to run arts and culture projects and activities that link in with the celebrations, encourage talent and improve the lives of people in communities.

Examples of projects that might be funded could include a community group, youth club or primary school, inspired by the UK City of Culture celebrations, working with local artists, poets or musicians in their communities to make music or create a piece of art celebrating local culture.

A camera club, with links to clubs in Derry-Londonderry, might give young people excluded from school the opportunity to take pictures of local culture and display them in an exhibition, or a reminiscence group could organise for older people to tell their memories of local culture and turn them into a DVD for everyone in the community to watch.

Big Lottery Fund NI Director, Joanne McDowell, said: “The Big Lottery Fund and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, in partnership with the Culture Company 2013, are delighted to be able to play our part in supporting communities across Northern Ireland to take part in activities during the historic UK City of Culture celebrations in Derry-Londonderry.”

She continued: “We want to ensure that groups in the Ballymoney area and across Northern Ireland can develop and deliver arts and culture projects that link to the celebrations and also benefit the lives of people in their local communities.”

Lorraine McDowell, Director of Operations at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “This new fund will give communities across Northern Ireland a chance to be a part of one of the world’s most significant cultural events. In partnership with The Big Lottery Fund, we hope to provide support to at least 150 new community projects in 2013. The UK City of Culture is our time to shine, to showcase our creative strength to international audiences.”

SThe guidance notes and application form for the Culture for All programme are now available to download from Big Lottery Fund’s website at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk;

If you have any queries please contact the Outreach team in Big Lottery Fund’s Belfast office on 028 9055 1455.