Local communities can mark the NI 100 Centenary with grant support

March 5, 2021

The Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council ‘NI 100 Centenary Events’ grant fund is now open for applications. 

Grants of up to £400, are available to constituted community and voluntary groups to mark the centennial year of Northern Ireland with an open and accessible to everyone project or event between May and December 2021.

Submitted applications should reflect an inclusive community focused programme or event, depending on the government guidance regarding Covid-19.  The grant is a way to mark the centenary and inspire future generations.  The online application should be submitted by 12 noon on Thursday 1st April, if you need any support in accessing the application please contact the Community Helpline on 028 9244 7713.

Alderman Michael Henderson MBE, Leisure & Community Development Committee Chairman speaking about this fund, said: “We want local communities to have the opportunity to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland.  We look forward to receiving applications for either in person or virtual events that use art, photographs, talks, dance or film to encourage a sense of community.  Over the last 100 years there are many individuals who have helped to improve our communities and lives, in our own City we have Professor Frank Pantridge CBE who invented the portable defibrillator” said Alderman Henderson MBE.

Councillor Scott Carson, Chairman of the council’s NI 100 Cross-party Working Group added: “Council officers and elected members have been working together to create a varied programme of activities to be enjoyed by everyone.  Alongside this our communities can avail of financial assistance to bring innovative and new activities to their residents too.  Our projects include working with local schools, exhibitions, historic talks and biodiversity enhancements across the whole council area.”

Councillor David Honeyford, Vice-Chair of the Leisure & Community Development Committee concluded: “As a council we want to support all communities in having an inclusive programme or event.  This funding gives community and voluntary groups the opportunity to mark the centenary while ensuring that local people across the district of Lisburn and Castlereagh can participate in the events and activities offered.  We hope that the grants can support communities, whether it is a virtual programme or event, to promote community cohesion in an innovative and engaging way.”

All NI 100 projects that receive a council grant must be in line with relevant government and public health guidance and regulations.

Complete your application before 12 noon on 1st April.  You can access it online at https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/resident/community-services/community-grants/ni-100-centenary-grants

You can view our NI Centenary webpage online at https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/resident/centenary

The council would like to remind local groups that any application which is outside the timescale or government and public health COVID-19 guidance will not be eligible for funding.