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Finance and Funding

Strategic Finance & Funding

The Strategic Finance & Funding section’s role is to optimise Council’s financial resources as efficiently as possible, and works to maximise opportunities to attract external funding and resources into the Derry City and Strabane District Council area for the benefit of our residents, the Council, our stakeholders and the region as a whole.

A key part of our work includes participating in networks and developing strategic partnerships and relationships. By doing so, we aim to raise the profile of the Council area (at a regional, national and European level) and keep abreast of EU affairs, policy and funding opportunities. This proactive engagement contributes to improving capacity and infrastructure, to economic growth and competitiveness, and enhances the long term economic prospects for the area.

Officers work with both internal Council departments and our external partners and stakeholders, to assist in the development of effective projects and programmes, and to signpost to potential sources of funding.  

We do this by providing assistance with the following:

  • Scoping of project concepts and guidance on developing project ideas
  • Identification of and sign-posting to potential sources of funding and finance
  • Assistance in understanding and navigating through the European Commission and the range of funding opportunities it presents
  • Engagement with the EU support mechanisms that exist in Northern Ireland
  • Providing Information and sign posting to EU institutions, organisations and networks
  • Help in finding partners through networks such Eurocities, the NI Horizon 2020 National Contact Points network & the European Enterprise Network.

Looking for funding or finance?

Council now provides citizens, community groups and businesses access to a funding database of all major funding sources as well as those seeking finance. To start your search register below:


Derry City and Strabane District Council can now provide community groups in the area with a facility to search for funding opportunities.  Using this online tool, groups can create tailored searches to identify funding based on their area, type of project or type of beneficiary.  Follow the link below to access up to date opportunities that are open to you now.

Visit the Community Funding Portal for more information


Derry City and Strabane District Council  as of 22 April 2020, can now also access Grantfinder Open 4 Business Funding Portal free until 31 October 2020. The portal provides free access to funding opportunities and supports available to businesses. You can browse or search for suitable funding opportunities for your business using this dedicated online tool.  Users can create tailored searches to identify funding and supports based on their business and type of project.  Follow the link below to access up to date opportunities that are open to you now:

Visit the Business Funding Portal for more Information Strabane Open 4 Business Portal


Alfie Dallas, Head of Strategic Finance & Funding
[email protected]

Richard Osterhus, Funding Manager
[email protected]

Karen Dyson, Funding Project Officer
[email protected]