NORTHERN Ireland MEP Diane Dodds has launched her latest funding directory specifically aimed at churches and faith based organisations. The directory highlights almost 50 sources of funding, as well as advice on how to apply.
Speaking at the launch, she said, “Since I was elected I have made it a key priority to promote funding opportunities available through the European Commission and national sources.
“In November 2011, I produced my first Signposts to Funding Directory, which was aimed at community groups and not-for-profit organisations. I also committed to helping local businesses by publishing my second Signposts to Funding Directory in June of this year.
“Churches and faith-based organisations continue to play an enormously positive role within Northern Ireland. However, in a society that has become increasingly secular in outlook, many of these groups are of the belief nothing is available for them. Others believe that their faith prevents them from applying from certain sources of support, most notably Lottery Funding.
“My new publication - ‘Signposts to Funding for Churches and Faith-Based Organisations’ - highlights that such thinking is flawed. It presents potential applicants with over 30 sources of funding. These streams offer assistance with projects for buildings, refurbishments, equipment, core costs, youth work and Christian education, whilst prioritising the most vulnerable groups in our society.
“This directory also recognises the international dimension of the work carried by churches and faith-based organisations in Northern Ireland that advances the Christian faith through mission, health and welfare, education, training and relief.”
Mayor of Craigavon Councillor Carla Lockhart said, “I am delighted at MEP Diane Dodds initiative to launch this most recent funding booklet for churches and faith-based organisations. All too often churches do feel exempt from funding opportunities however, this booklet provides a comprehensive overview of what really is available.”
For further information, contact the office of Diane Dodds MEP on 028 92 667733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org