Councils Leisure and Development Committee refused to approve funding applications for a number of events last week which includes SupercupNI, North West 200 and the Stendhal Festival.
Members the Leisure and Development Committee voted to defer a decision on grants totalling £250K because of concerns over rejected bids from other events.
Heart of the Glens Festival in Cushendall, Limavady’s Danny Boy Jazz and Blues event, the Ballymoney Show and County Londonderry Agricultural Show were among the failed applicants.
Commenting on the matter Councillor Cara McShane said ‘A strict application process to avail of the Large and Small Events funding pot for the entire Causeway Coast and Glens Council = £250k.
Unfortunately last night – 9 out of 16 organisations who applied for that pot were rejected and the fund was over-subscribed, including the long-established Heart of the Glens festival which had requested a small amount of £14k.
To put this in context – the cost of the Portrush AirShow (one event) – with no requirement to apply for funding = £300k
Sinn Féin challenged this again last night and the only party to vote against the proposal to accept the funding allocation. We have requested analysis and discussion at the full Council meeting at the end of the month, before any final decision is taken.
There must be a fair and equitable distribution of resources.’