There are a range of grant programmes to support voluntary and community groups that open for applications at various times throughout the year.
Community Support Grant
This grant is designed to support the local community and voluntary sector. It:
- opens in November/December each year and offers grants between £2,500 - £5,500 to successful applicants
- helps build capacity and develop skills within local organisations to deliver services based on need in local communities
Good Relations Grants
This grant supports community relations and cultural diversity projects. It:
- is open to community/voluntary groups who are engaged in the delivery of programmes/initiatives which focus on reconciliation and cultural diversity
- aims to promote good relations between people of different religious and political beliefs and different racial groups
Seeding Grants of £200 are available for newly formed community / voluntary groups or groups operating for less than 1 year.
- applicants can apply for a Seeding Grant to assist with their set up, programme and running costs
- applicants must meet the criteria of the grant scheme, which mirrors the criteria for the Community Support Grant
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Community Development Bursary is designed to support community and voluntary group members with financial assistance towards further educational studies. We want to help build and develop the capacity of local communities and local representatives across our area.
- provides up to £1,000 towards costs that contribute to community development studies
- opens once a year and up to 6 are awarded each year
- is awarded on merit and assessed against programme criteria
Christmas Switch On Grants
We recognise importance of locally organised community events to help develop strong, united and connected communities. This grant helps support local groups to develop and deliver celebratory ‘switch on’ events to mark the beginning of the Christmas season.
- part of a programme delivered through a three year funding agreement (2022-2024)
- we partner with a community partner(s), for each of the 20 sites we identify as key to helping friends, families and neighbours come together and share the excitement, fun and joy associated with the festive season
Community Investment Fund
This fund allows us to invest in our local communities to develop local community spaces that are sustainable and support inclusive community engagement. Applications are welcomed from community, sporting or local interest groups and organisations who have aspirations and ideas or a desire to improve or develop facilities for the benefit of everyone in their community.
It is part of our longer term ‘Connect Invest Transform’ plan and supports community planning with local people at the heart of decision making.
A minimum of 50% match funding is required from the applicant organisation which agrees to partner with the council on the project if successful. The minimum amount that should be applied for under this fund is £150,000.
Grants through our Arts Service
Our Arts Service throughout the year offers funding opportunities to support the arts sector in the Lisburn Castlereagh community.
Community Festivals Fund
Administered and managed by our Arts Service, the Community Festivals Fund (CFF) was established in recognition of the potential contribution that festivals can make to communities, the local economy and wider government priorities.
- aims to support the development and capacity of locally run festivals by providing support and training to make them less reliant on public funding in addition to offering funding towards the costs of events
- enable community organisations to celebrate their cultural identity and strengthen community relations while promoting equality and targeting poverty and social inclusion
Our Arts Grants Scheme for Arts Organisations has been designed to support both the amateur and professional arts sector in the delivery of arts events, projects or activities, which take place in the council area through the provision of direct grants.
Our Individual Artist Arts Grants Scheme has been designed to support the amateur and professional arts sector in the delivery of arts events, projects or activities through the provision of direct grants.
Making Arts in the Community
Our Making Art in Communities (MAC) Arts Grants Scheme has been designed to support community groups in the delivery of arts events, projects or activities, which take place in our area through the provision of direct grants.
Young Artist of the Year
Our Young Artist of the Year Award is designed to support the development of young local artists aged 16-25 working in any art form. A financial award of up to £1,000 will be made, to one individual artist, to support arts projects, residencies or approved study over and above full-time second or third level education.
Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary
This is a one-week residency for practitioners in all art forms who are based in our area. The aim of the bursary is to assist and encourage both established and emerging practitioners.
John Hewitt International Summer School Residency Award
The John Hewitt Society provides opportunities for individuals across Northern Ireland to explore issues of difference and identity through literature and creative writing.