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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

Applications are now being accepted for funding under the above programme to assist minority ethnic organisations to promote good relations between people of different ethnic backgrounds. Applications are also welcome from local community organisations that are working to promote integration.
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.  However, the application process for Tier 1 funding is open until 31 December 2014.

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.
Tier 1 will be open to applications throughout the period of the Fund, with decisions being made on applications on a quarterly basis.
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.

Application deadline - 2pm on 31 December 2014.

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

The application process for Tier 1 funding closes at 2pm on 31 December 2014.  

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: