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Grants and funding

Neighbourhood Regeneration Fund

  • What is the fund?

    The Neighbourhood Regeneration Fund (NRF) is a £10 million capital fund.

    Its aim is to help groups deliver capital projects in their communities which help develop neighbourhood tourism, improve environmental sustainability and support the city’s social economy.

  • Delivering outcomes

    NRF is our fresh approach to physical regeneration across the city. Its themes are directly linked to these strategies:

    We will use an Outcomes Based Accountability approach, or OBA, to monitor the impact of the fund. It measures effectiveness and impact by answering three questions: How much did we do? How well did we do it? Is anyone any better off?

  • Shortlisted projects

    The projects that have been selected to progress to the second stage of the three-stage process are listed below:

    East Belfast

    • EastSide Container Hotel project (applicant EastSide Property Belfast Ltd) - development of 10 unique serviced tourist apartments overlooking CS Lewis Square.
    • Portview Exchange project (applicant Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre) – development of artist studio space and retail unit.
    • Nevin Spence Centre Visitor Experience project (applicant Ulster Rugby) - upgrade to Ulster Rugby’s museum and heritage centre.
    • Impact Hub project (applicant Impact Belfast) - redevelopment of a former church into a state-of-the-art hub for social impact organisations.
    • Sporting Hub – (applicant Dundela Football, Athletic and Social Club) - Development of a sporting hub at Wilgar Park to include a new community sports pitch.
    • Hosford Community Homes: 335 Newtownards Road - (applicant East Belfast Mission) – a social economy project comprising refurbishment of a building into two apartments for homeless people and development of a community/commercial space on the ground floor.

    South Belfast

    • Redevelopment of Riddel’s Warehouse (applicant Hearth Historic Buildings Trust) – improvements to disused listed building including creation of an arts centre, co-working space and visitor attraction.


    Projects that have been selected to progress to the third stage of the three-stage process are listed below:

    West Belfast (including Shankill)

    • The Mountainview Hotel (applicant Fáilte Feirste Thiar) - a socially owned, environmentally friendly 65-bedroom hotel.
    • Michael Davitt’s Community Heritage Centre (applicant Michael Davitt’s GAC) - museum and exhibition space, plus a new multi-purpose hall.
    • Croí na Carraige - ‘The Heart of the Rock’ (applicant Glór na Móna) - multi-purpose Irish language youth, community, family and heritage hub.
    • ACT Initiative Community Hub and Visitors’ Centre (applicant Action for Community Transformation Initiative) - new community hub, offices, visitor centre and exhibition space.
    • The Road (applicant Lower Shankill Community Association) – an interpretive centre focusing on the history of the Shankill Road.
    • Glencairn Community Project Hub (applicant Glencairn Community Project) - purpose-built community and youth facility.

    North Belfast

    • Cliftonville Community Enterprise project (applicant Cliftonville Community Regeneration Forum) – two-storey childcare facility and eight enterprise units.
    • AYE Youth and Community Hub (applicant Ardoyne Youth Enterprise) – shared youth hub, creative learning centre and office space.
    • Green Growth and The Circular Economy project (applicant Ulster Supported Employment Ltd) - extension of premises to add a 600sq metre, purpose-built processing unit with storage.
    • Belfast Orange Hall refurbishment project (applicant Belfast Orange Hall) – refurbishment of Grade B1 listed building.
    • St Joseph’s restoration project (applicant Sailortown Regeneration Group) – restoration of Grade B+ church and parochial house.

    South Belfast

    • Sólás new build project (applicant Sólás) – development of three-storey building and outdoor space for the special needs charity.
    • Branching Out project (applicant Greater Village Regeneration Trust) - refurbishment and extension of existing premises.
    • Lagan Water Access Activity Hub (applicant Lower Ormeau Residents’ Action Group) – water activity hub on the River Lagan including floating pontoon and footbridge.
    • Redevelopment of former School of Music (applicant Fitzroy Presbyterian Church) – transformation of a derelict listed building into artist studios, a gallery, a rehearsal, dance and event space.
    • Regeneration of the former St Malachy’s Convent School and warehouse at Sussex Place (applicant Market Development Association) - a vibrant new community heritage hub and visitor attraction.
  • Timescales for delivery

    The final stage includes a range of activities including due diligence and contractor procurement to establish detailed project costs. Once this information has been received and carefully considered, councillors will make a final decision on which projects will go ahead under the fund.

    Construction is likely to begin on the successful projects from late 2024 onwards.

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