Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council: Good Relations - Building a United Community Fund

Grants which provide funding of up to £1,500 to support, promote and develop Good Relations projects within the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area.  “Good Relations” is about developing positive relationships between people of differing religious beliefs, political opinions and racial backgrounds.

Organisations applying for funding from the Building a United Community Fund will have to demonstrate how their organisation contributes to the Good Relations aims identified in the Causeway Coast and Glens Council Good Relations Strategy 2018/23.These aims are directed by a government strategy published in May 2013 entitled “Together: Building a United Community”. (T:BUC)

  • Our Children and Young people – To continue to improve attitudes amongst our young people and to build a community where they can play a full and active role in building good relations

  • Our Shared Community – To create a community where division does not restrict the life opportunities of individuals and where all areas are open and accessible to everyone

  • Our Safe Community – To create a community where everyone feels safe in moving around and where life choices are not inhibited by fears around safety

  • Our Cultural Expression – To create a community which promotes mutual respect and understanding, is strengthened by its diversity, and where cultural expression is celebrated and embraced

All organisations funded through the Building a United Community Fund must demonstrate how their project contributes towards the aim most appropriate to address the good relations issues in their area. Organisations will be asked to report back on how effective their project has been in meeting these needs and working towards the appropriate aim.


In general the following will not normally be eligible for funding through the Building a United Community Fund:-

  • Projects that only bring groups together and do not address a specific Good Relations need will not be eligible for funding

  • Proposals that do not directly benefit Causeway Coast & Glens Council residents.

  • Applications for funding which are considered to be the responsibility of another statutory organisation or Council fund.

  • Retrospective expenditure where projects have started or services/items have already been obtained and paid.

  • Applications where the applicant will have a personal financial benefit.

  • Costs that are not auditable e.g. cash payments unsupported by an approved petty cash system.

  • Costs towards ongoing running costs (e.g electricity, rent, insurance etc)

  • Building costs/capital expenditure/equipment

  • Costs towards banking charges and / or repayment of debt.

  • Costs that can be claimed back from elsewhere e.g. VAT.

  • Festivals (there is a separate fund for this)

  • Carnivals/fun days

  • Commemorative/anniversary events

  • Religious services where only one section of the community is represented

  • Buying or leasing musical instruments, uniforms or sporting equipment

  • Activities which are part-political in intention, use or presentation

  • Salary costs.

  • Alcohol costs.

  • Gratuities, gifts and prizes.

In some instances there may be an agreed hospitality allocation of funds, which must not exceed 15% of the total Council grant awarded and must be seen as a reasonable amount that is reflective of participant numbers.

How to apply

Applications for financial assistance from Causeway Coast and Glens should be submitted online at by the deadline.

Further guidance on completing the application online is provided on the web-site link.

For further information contact Good Relations Officer Tel: 028 7034 7034 Email:

Closing Date - Friday 26th July 2019 at 12 noon