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Community Arts & Education

Arts Funding Opportunities


Community Festivals Fund 2020/21

The Community Festivals Fund is jointly funded by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and the Department for Communities (DfC) to recognise the role that festivals can play in increasing social cohesion, economic regeneration and strengthening community relations.

This grant scheme aims to assist constituted groups working within the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area to organise their own locally-based festivals.

Information to follow.


Professional Development for Artists:


The John Hewitt International Summer School Residency Award

This award enables a local writer to spend a week at the popular Summer School in Armagh enjoying a varied programme of talks, readings and workshops led by a host of internally renowned writers and speakers (food and accommodation are included).

Application deadline is Friday 29 May 2020, 4pm.

John Hewitt International Summer School Application Form.



The Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary

This bursary allows a successful Artist to spend two all-inclusive weeks at the prestigious Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan. This idyllic artists’ retreat play host to artists from around the world working in a variety of art forms.

Application deadline is Friday 29 May 2020, 4pm.

Tyrone Guthrie Centre Application Form.



Please contact Lynda McCord, Assistant Community Arts Officer for further information and advice on all schemes above on T: 02892447503 or E: