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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update:

Please see the news page for our full Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update. Following advice ISLAND Arts Centre is temporarily pausing venue-based activities until further notice - we will continue to monitor the evolving situation to determine when we will re-open. We will update this message, via the News page of our website, and our social media channels.  Read more

Arts Funding Opportunities


Following a special meeting of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council on 18 March 2020, it was decided, with cross-party support that the council will close its facilities to the public, with immediate effect.

ISLAND Arts Centre is now closed.

All workshops, exhibitions, events and performances will cease from Thursday 19 March 2020, for the foreseeable future.

Given we are all part of an evolving situation with new guidance being issued on a daily basis, the council has made this decision for the health and wellbeing of all of its audiences, community and voluntary groups, artists, performers and staff to play its part in stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

All council Arts Service Funding Schemes including the Community Festivals Fund, Arts Grants (Individual and Organisations) MAC (Making Art In Communities), Tyrone Guthrie Bursary and The John Hewitt International Summer Scheme Award are now frozen until further notice.

This is in direct response to the government’s guidelines in relation to large gatherings and social distancing to ensure the utmost safety and wellbeing of all communities within the Lisburn and Castlereagh area.

Any updates to this status will be sent to you through this forum and our social media. We would therefore be very grateful if you would please make sure your account details are up to date, so that we can properly communicate with you.

In the meantime, stay safe, look after yourself and one another.

Your ISLAND Arts Service Team

For further information and advice, please contact: 
Lesley Wilson
Community Arts Officer
T: 028 92 447512 

Council Launches Community Spirit Grant Scheme

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has launched a new funding scheme which is available to community, voluntary and faith-based organisations in recognition of their outstanding community work during COVID-19.  

The Community Spirit Grant Aid Programme provides an opportunity for organisations to recognise the incredible work of local communities over recent months. The scheme aims to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, celebrate community volunteers and their achievements, reduce social isolation and promote community spirit. 

Applicants can apply for funding of up £500 by demonstrating how their proposal responds to these key themes. All proposals must demonstrate that activities are in line with the most recent government guidance for Covid-19.

Launching the ‘Community Spirit Grant Aid Programme’, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman Michael Henderson MBE said:

“We are delighted to offer local communities the opportunity to benefit from this scheme. The Community Spirit Grant Programme aims to recognise the efforts of local groups and volunteers who delivered immediate and practical support over the past few months.

“The Coronavirus pandemic presented additional challenges for some of our most vulnerable people. We have seen outstanding levels of community spirit in the Lisburn Castlereagh area. Those shielding at home, either alone or with family received incredible community support that enabled them to stay safe.

This funding is available to recognise and thank local heroes who stepped up during the height of the pandemic. I would encourage as many eligible community and voluntary groups in the council area to apply.” 

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Monday 17th August 2020 at 4.00pm. 

Application form and guidance notes are available below. 

Click here for Application Guidelines
Click here for Application Form

Please email all completed and signed application forms to Lesley Wilson

For further information or queries please contact Lesley on 028 9244 7713.

Making Art in Communities Grant Scheme (MAC)

Up to £1500 is available for any one organisation in each financial year.
Making Art in Communities Funding Programme (MAC) is to support constituted community groups/organisations based in the Council area to participate in, develop to promote the Arts.

MAC will provide funding in a range of artistic categories to raise community awareness about issues, including health promotion, environment and sustainability, urban renewal, rural revitalisation, cultural planning, community strengthening, social inclusion and cultural diversity.

Applications are now closed.


LCCC Arts Grants Scheme

Applications for arts grants to assist arts events, projects or related activities up to £3000 are welcomed from individual artists, (domicilled in or have their base in) and constituted arts organisations, (where project location and beneficiaries are within) the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area.
All activities must not be for profit therefore commercial organisations may not apply. Grant-aid applications will not be considered retrospectively, nor will any group / society be assisted with day to day running costs.

Applications are now closed.


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.

Applications are currently postponed.


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).

Applications are currently postponed.



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.

Applications are currently postponed.



Young Artist of the Year Award 2020

LCCC invites applications from young people aged 16 - 25 years for a financial award of up to £1000 to support arts projects, residencies or approved study, over and above full time second or third level education. All art forms are eligible for the award. 

It may also cover the purchase of specialised equipment/materials or to cover travel and attendance at arts events outside of Northern Ireland.

Applications are now closed.