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Minority Ethnic Development Fund

The Minority Ethnic Development Fund (MEDF) provides support for voluntary and community organisations working with minority ethnic people and groups.

The 2015-16 Fund is now open for applications

The deadline is 4.00pm on 27 April 2015

The aim of the Fund is to assist minority ethnic and local community organisations to promote good relations between people of different ethnic backgrounds.
In line with the recommendations made by the evaluation of the Fund, the three tier funding approach will be continued.

Tier 1

Entry level/Pathfinder MEDF – This may include volunteer led groups/relationship building.  It will also include project funding. Funding of between £100 - £10,000.

Tier 2

Standard MEDF - This may include self help groups (which employ staff) and advocacy organisations which provide a level of service and integration activities. Funding of between £10,000 - £45,000 for one year.
Tier 2 will open to applications once with funding running from April 2015 to March 2016, subject to satisfactory performance by the funded organisation.

Tier 3:

High level MEDF - This includes large scale service provision for Departments and a number of large scale integration activities. It will also include a mentoring role with smaller organisations, therefore facilitating collaborative joined up approach. Funding of between £45,000 - £75,000 for one year.
Tier 3 will open to applications once with funding running from April 2015 to March 2016.

How to apply

Guidance notes for applicants, which explain the tiers and the criteria for funding in more detail, are available below:
The application form can be downloaded below:
Alternatively, application forms are available from:
Minority Ethnic Development Fund
Room E3.18
Castle Buildings
BELFAST
BT4 3SR
Tel: 028 9052 8560
Email: race.equality@ofmdfmni.gov.uk

The deadline for applications is 4.00pm on 27 April 2015

Information drop-in clinics

A number of information drop-in clinics are being held:
  • 13 April - NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast 2.00pm - 4.00pm
  • 14 April - The Old Church, Clarendon Street, Derry/Londonderry 11.00am - 1.00pm
  • 16 April - Craigavon Civic Centre, 66 Lakeview Road, Craigavon 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Attendance is optional but if you are planning on coming please confirm by e-mail to race.equality@ofmdfmni.gov.uk or by telephone on 028 9052 8560.