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Maskey welcomes extension of Laganside grant scheme for small groups

23 February, 2012 - by Alex Maskey

 Sinn Féin MLA, Alex Maskey, who is also the chair of the DSD committee at the Assembly has welcomed the extension of the Laganside Events Grant Scheme in relation to the amount of funding available to small groups.

 Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

 “The extension of the amount of money available to small groups under the reinstated Laganside Events Grant Scheme is to rise from £300 to £1000. Despite this not seeming like a huge amount of money, for small community and arts groups this will no doubt make a significant difference.

 “Previously the tiny amount of £300 excluded many groups applying to this fund by proxy as the time and effort that it would take to apply for such a small amount made it unappealing.

 “However with this increase in funding I would expect many more groups to uptake the opportunity to apply and play a vibrant role in the artistic life of this city especially in these harder economic times.

 “This isa welcome development as it is within this sector that some of the most imaginative and colourful ideas emanate from alongside the fact that these groups are working right within our communities.”

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