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Friday, August 12, 2022

£20,000 approved for stained glass window

Councillors have approved the appointment of an artist to create a £20,000 stained glass window at Coleraine Town Hall to mark the centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland.

Members of the Causeway Coast & Glens Leisure & Development Committee gave the seal of approval to Chris McClintock Stained Glass for the design, manufacture and installation of the ‘NI 100’ stained glass window.

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DUP Councillor Aaron Callan commented on a site visit with the  Honorable Irish Society saying: “They thought it was a fantastic project and were excited to get involved in it in some way.”

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UUP Alderman Joan Baird, who also attended the visit, added: “I think it’s fantastic we have got the stained glass window concept up and running, albeit at very early stages and I look forward to the production of the design for that which I hope will encompass all of our Borough. It will be a great addition to the town hall in Coleraine which is, I feel, the town hall for the whole Borough.”

Members of the committee also approved the award amount of £89,000 for the successful applicants of the NI100 Small Grant Programme.

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The level of grant aid was a maximum grant of £1,500 for single organisations, a maximum grant of £3,500 for two or more organisations working together and a maximum grant of £5,000 for three or more organisations working together. 

Councillors were informed that there were 144 applications to the value of £147,000. Each was scored by the working group and 31 out of 44 were approved having scored in excess of the 65% threshold.  

Although the budget was £89,000, the total value of the successful applications for eligible costs was £116,881 so the NI100 Working Group proposed that each of the successful applications would be offered a standard reduced amount 76.15% of the eligible costs requested. 

Some of the successful groups were Dervock & District Community Association in partnership with Dervock Young Defenders Flute Band and Dervock LOL 534 who received £3,746.58; Dunloy Football Club in partnership with Dunloy Stronger Together and Dunloy Youth Club who received £3,802.93; Ullans Speakers Association in partnership with Kingdom of Dalriada Ulster-Scots Society, North Antrim Bands Forum and Ballymoney Chamber of Commerce who received £3,807.50 and Limavady Volunteer Centre in partnership with Limavady Family Centre and Equal who received £3,647.59.

Welcoming the response to the grant programme Councillor Callan said: “It is great to see such a wide range of applicants come forward and to see it oversubscribed. 

“It shows the appetite out there from a wide range of groups to do a range of programmes to mark the centenary of the country.”

Alderman Baird agreed saying: “I’m very pleased we had such a fantastic response to our grants programme, it bodes very well for our Borough that so many people are interested in celebrating our NI 100 centenary.”

Gillian Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter

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