Coleraine groups funding to take part in UK City of Culture celebrations

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GROUPS in the Coleraine 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 Coleraine 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.

Big Lottery Fund NI Director, Joanne McDowell, said: “We want to ensure that groups in the Coleraine 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.”

The guidance notes and application form for the Culture for All programme are now available to download from Big Lottery Fund’s website at