Applications invited to Round 2 of the Ballina 2023 Community Events Fund
The Ballina 2023 Steering Group invites applications from community and voluntary groups under Round 2 of the Ballina 2023 Community Events Fund. Small grants of up to €1,000 will be awarded under the initiative to assist with the development of new and creative small-scale events or initiatives to be included in the Ballina 2023 programme. Nine initiatives have already beeen funded under Round 1.
Chairman of Ballina 2023, Jarlath Munnelly said: “Following the success of Round 1, we are pleased to announce the second of our community events funding rounds. We are particularly keen to support new events, and look forward to supporting community groups to deliver creative and memorable initiatives to mark this milestone in Ballina’s history.”
The community fund is supported by Mayo County Council, and preference will be given to applications that align with Ballina 2023’s key pillars – Arts & Culture, Business and Enterprise, Community and Inclusion, Sport, Sustainability and Youth. Only community organisations with their own decidicated bank accounts are eligible to apply.
Suggested themes include Ballina 2023’s aims to honour the past, celebrate the present and inspire hope for the future, Ballina’s 300th anniversary, Lord Tyrawley or the #MyBallina campaign, where people share their own experiences of Ballina. Types of events to consider are include community street parties, sports days, exhibitions, talks and seminars, and live performances, but groups are invited to be imaginative and creative to mark the 300th anniversary of the town.
The fund is competitive, and applications will be assessed by the Ballina 2023 Steering Group Committee. Successful events will be promoted on the Ballina 2023 website and included in the overall programme of events.
The closing date for applications is Friday, June 9 at 5pm.
Submissions will be accepted via the Ballina 2023 website at www.ballina2023.ie/communityfund where guidelines are also available to download.