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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.

Applications for funding

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, a new three tier funding approach has been introduced.
The application process for Tiers 2 and 3 closed on 11 March 2013.

Tier 1

Entry level / Pathfinder MEDF – This may include volunteer led groups / relationship building (supporting own community).  It will also include project funding. Funding of between £100 - £15,000.
Awards may be for one-off events or for projects lasting up to two years.
Tier 1 Entry level / Pathfinder MEDF will broadly equate to what was previously termed “Project Funding”, although it is envisaged that there will be a spread of awards from £100 up to the maximum.

The Tier 1 funding stream is currently oversubscribed and we have fully allocated our budget for this year. Therefore the invitation for new applications has been suspended for the time being.

We will continue to make bids for additional funds in future monitoring rounds and, should we be successful, we will reopen Tier 1 to applications.

How to apply

Guidance notes for applicants, which explain the tiers and the criteria for funding in more detail, are available here:
The application form can be downloaded here:
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

PLEASE NOTE: The Tier 1 funding stream is currently oversubscribed and we have fully allocated our budget for this year. Therefore the invitation for new applications has been suspended for the time being.

Information drop-in clinics

A number of information drop-in clinics were held in the week commencing 25 February 2013. A copy of the presentation given at these clinics can be viewed below: