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Community Festivals Fund

Community festivals make an important contribution to the people living in that community. They bring people together and enrich people’s lives through memorable shared experiences.

Some community festivals have grown into major events with international acclaim, such as Féile an Phobail, Eastside Arts, the Belfast Mela, Belfast Pride and the Belfast Carnival, to name a few.

Eligibility

Festivals must aim to make an important contribution to local communities and offer them a time of celebration to enrich people’s lives through a memorable shared experience.

The fund is only open to cultural or community organisations that are proposing heritage based projects. Organisations must be formally constituted, and the festival needs to take place within the Belfast City Council area. They must provide arts and heritage activities which contribute to the cultural identity of an area or a group with a shared interest, and celebrate the special attributes which make that area or group unique.

Definition of a festival

A festival is recognised as a series of activities which take place over a set time of at least eight hours. It is not one event or the same event scheduled over several days.

Funding limits

The minimum grant is £2,500 and maximum is £10,000 and groups can apply for more than one festival in each application round.

Case studies

These case studies showcase two cultural organisations who have received Community Festivals funding.

Funding awarded

2018 - 2019

2017 -2018

2016 - 2017

2014 - 2015

2013 - 2014

2012 - 2013

2011 - 2012


Contact us
Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage Unit
028 9050 0512