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Northern Ireland: Festivals

Volume 684: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How grants from the transitional fund, which were used to fund an extra £100,000 to the West Belfast Nationalist Festival this year, are being equality tested.[HL6997]

The Community Festivals Fund is being piloted and the policy is the subject of a consultation exercise that will conclude on 30 September 2006. An equality impact assessment is being undertaken as part of this exercise.

Individual grants are not specifically equality tested.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which organisations have been refused the full amount of funding requested from the first allocation of festival funding operated by the Northern Ireland Events Company.[HL6999]

A list of the organisations that were offered less than the full amount of funding requested from the first allocation of festival funding, including those that were rejected in full, are as follows:

Successful Applications

Armagh Festival of Traditional and Folk Song

Ballymacarrett Community and Cultural Engagement Project

South Lough Neagh Regeneration Association

Gilford District LOL Number 13

Cairncastle LOL 692 Cultural and Community Group

Carlingford Lough International Currach Championships

Bangor District Educational and Historical Society

Coleraine District LOL Number 2 Festival Committee

South Tyrone Empowerment Programme (STEP)

Crumlin Community Festival Group

Fiddlers Green Music and Arts Festival

Fern Community Relations Programme

Glasgowbury Music Group

Greater Shankill Community Festival

Lady of the Lake Festival Committee

Lurgan District LOL No 6

National Country Sports Fair

O'Neill Summer School

Magheragall District LOL No 9

Randalstown Arches Association

Richhill, Hamiltonsbawn and District Golden Jubilee Committee

Sandy Row Residents' Association

Northern Ireland Sheep Shearers' Association

Summer Madness NI Limited

Tyrone Orange Vision 2000

Unsuccessful Applications

North West Rural Development

Comahaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

Dundonald Cultural Society

TG Marketing

Dollingstown Ulster Scots Cultural and Heritage Society

Delorean Owners Association

Youth Action Northern Ireland

Ulster American Folk Park

Culbann Clay Pigeon Club

Larne Alive Committee

Longstone Community Association

Country Lifestyle Exhibitions

Wilson Archer, Megalife Ministries

Merville May Day Festival Committee


Shorts Junior Soccer Section

Switch Ventures

Ulster-Scots Agency

Magherafelt and District Motorclub

Mid Ulster Vintage Vehicles Club

Only one applicant, Carrickfergus District LOL Number 19, was awarded the full amount requested.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 12 July (Official Report, WA 126) concerning funding for community festivals, what is meant by “this funding will be processed by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure”; who will pay the funding; from what source the funding will be paid; and how much is available from that source.[HL7000]

This means that the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure will be responsible for the administration and payment of these funds.

Up to £145,400 will be available to three community festivals in the current year from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure under transitional funding arrangements.