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Community Development is about empowering people to make a difference in their community for the benefit of all.Through our Community Development Strategy Council aims to strengthen local communities, increase community participation and promote social inclusion. We do this by supporting community groups, community activity and local advice services. Council receives financial assistance from the Department for Communities (DfC) Community Support Programme which we match to support these activities.

What support do we provide?

  • Community Development Grant Programmes
  • Training for community groups
  • Community Buildings Mentor Support Programme
  • Support for Community Festivals and Events
  • Generalist Advice provision
  • Support with new group setup and governance issues
  • Support to carry out local  engagement exercises
  • Sourcing and applying for funding
  • Support to develop business cases for community projects
  • Support to review financial sustainability
  • Signposting to other support services
  • Co-ordination and support for groups in Neighbourhood Renewal areas.
Please get in touch if you would like to have a chat about how we can help your group
To keep up to date with training, funding and other useful information sign up to the Community & Voluntary Organisations Register



Community Development Grant Programmes

A number of Community Development Grants are available to support community organisations:

Community Development Support Grant – financial support for core operating costs of community development organisations that provide a range of services and activities to meet identified needs of their whole community.

Community Festivals Fund - to support, promote and develop the capacity of communities to host community festival events across the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area, ranging from one day fun days to week long festival

Social Inclusion Grant - small grants for local community and voluntary organisations that are involved in activities that encourage people within their community, particularly those that are socially excluded, to participate in social and recreational activities.

Please Note: Community Development grants are awarded annually, usually opening for applications in early December with closing dates towards the end of January.

A range of other grants are available from other departments in Council for community organisations.  For full details of available grants and deadlines and how to apply please click here.



Community Buildings Mentor Support Programme

The Community Buildings Mentor Support Programme is a bespoke programme that matches community organisations operating their own community building with a mentor who has expertise in a key area such as health and safety, human resources, business case development etc

Please click here for further details.

To apply for support through this programme please complete a Support Request Form.



Community Festivals and Events

In addition to financial support through the Community Festivals Fund, Council provides support to community festival and event organisers.

Event Management: A Guide for Planning and Organisation of Community Festivals and other Events is a useful resource that provides guidance on a whole range of aspects of organising community events. Click here to access a copy of the Guide.

Community Buildings Mentor Support Programme

CBMP Support Request Form

Guide for Planning and Organisation of Community Festivals and other Events

Contact Us

If you would like further information, please contact us