A former Director of the Foyle Film Festival has found a new starring role – helping manage the legacy of the 2013 City of Culture events.
Shauna Kelpie, who spent a decade bringing the bright lights of Hollywood to Derry as head of the local film festival, has landed a new lead role at the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, developing the Acorn Fund.
The Acorn Fund provides funding for groups and organisations in the region engaged in excellent activities to build communities or tackle regeneration issues.
The Acorn Legacy Fund is managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and will help cement any economic and social gains felt by the city during its year of celebrations. Based in the City of Culture offices Shauna is thrilled with her new position, believing; “One of the most important aspects of the successful City of Culture bid is making sure the feel good factor was matched by positive impact at ground level.
“This really is where the Acorn Fund comes in - the Fund will be used as a lever to support and develop good work at grassroots community level.”
Communities in the north west will benefit from the grant making element of the Fund, with a focus on supporting cultural activities and social enterprise developments, to attempt break the cycle of deprivation in the region.
Shauna insists; “Contributing to help build the Acorn Fund is a tangible way to ensure that there is a positive legacy for Derry-Londonderry post 2013. “Individuals will be able to contribute to the development of the Fund through gift aid schemes, personal donations and, more effectively, through planned giving to particular projects, which is one of the professional services offered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.”