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Council Launches its New Three Year Good Relations & Cultural Identity Grant

Council Launches its New Three Year Good Relations & Cultural Identity Grant

May 15, 2019

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is now inviting applications for its ‘Good Relations & Cultural Identity’ grant scheme from community groups and organisations based in its area. For the first time there will be funding available for projects over a three year period, 2019 - 2022 that improve community relations in terms of religion, politics and culture.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 12th June at 12 noon for the opportunity to receive up to £3,000 of grant aid per annum for projects that meet the objectives of the scheme.

The aim of the scheme funded through the Executive Office ‘District Council’s Good Relations Programme’ is to promote positive interactions between all cultures and traditions within Lisburn Castlereagh.

David Burns, Chief Executive speaking about this grant, said: “I am delighted to announce this three year Good Relations & Cultural Identity grant managed by the council. This scheme welcomes applications from local groups committed to demonstrating peace and cultural understanding within Lisburn Castlereagh communities. 

“If your group or organisation is interested in applying for a grant please attend the information workshops to hear about this revised scheme and receive guidance on submitting an application.  The council values the continued financial support for our Good Relations Programme from the Executive Office which plays an important part in ensuring we can offer further support to our communities.”

Mayor Uel Mackin added: “The council understands that local communities are reliant on this grant to develop and implement a programme of events and activities to promote good relations within their area. Through the introduction of this new three year programme of project funding, local communities can build upon projects already in place to create long-lasting outcomes or avail of the opportunity to create new projects that bring people of different backgrounds together.

“It is through the hard work of such organisations and the council’s Good Relations Officer that we can continue to work together to strengthen and further develop the Lisburn Castlereagh community by building and maintaining effective relationships,” concluded Mayor Mackin.

Applications are welcomed under one of the priorities in the Executive Office’s ‘Together: Building a United Community’ Strategy, which outlines how the government, community and individuals can work together to build a united community and achieve change.  The priorities are:

  • Our Children and Young People
  • Our Shared Community
  • Our Safe Community
  • Our Cultural Expression

The grant documentation is available to download from

Alternatively hard copies of the application form or further information can be received from the Community Services team at: Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP, by phoning

028 9244 7713 or emailing 

The Council’s Good Relations Officer is hosting two public information workshops on this revised grant scheme to provide applicant groups and organisations with information on how to complete applications for this revised grant scheme.  You must register your attendance by emailing the Good Relations Officer on or by phoning 028 9244 7713.

The workshops will take place on:

Tuesday 21st May 6:30pm Bridge Community Centre, Lisburn
Wednesday 29th May 6:30pm Moneyreagh Community Centre

Please ensure all applications are submitted in hard copy by 12 noon on Wednesday 12th June to Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn, BT28 1XP.