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Applications open for Youth 19 Arts Festival Funding

15 February 2019

Young people aged 12-24 are being encouraged to avail of grant funding of up to £500 to host events in this summer’s Youth 19 Arts Festival.

The festival is a new initiative in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area to bring different types of talent together into one big celebration of arts and culture.

Young people are being urged to apply to The Youth 19 Arts Festival support fund to host any initiative that celebrates arts and culture including performances, exhibitions or discussion forums.

The festival will take place from June 26th – July 7th and the core audience of all activities will be the 12 – 24 age group.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, urged local young people to take ownership of the initiative by considering hosting their own events.

“The Youth 19 Arts Festival will be one of the highlights of the Youth 19 programme – a year dedicated to celebrating the key contribution that our young people make to our community,” he said.

“We want the festival to be led by young people for young people so this is your chance to use your imagination and come up with events and performances that celebrate our vibrant local arts and culture.

“It might be an album launch, an event that shares skills, or a creative way to highlight an issue that affects young people, whatever your idea, with the help of grant aid we can help make it a reality this summer.”

To be eligible for funding you must be aged 12 – 24 and living within the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.

Organisations are eligible to apply but a young person must take the lead in the delivery of the project.

The total fund available is £15,000, applicants can apply for grants up to a maximum of £500 and a total of £5,000 will be dedicated to supporting applications from rural areas.

Additional support may be available to support access and inclusions provisions, details of which should be discussed in your budget breakdown.

Applications can be made by filling out an application form, registering to present your proposal in person or by audio or visual submission.

All proposals should give detail on the questions asked in the application form.

Individuals or organisations can submit more than one application but if successful funding will only be issued for one initiative.

If you are a young person with a disability and need support to apply to the Youth Festival Support Fund, please contact us.

The closing date for funding applications is Friday March 15th at 5pm, successful proposals will form part of a wider programme for the youth led festival, all applicants will be notified of the outcome by Thursday April 18th 2019.

Please forward all applications to [email protected] or mail to Youth Arts Festival Support Fund, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Strand Road, Derry, BT48 7NN.

If you have an idea but need support with administration please contact us for advice.

If you are a young person with a disability and need support to apply to the Youth Festival Support Fund, please contact us.

For further information E Mail [email protected], Text 028 71 376 646 or call Youth Festival Support Fund Officer Gareth Stewart on 018 71 253 253 Extension 6964.