Musical Instruments for Bands funding now available
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is now inviting applications for the Musical Instruments for Bands Programme.
Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available as part of the programme, with a total allocation of £200,000 for the 2016-2017 year.
This programme is designed to increase the quality of music-making in the community by helping bands to replace worn-out instruments and purchase new instruments.
The re-opening of the scheme was announced by Department for Communities Minister, Paul Givan MLA, who said;
‘Arts and culture is a highly valuable sector that contributes to the skills, education, confidence and health and well-being of all citizens. It is clearly evident that bands have the potential to add wider value in terms of community cohesion, economic regeneration and social inclusion and the reinstatement of this funding will provide further assistance to enable the sector to reach this.
I fully recognise the value of this scheme and remain committed to supporting it going forward.’
The Minister's full statement can be read at www.communities-ni.gov.uk
The eligibility criteria, programme guidance notes and sample application form are now available here.
Ulster-Scots Community Network staff will be hosting information evenings in a number of locations to offer advice and guidance to those wishing to apply –
• Monday 1st August 2016 at 8.00pm Ballymoney Town Hall, 1 Townhead St, Ballymoney, BT53 6BE
• Tuesday 2nd August 2016 at 8.00pm – Discover Ulster-Scots Centre, 1-9 Victoria St, Belfast, BT1 3GA
• Thursday 4th August 2016 at 8.00pm – Brownlow House, Windsor Ave, Lurgan, BT67 9BJ (in association with Carla Lockhart MLA and David Simpson MP)
• Thursday 4th August 2016 at 8.00pm – Lislimnaghan Parish Church Hall, Beltany Rd, Omagh, BT78 5NA
The closing date for all applications is Thursday 15th September 2016 at 4pm