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Culture projects

  • Making Places Together

    As we begin to implement our cultural strategy, A City Imagining, we want people in Belfast to take part in conversations to imagine, together, what we want for our city.

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having an impact on our social and economic lives. The pandemic has accelerated the natural evolution of places and encouraged us to confront difficult questions:

    • How do we remake cities in ways that enhance our individual and collective wellbeing while taking care of the planet?
    • How do we sustain civic energy and cultural life in the face of such systemic challenges?

    Making Places Together is a series of virtual conversations with local, and international activists and artists. These online events will share learning about creative placemaking, build connections and inspire positive change for Belfast.


  • Creative Communities

    The project is part of Belfast’s PEACE IV Action Plan, financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

    More information

    If you would like to be kept informed about the projects as they develop, sign up for the PEACE IV newsletter. You can also email or call us on 028 9027 0569.

  • Strengthening the Sector

    Strengthening the Sector programmes aim to help Belfast’s cultural organisations enhance their business performance and boost their income. 

    There are two current programmes:

    Resilience Programme

    Created by Arts Council NI and supported by us, this is a mentor-led programme which offers bespoke and tailored guidance to senior staff of Belfast’s large cultural organisations.

    There are currently 14 organisations taking part in this programme.

    Creating Futures

    This is an accredited bespoke leadership programme for small to medium sized arts organisations in Belfast focusing on change management, innovation, sustainability, and rethinking business strategy. We created this programme with Arts & Business NI, and it is delivered by Ulster University Business School.

    More information

    We have various programme-related toolkits available on request. For more information or to request a toolkit email or call us on 028 9027 0227.

  • Festive neighbourhood grants

    As part of Belfast’s Christmas animation programme, pending council approval we are offering grants to help neighbourhoods brighten up their shared spaces in line with the look and feel of the city centre lighting and animation. 

    The two one-off grant schemes are open to not for profit groups and we encourage collaborations between groups with a focus on shared neighbourhood activity. 

    Festive neighbourhood dressing grants 2020

    These grants will help up to four neighbourhoods to plan and install festive street dressing ( capital spend only).  A total of £70,000 is available for this programme. 

    Festive neighbourhood micro-grants 2020

    These small grants (up to £3k) will help neighbourhoods to organise festive animation or small-scale dressing. A total of £30,000 is available for this programme. 

    For an application form and eligibility guidance notes, please email

    Funding closes at 5pm on Monday 26 October.  A funding advice session will take place online on Monday 19 October at 3pm. 

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