Moyle Community Festivals and Tourist Event Funds

26 02 2014

Funding Direction

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has urged the Tourism and Community Event organisers to avail of the  the Moyle Tourism Events Fund and Community Festivals Fund which will open next week and close on the Monday 31st March.

Tourism Event Fund:

The Tourism Event Fund seeks to provide financial support for events that align themselves to the key priority areas as outlined in the Tourism Handbook 2011-2015. These priority areas are as follows; Cultural tourism, Food tourism and Sports and activities (tourism related).

 The event must also meet the following objectives;

  • Generate economic benefits for the Moyle area through increased visitor numbers and spend
  • Encourage events to extend the tourism season
  • Demonstrate the capacity to grow in terms of spectator and participant numbers and media profile
  • Enhance the visitor experience
  • Enhance the profile and appeal of the Moyle area

 Community Festivals Fund:

The primary purpose of the Community Festivals Fund is to improve the capacity of community festivals and make them less reliant on public funding by providing support and training in addition to funding towards the cost of the events. The Fund enables community organisations to celebrate their cultural identity and to strengthen community relations.  In 2008, the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) transferred funds to the 26 Local Authorities to administer to community festivals.  Moyle District Council matches the funding from DCAL and has developed a Community Festivals Fund Grant Programme through which it can provide financial assistance to community festivals in the Moyle District.

 A Community Festival is typically a series of different events with a common theme. The Festival must be initiated and led by a community organisation or a community led partnership.  The community must play a strong part in the development and delivery of the Festival and the Festival should be open to and encourage participation from all sections of the community.  There are two types of community that may apply:

  • geographical communities – villages, neighbourhoods, districts or rural areas
  • community of interest – a group of people with a common interest or concern

 Council has split the Community Festivals Fund into 2 categories of event:

 Small Festivals – one and two day Festivals. Fun day type events are eligible but should be programmed to take place over at least 5 hours and have a range of activities.

 Large Festivals – Festivals lasting 3 days or more and attracting at least 15,000 participants/ spectators overall. Applicants will be required to prove that their event has attracted these numbers of people.





Cunningham looks forward to second Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

24 01 2014

welcome aboard 

Ballycastle Councillor Dónal Cunningham has expressed his delight that following the success of the inaugural Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival in 2013, the 2014 event is to receive sponsorship from the NITB Tourism Event Fund.

“I have every confidence that this event will continue to grow, and the NITB sponsorship will be an enormous help.”

“This year’s event will  run from 23th  May to 1nd June and will be centred on the Rathlin Sound, the body of water which lies between Rathlin and Ballycastle.”

“For the opening weekend events will focus on the Ballycastle side and then on Rathlin for the closing weekend. Both locations will host events during the week in-between.”

“The spirit of the event is to encourage “on the water ‘get involved’ activities”, there will be a host of historic craft and modern craft and something to interest the whole family.”
“Throughout the event special menus in local cafes and restaurants which will celebrate our unique food offering.  Last year there was great interest in the special seafood themed market which  included cookery demonstrations, and a special novelty event “Councillor Can’t Cook Won’t Cook” jointly won by Councillor Cunningham.”

“On top of all of that there will be wealth of entertainment in the evenings to choose from including music, drama and films. This certainly an event we can all look forward to.”

Sandra Hunter