Community Relations / Cultural Diversity

Deadline date: 

14 November 2018

CR/CD Grants Scheme re-opens on 2nd April 2018

There are a number of changes to the 2018/19 Scheme which include a new application form.   

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a proposal prior to submitting an application please contact a member of the Funding & Development Programme. Phone 028 9022 7500 or email

Aim of the Scheme

The Community Relations Council, with the support of Government, has established a fund of approximately £400,000 to spend each year on community relations projects. This funding is intended to help community/voluntary groups throughout Northern Ireland develop their capacity to engage in community relations work and to enhance the community relations potential of projects they undertake.

Objectives of the Scheme This grant scheme seeks to achieve the aims listed below by providing advice and financial support for projects. Questions 16 and 17 of this application form will ask you to identify which of these aims best matches the objectives of your project.

  • To develop opportunities for groups to explore their own cultures, beliefs and traditions, thus increasing their capacity to develop relationships of trust with those of different traditions and values.
  • To develop opportunities for groups to extend their knowledge and understanding of others’cultures, beliefs, traditions; increasing their acceptance of and respect for diversity.
  • To enable groups to challenge stereotypes of their own and other communities in order to acknowledge and address difference.
  • To increase the ability and confidence of groups and organisations to identify and address those issues that divide them.
  • To develop networks of communication, trust and co-operation between divided communities.
  • To promote models of good practice for community relations work in Northern Ireland.



Costs are eligible for a project from the date of receipt of the application by CRC. However it is at the groups own risk to undertake an event before it has been assessed or awarded funding.

Grants may be awarded towards the cost of the following:

  • Community events, festivals, residential activities.
  • Seminars, workshops or discussion groups.
  • Fees for trainers, speakers, artists or facilitators.
  • Basic travelling costs within Ireland. (In line with Civil Service guidelines costs for travel and subsistence are capped). Travel to mainland Britain will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
  • Venue hire and catering costs.
  • Resource materials.
  • Bursaries for community relations practitioners to attend conferences. (These are limited to one bursary per year for an individual from an applicant group).


  • Community development groups
  • Cultural organizations
  • Women’s groups
  • Church groups
  • Tenants associations
  • Youth groups


  • Core costs e.g. running costs/salaries
  • Capital expenditure
  • Hire of own premises
  • Competitions
  • Religious services
  • Schools
  • Purchase/lease of musical instruments/uniforms and sporting equipment
  • Cash generative schemes or Party political activities
  • Retrospective events
  • Travel outside Ireland and Britain, except in the case of bursaries
  • Expenditure over and above the limits in the Letter of Offer without prior written approval.

Monitoring and Evaluation

It is a condition of any grants awarded that the Council receives monitoring and evaluation information after the project has taken place. As the grant recipients are expected to do some of this themselves, monitoring and evaluation forms to assist the process will be sent to all groups who are offered a grant.

Information on Application

Additional application forms are available from the Community Relations Council. The Council will try to process applications as quickly as possible, but this will depend upon current resources and demand. Applications usually take 8 – 12 weeks to process. It is always best to apply during the early development stages of the project as this allows time for Council staff and the group to adequately discuss the project. Applications that have been registered before the project takes place but have not been processed by CRC until after the event are still eligible. There is no restriction on the number of applications any one group can make to the scheme. However, if a group has received funding in the past, it may need to demonstrate that new proposals will build upon earlier achievements. Please feel free to attach further notes for any of the questions if there is insufficient space. Applicants should understand that while careful consideration is given to each application, it may not be possible to assist applicants to the extent requested, even if applications come within the criteria set out above. Due to the large volume of applications received, it is unlikely we will be able to extend grant aid to each applicant. 

Together Building a United Community

Applicants are required to outline the outcome in Together: Building a United Community (see list below) to which the proposed project will contribute.

Key Priority 1: Our Children and Young People

Outcome 1.1 Improving attitudes between young people from different backgrounds.
Outcome 1.2 Young people engaging in bringing the community together.

Key Priority 2: Our Shared Community

Outcome 2.1 Increased use of shared space and services (e.g. leisure centres, shopping centres, education, housing)
Outcome 2.2 Shared Space is accessible to all.

Key Priority 3: Our Safe Community

Outcome 3.1 Reduce the prevalence of hate crime and intimidation.
Outcome 3.2 A community where places and spaces are safe for all.

Key Priority 4: Our Cultural Expression

Outcome 4.1 Increased sense of community belonging (widens contribution beyond community background)
Outcome 4.2 Cultural diversity is celebrated

The ‘Together: Building a United Community’ Strategy, published on May 23 2013, reflects the Executive’s commitment to improving community relations and continuing the journey towards a more united and shared society.

You can download the ‘Together: Building a United Community’ Strategy at the link below. 

Together: Building a United Community (PDF 620 KB)