We are delighted to announce the release of the new Community Bursary Scheme which has been designed to invest in the development of individuals and local organisations.  A total of £25,000 of funding is available to support local residents or members of constituted community and voluntary sector organisations to further efforts in the areas of education, sport, music, language or cultural activities. 

The Community Bursary Scheme 2024-2025 forms part of the Council’s DEA Local Investment Programme. Support can also be used to provide financial assistance to individuals competing at local, national, and international level within the context of sport, music, language and culture. 

The scheme aims to assist local individuals at grass roots level to:

•    Enhance personal development;
•    Provide access to opportunities in the chosen area;
•    Increase capacity amongst volunteers in the community and voluntary sector;
•    Improve sustainability of the community and voluntary sector

Under the Scheme, applicants can apply for up to a maximum of £1,000 to cover costs associated with enrolment in programmes or opportunities. One application per individual will be considered in a 24-month rolling period.

Councillor Thomas Beckett, chair of the council’s Communities and Wellbeing Committee said: “The Community Bursary scheme has been developed to recognise the importance of investing in individuals and/or members of local community/voluntary groups to build and sustain a community that is rich in culture and heritage, promoting social inclusion and addressing diversity in the LCCC area.     

Through grants and bursaries like these we are empowering groups and individuals to take bolder and more exciting steps to undertake activities that strengthen and develop community life.”

For more information, contact Community Services at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council on 028 9244 7713 or visit LCCC Community Bursary Scheme 2024/25 - Lisburn & Castlereagh (lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk)