Community Centre Venue Fund 2024-2025
1. Fund Background Information

Community Centre Venue Fund 2024-2025

Fund Key Dates:  
Date Opens: Still to be confirmed
Date Closes: Still to be confirmed
Current Status: Opening Soon for Applications

The Community Centre Venue Fund Application Form is used to apply for financial support up to a maximum of £12,000 from Derry City and Strabane District Council.

There will be one round of funding in this financial year for a three-year period starting in 2024/25 and rolled over dependant on funding each year of 2025/26 and 2026/27.

The fund was established in recognition of the contribution Community Centres can make to communities, to the local economy and wider government policy priorities.

The primary purpose of the Community Centre Venue Fund is to support the provision of good quality, accessible facilities, and services and to encourage good practice and partnership working between Council and the Community & Voluntary sector. This fund aims to address gaps in services where there are no or limited services through existing council owned and community managed centres.

The fund is open to constituted 'not for profit' venues that are, accountable, and representative of the geographical area which they service. It is a competitive scheme and applications will be assessed on the quality of information provided within the application form. Applications must score 60% or Over to reach the threshold to be considered for funding.

Community Centre Venue funding will assist Centres that

  • Are located within the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.
  • Provide an extensive Community Development Programme and encourage general community participation.
  • Promote equality of opportunity and good relations including Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
  • Have reasonable accessibility for people with disabilities.
  • Are clearly linked to addressing the Community Development issues identified within the Local Growth Plans.
  • Have reasonable accessibility for people with disabilities.
  • Have one or more meeting rooms.
  • Have kitchen facilities with a health rating.
  • Have public toilet provision.
  • Have storage space.

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Centres that do not directly benefit Derry City and Strabane District Council residents.
  • Centre activities related to the promotion of religious or political interests, profit taking activities, projects that are clearly the responsibility of another statutory body. Consideration will only be given to venues which benefit the wider community.
  • Centre projects that improve or benefit privately owned land that has no public access.
  • Centres whose primary objective is to raise money for charity.
  • Organisations which are applying for or have already received a Cultural Venues Fund Grant.
  • Council Owned Community Managed Community Centres.
  • An organisation cannot hold a Community Venues Fund and also a Community Support Fund for core costs at the same time. Organisations may hold Community Venues Fund and a Community Support Fund for Project costs.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Derry City and Strabane District Council will use the information you give us on the application form during assessment and for the life of any grant we award you to administer and analyse grants and for our own research.

We may give copies of this information to individuals and organisations we consult with when assessing applications, when monitoring grants and evaluating the impact of our funding programmes. These organisations may include accountants, external evaluators and other organisations or groups involved in delivering the project.

We may also share information with other government departments, organisations providing match funding and other organisations and individuals with a legitimate interest in applications and grants, or for the prevention or detection of fraud.

We might use the data you provide for our own research. We recognise the need to maintain the confidentiality of vulnerable groups and their details will not be made public in any way, except as required by law.

We will dispose of the information we hold when we no longer require it and in line with our Retention and Disposal policy.

For further information, please visit the Council's web page at

Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives members of the public the right to request any information that we hold, subject to certain exemptions that may apply. This includes information received from third parties, such as, although not limited to, grant applicants, grant holders and contractors.

If information is requested under the Freedom of Information Act we will release it, subject to exemptions; although we may consult with you first. If you think that information you are providing may be exempt from release if requested, you should let us know when you apply.

For further information please visit the Council’s web page at or the Information Commissioner's Office at

Deadline for Submission of Applications

If you are submitting your application in an alternative format you should send it to:

Community Centre Venue Fund 2024-2025
Health and Community Directorate
Community Development Section
Derry City and Strabane District Council
98 Strand Road
Derry BT48 7NN


Community Centre Venue Fund 2024-2025
Health and Community Directorate
Community Development Section
Derry City and Strabane District Council
47 Derry Road
Strabane BT82 8DY

Applicants are reminded that the deadline for submission of applications is 3.00 p.m. on Friday, 09th February 2024. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application early as this deadline is absolute. Please do not wait until near the closing time to submit your application. Under no circumstances will an application be deemed eligible after the 3:00 p.m. deadline.

Be aware of the speed of your internet connection, your system configuration and the volume of general web traffic that may impact on the time required to upload your application.

Derry City and Strabane District Council cannot accept responsibility for transmission delays. Your completed application must be received before the deadline.

Please note that all projects will be subject to a monitoring and evaluation process. Please read all documentation carefully before submitting your application.

Remember: An official receipt must be obtained from a Council Official from the Health and Community Directorate if the application is delivered by hand.

If posting, it is recommended that you do give due regard to delivery times specifically during holiday time including Bank Holidays to ensure that your application is delivered by the closing date.

Associated Documents:
Note: It would be benefical to print out and read these documents prior to completing an application.

Guidance Notes | Scoring Matrix
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2. Eligibility Pre-assessment Questions

Eligibility Check Questions

Before you can submit an application you must first complete the questions below to see if you are eligible. Only if you are eligible can you proceed to submit an application for funding.

Question Answer Outcome
Q.1 Does your organisation operate and deliver programmes within the Derry City and Strabane District Council Area? Yes No
Q.2 Is your Centre located within the Derry City and Strabane District Council Area? Yes No
Q.3 Are your beneficiaries from the Derry City and Strabane District Council Area? Yes No
Q.4 Does your organisation have Public Liability Insurance, Building Insurance and if applicable, Employer’s Liability Insurance? Yes No
Q.5 Does your venue have all the facilities listed below?
- Have a hall or other indoor space adaptable for various community needs.
- Have disability access.
- Have one or more meeting rooms.
- Have kitchen facilities with a health rating.
- Have public toilet provision.
- Have storage space.
Yes No

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3. Application Form

Community Centre Venue Fund 2024-2025 - Application Form

Congratulations you have are eligible to apply and have reached the Application Form stage.
Please note: if you leave this page without hitting / clicking on the Save Button you will lose your work. You can save the application as you complete it, by simply clicking on the 'Just Save' button. When you are ready to submit the Application to Derry City and Strabane District Coucil click on the 'Save and Submit' button.
Associated Documents:
Guidance Notes | Scoring Matrix
Reference Number:  Generated Upon Submission

Essential Details

Name of Organisation: *
Name of Centre: *
Email Address: *
Main Contact Name: *
Office and mobile number of key contact for this application: *
Fund Appplied For
Please specify the fund you have applied to *
Tier One – Rural DEA's only – Derg/Faughan/Sperrin - £4,001 - £12,000
Tier Two – Urban DEA's only – Ballyarnett/Foyleside/Moor/Strabane/Waterside - £4,001 - £12,000

Application Form

Q1 What is the District Electoral Area (DEA) where your venue is based and your postcode
Please choose the closest Council Owned Community Managed Centre to your venue and detail miles using only RAC Route Planner. (Please see Guidance Notes and Appendix A for list of all Council Owned Community Managed Centres).
Name of Centre Address Post Code Area Nearest Centre
Bishop Street Community Centre 195 Bishop Street, Derry BT48 6UJ Moor
Carnhill Community Centre Carnhill Estate, Derry BT48 8BA Ballyarnett
Clady Community Centre 157 Urney Road, Strabane BT82 9RP Strabane
Creggan Community Centre Central Drive, Creggan, Derry BT48 9QG Moor
Fanad Drive Sub Office 3 Fanad Drive, Derry BT48 9QE Moor
Galliagh Community Centre 131 Galliagh Park, Derry BT48 8DF Ballyarnett
Glebe Community Centre 21 Garvan Court, Derry BT82 9WE Derg
Glenview CC & Men's Shed Innov. Hub Cedar Street, Derry BT48 0EG Foyleside
Irish Street Community Centre 19a Bann Drive, Londonderry BT47 2HJ Waterside
Kildrum Gardens Community Centre 2 Rathkeel Way, Foyle Hill Estate, Derry BT48 9RY Moor
Leafair Well-Being Centre 60a Leafair Park, Derry BT48 8JT Ballyarnett
Lincoln Courts Community Centre 186a Lincoln Courts, Londonderry BT47 5NX Waterside
Mullabuoy Community Centre 32 Lettershandoney Avenue, Co. Derry BT47 3HY Faughan
Oakland Park Community Centre Oakland Park, Foyle Hill, Derry BT48 9UG Moor
Shantallow Community Centre 38 Drumleck Drive, Shantallow, Derry BT48 8EN Ballyarnett
Springhill Community Centre 113a Springhill Park, Strabane BT82 8BZ Strabane
Top of the Hill Community Centre 10 Trench Road, Derry BT47 2DS Waterside
Tullyally Community Centre Glendermott Valley Business Park, Londonderry BT47 3QR Waterside
Victoria Bridge Community Centre 16 Fyfin Road, Victoria Bridge, Strabane BT82 9LF Strabane
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Q2. Local Growth Plan Outcomes

How will your service contribute to the outcomes within the Social Pillar in your Local DEA Growth Plan. Each of the four outcomes are listed below with a maximum of 200 words per outcome.

See Guidance Note: QB2 (Maximum 800 words across all 4 boxes)
Outcome 1 - Community Development Outcome: We live in a shared equal and safe community
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Outcome 2 - Health and Wellbeing Outcome: We live long healthy and fulfilling lives
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Outcome 3 - Children and Young People Outcome: Our children and young people have the best start in life
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Outcome 4 - Older Peoples Outcome: We have a caring society that supports people throughout their lives
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Community Development Definition

Community Development is a process which enables people to organise and work collectively to bring about social change. Community Development starts from people's own experience and enables communities to work together to:

  • Influence or take decisions about issues that matter to them and affect their lives.
  • Define needs, issues and solutions for their community.
  • Using their strengths and resources, take collective action to help themselves and make a difference.
  • Develop their confidence, skills and knowledge
Q3 Please supply details of your Centre’s proposed Community Development Programme. Please ensure you list the duration in hours for each programme or activity session (See Guidance Note: QB3)
    Name of Activity Number of Participants Days / Times / Durations Details of Programme    
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Q4 What management and financial systems are in place in your organisation and how will you ensure successful grant and project management? (500 words maximum) (See Guidance Note: QB4)
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Q5 Please outline how your centre will develop in terms of the range and quality of services provided over the next three years and outline your plans for any future improvements or to address any potential barriers to delivery. (See Guidance Note QB5)
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Community Centre Venue Fund Costs

What is the total amount requested from Derry City and Strabane District Council?
Amount Requested (£):

Applicants Authorisation

Current Chairperson: *
Date: *  

Current Secretary or Treasurer: *
Date: *  

Thank you! Your Application was saved and has been submitted successfully to the Health and Community Directorate, Community Development Section, at Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Your Reference Number:

We will be in touch, when we have reviewed your application.

Good Luck with your Application!

Sincere Regards,

Health and Community Directorate,
Community Development Section,
Derry City and Strabane District Council,
98 Strand Road,
BT48 7NN

Telephone: 02871253253