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Community Arts & Education

Arts Funding Opportunities


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.


VE Day Celebration Grant Scheme

The Communities Unit of the Council's Leisure & Community Wellbeing Department is now inviting applications for the 75th Anniversary of VE Day Celebration Grant Scheme 2020 on Friday 8th May 2020.

How To Apply

Online applications are available now. Alternatively for hard copies of the application or for further information please contact Island Civic Centre, Lisburn, BT27 4RL on 
T. 028 9244 7679 or E.

Please click here for application forms and guidance notes.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION 4.00pm Friday 6th March 2020 (late applications will not be accepted)

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 close on Thursday the 26th March 4pm.




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.



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.


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