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Arts Funding Opportunities


Making Art in Communities

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.

Application deadline is Friday 31 January 2020, 4pm (For
projects taking place April 2020 – March 2021).

MAC Grants Criteria and Application Form attached.
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….


LCCC Community Arts Grants Scheme 2020/21

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.

Application deadline is Friday 31 January 2020, 4pm (For projects taking place April 2020 - March 2021).


Community Festivals Fund 2020/21

This grant scheme aims to assist constituted groups working

within the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area to organise their own
locally-based festivals.

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).

Professional Development for Artists:


The John Hewitt International Summer School Residency Award

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.


The Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary

Application deadline for these awards is Friday 29 May 2020,


Arts Grants


Young Artist of the Year Award 2020

This award, now in its twelfth year, takes the form of a

financial award of up to £1000, to one local artist aged 16 – 25, to support
arts projects, residencies or approved study, over and above full-time second
and or third level education. The award
may also cover the purchase of specialised equipment / materials or to cover
travel and attendance at arts events outside of Northern Ireland.

All art forms are eligible and past recipients have
included a dancer, jewellery designer and sculptor.

Application deadline is Friday 7 February 2020, 4pm.

Please contact Lynda McCord, Community Arts Officer for further

information and advice on all schemes below on 02892447503 or