Grants offered to celebrate Queen’s birthday

Pictured launching the Council's Community Celebration Grants for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday are (l-r); Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council's Leisure & Community Development Committee; the Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett and Mr Jim Rose, Director of Leisure & Community Services.
Pictured launching the Council's Community Celebration Grants for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday are (l-r); Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council's Leisure & Community Development Committee; the Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett and Mr Jim Rose, Director of Leisure & Community Services.

Celebration Grants have been launched by the Mayor, Cllr Thomas Beckett and Alderman Paul Porter for local community groups to mark the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.

Celebration Grants will have a maximum value of £500 and will be provided for ‘community parties’ which are required to take place on a date between Friday 3rd June and Saturday 18 June 2016. Her Majesty’s Birthday will be officially celebrated on the 11th June.

The Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett said: “The Council will be marking the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and has therefore decided to make Celebration Grants available for local community groups.

“Her Majesty has always given sterling service in her role as Monarch, and, as the head of the Royal Family, is revered for her work and her dedication.

“As a mark of respect, the Council wishes to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, and I would encourage our local community groups to get involved and apply for grant-aid.”

Alderman Paul Porter said: “As the Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, I was very much in favour of the Council making provision for local groups in the area being given the opportunity to make plans for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

“The closing date is Thursday 28th April, so hopefully that gives groups time to apply for funding.”

Applications must be made from bonafide Community Groups governed by a constitution or other appropriate governing documentation with office bearers and a committee elected at a minuted AGM with audited or independently examined accounts.

Applications should have the signatories of two office bearers who will be responsible for verifying grant claims.

Application Forms, criteria, and further information are available on the Council’s website www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is currently planning for civic celebrations to take place to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.