LCCC Cultural & Heritage Publication Fund Author(s)

– Introduction
– Guidance notes:
   – Who can apply? - eligibility 
   – Programme criteria
   – Application process



Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has launched a Cultural and Heritage Publication Fund (CHPF) for author(s), to support the publication of work which will share and increase knowledge of local history, culture and heritage of the Lisburn and Castlereagh area.

The Cultural and Heritage Publication Fund, which will award grants up to a maximum of £2,000, is intended to make possible the publication of research which would not otherwise be published. 


Guidance notes:
Who can apply? - eligibility

  1. The CHPF specifically supports author(s) seeking to publish on the history, culture and heritage of the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council area.
  2. Applications are welcomed from author(s) only and publishers are not eligible to apply. Consideration will be given to: long (monographs, catalogues, edited volumes) and short form (articles) texts and digital formats, including exhibition catalogues/brochures.
  3. Author(s) must be residents of the Lisburn and Castlereagh City area.
  4. Publication must take place before 31 March 2022.  However, retrospective awards for books/articles already published or for publications post 31 March 2022 will not be considered.

What we will fund

We will consider funding in long format, short format, digital format as follows:

  • Academic articles
  • Commercial publications
  • Exhibition catalogues

These include:  monographs, brochures, edited volumes, articles for journals.

Funding can be used to contribute to the cost of:

  • New photography
  • Images and reproduction fees
  • Graphics
  • Printing and binding
  • Design and layout

Funding will not cover funded:

  • Research
  • Travel
  • Subsistence
  • Copying       
  • Royalties to author(s)

Programme criteria

The programme seeks to encourage local community/voluntary and faith based organisations, individually or collaboratively, to recognise and promote one or more of the following themes:

  1. To Increase awareness and appreciation of culture/heritage and language
  2. To Increase participation in cultural/heritage and language activities
  3. To develop opportunities for groups to explore their own cultures, beliefs and traditions, to increase their capacity to develop relationships with those of different traditions and values
  4. To develop opportunities for groups to extend their knowledge and understanding of others’ beliefs and traditions
  5. To develop and promote models of good practice for cultural diversity work in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area.

Application process

All funding requests must be completed either online utilising the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Cultural and Heritage Publication Fund application form. 

Before applying, please check that:

  • your application meets the priorities of this fund;
  • you have completed every question on your Application Form;
  • you have provided all the information required as part of the application process.

Once your application is received, we will:

  • perform an Eligibility Check on your application and then assess it against the key themes of the grant, as highlighted in the PROGRAMME CRITERIA
  • contact you with questions should we need to, so please keep a copy of your Application Form for your reference.

Please note we will not process your application if it is incomplete.

If your application is successful, we will:

  • send you a Conditional Offer and our Terms & Conditions of Grant by email for your to sign and return to the council;
  • clearly indicate the eligible expenditure for the funding offered.
  • require acknowledgement of the grant through the inclusion of the official Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s logo on all related promotional material associated with the project.
  • require that an Elected Member or Council Officer from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, is invited to the event/activity to which the grant is awarded.
  • require that a copy of the publication is made available for the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum Library.

Once we have received your signed Terms and Conditions we will:

Make payment to your bank account, via the Bankers Automated Clearance System (BACS).

If your application is unsuccessful, we will:

Contact you by email informing you of the reasons why your application has not been successful, for which there is no right of appeal.

Apply online