Minority Ethnic Development Fund

Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 17th February 2020.

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Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin 2:30 pm, 17th February 2020

T10. Mr O'Dowd asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the minority ethnic development fund. (AQT 90/17-22)

Photo of Michelle O'Neill Michelle O'Neill Sinn Féin

The budget for the minority ethnic development fund is just over £1·2 million. Funding awards run from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. Sixty-nine applications were received to the 2019-2020 fund, and 38 were successful. The fund continues to be a key element of our policy for racial equality and good race relations in our society. It is intended to be aligned with and support our racial equality strategy, which runs from 2015 to 2025. The fund continues, and will continue, to support voluntary and community organisations to address the needs of people from ethnic backgrounds, including the Travelling community.

Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin

Will the Minister outline the type of projects involved or, indeed, how funding is applied to each of the organisations that are currently funded?

Photo of Michelle O'Neill Michelle O'Neill Sinn Féin

Funding awards fall into three broad categories or tiers. Tier 1 covers smaller amounts of up to £10,000. They may be for one-off events or for projects lasting up to one year. Tier 2 covers amounts of between £10,000 and £45,000 per annum. Funding is intended to meet central management, development and administrative costs to enable organisations to develop and provide services and projects. Tier 3 covers awards between £45,000 and £75,000 per annum. Similar to tier 2, funding in that category is intended to meet central management, development and administrative costs to enable organisations to develop and provide services and projects. However, tier 3 applications must also include clear proposals to provide a mentoring role with smaller or less-experienced organisations and/or to work collaboratively with others in the sector.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

Time is up. As the next period for questions does not begin until 2.45 pm, I suggest the House takes its ease for a couple of minutes.