LCCC Cultural Diversity Fund 2021

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



Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has launched a Cultural Diversity Fund, for constituted community/voluntary and faith-based organisations to support cultural, heritage and language projects or events that will enrich and enhance cultural identity, diversity and language in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area.

The fund aims to provide an opportunity for organisations to increase the public awareness of culture, heritage and language.  The council encourages projects which offer opportunities for collaborations which encourage and embrace inclusiveness.

Applications for funding, up to a maximum of £1,500, must demonstrate how the proposal responds to the key themes as outlined below in the Programme Criteria.

Event/project proposals must comply with relevant government and public health guidance and regulations. Any activity outside the set timescales or guidance and regulations will not be eligible for funding.


Guidance notes:
Who can apply? - eligibility

The Cultural Diversity Fund (CDF) is open to community/voluntary and faith-based organisations based in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area that meet the following criteria:

  • adhere to a properly adopted open and accountable governance document (Constitution or Articles and Memorandum of Association, or applicable governing document)
  • have set up a bank account in the name of the organisation, which requires a minimum of two unrelated members to authorise withdrawals and an annual set of independently examined financial accounts, endorsed at an Annual General Meeting;
  • operate under a Management Committee or Governing Board, elected by its membership at an Annual General Meeting, and elected office bearers;
  • have in place appropriate Safeguarding Policies for protecting Children and Vulnerable adults
  • have up to £5 million Public Liability Insurance, to cover all risk associated with the activities of the organisation.

What we will fund

Projects/Events related to culture, heritage and language.  This may include, but not restricted to, those from the list below:

  • Events, talks, exhibitions, publications and digital resources raising awareness of local history, culture, heritage and language;
  • Workshops aimed at enhancing knowledge and skills of local heritage and promoting participation  in and understanding of cultural, heritage and language activities;
  • Conservation reports (by specialists) to assess the conservation needs of heritage, collections or  objects;
  • Conservation work based on a conservation report carried out by specialists in the field;
  • Archival conservation boxes for vulnerable documents.

Eligible expenditure may include for example:

  • Hire/purchase of equipment including instruments
  • Tutors (up to a maximum of £25 per hour)
  • Performance fees
  • Materials
  • Marketing and publicity
  • Design and publication of books/booklets

Examples of what cannot be funded:

  • Applications for funding which are considered to be the responsibility of another statutory organisation
  • Retrospective expenditure where projects have started or services already obtained
  • Projects designed for individual benefit or promotion
  • Travel and transport costs
  • Ongoing running costs which include rent, facility hire, utilities and insurance
  • Religious or party political activities
  • Uniforms

N.B. Please ensure and include on the application form, how you have appropriately considered and contingency planned for how public health restrictions relating to COVID-19 may impact any in events.

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 online using the link at the bottom. The required supporting documentation must be sent with the application.  A panel made up of representatives of council officers will review all eligible grant applications and make recommendations to the council based on the results of an assessment process. 

Before applying, please check that:

  • your organisation is eligible to apply;
  • your application meets the objectives of this fund;
  • you have completed every question on the Application Form;
  • you can provide all the information we ask for as part of the application process.

Once your application is received, we will:

  • your organisation is eligible to apply;
  • your application meets the objectives of this fund;
  • you have completed every question on the Application Form;
  • you can provide all the information we ask for as part of the application process.

If your application is successful, we will:

  • Send you a Conditional Offer and our Terms & Conditions of Grant by email for your organisation to sign and return to the council;
  • Clearly indicate the eligible expenditure for the funding offered.
  • Request the grant to be acknowledged through the inclusion of the official Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s logo on all related promotional material associated with the project and that an Elected Member or Council Officer from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, is invited to the event/activity to which the grant is awarded.
  • Request the compulsory completion of an Event Notification Form (only where the event is outdoors and requires members of the community to gather together).  This will be assessed by the Council’s Safety Advisory Group (SAG) to ensure compliance with regulations, the impact of which may impact on your proposal.

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

Make payment to your group’s 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