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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 7 February 2020, 4pm (For projects taking place April 2020 – March 2021).


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 07 February 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.

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….

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.


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.

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, Assistant Community Arts Officer for further information and advice on all schemes below on 02892447503 or Email: