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Grants and funding

  • Funding support for groups

    We give grants and funding to various groups, clubs and societies in Belfast. Groups must be eligible to apply. Our grants can help voluntary, community, sporting, faith and cultural groups to organise and run events or activities. 

  • Grants and funding open for application

    Grant Funding information Closing date
    No grants available at this time.    
  • Grants and funding closed to applications

    These grants are closed or suspended.

    Grant Funding information Closed or suspended

    Support for Artist Studios and Maker Spaces

    Grants of up to £15,000 were available if you run a space where groups of artists and makers come together to work and develop their practice. 12 noon on 31 May 2022
    Neighbourhood Regeneration Fund The Neighbourhood Regeneration Fund (NRF) aims to help groups deliver physical development projects that will make a real, long term difference in their communities. 12 noon on 12 May 2022
    Summer Community Diversionary Festival funding programme 2022

    This programme supports local organisations to:

    engage with issues relating to positive cultural expression in the lead up to and around 11 July and 8 August through the provision of summer community diversionary festival activity;

    divert young people at risk of becoming involved in at risk behaviour in the lead up to and over the two periods; and

    develop community capacity to deliver summer community diversionary festival activities at specific locations where there are negative issues associated with bonfires.

    Available funding between £25,000 and £100,000.

    Applicants must have attended one of the information sessions, which took place in March 2022.

    Small Grants
    • Good Relations
    • Parks Events
    • Sports Events
    • Support for Sport Large Development Grant
    • Support for Sport Small Development Grant
    • Support for Sport Hospitality Grant 
    • Support for Sport Sporting Individual Grant
    • Community Activity Medium Grant
    • Community Activity Micro Grant
    • Arts and Heritage

    To access information on these grants and previous Small Grants including guidance notes and monitoring forms, go to Online funding (link opens in new window).

    Kitchen Equipment Grant scheme - tranche 3 This funding supports groups working to prevent food waste and food poverty in their community. A group can apply for up to £2,000. Closed
    Gradam Ceoil Bursary Scheme The bursary scheme is only open to young people aged between 16 and 25 years old involved in Irish traditional music and song Closed
    The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Fund for Belfast The fund is open to applications from community groups in Belfast that want to organise an event over The Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend (2 to 5 June 2022) Closed
    COVID-19 Community Recovery Support Fund Medium grant Funding to support community response to the impact of COVID-19 in Belfast Closed
    COVID-19 Community Recovery Support Fund Microgrant Funding to support community response to the impact of COVID-19 in Belfast Closed
    Policing Committee funding grants Applications for District Policing and Community Safety Partnership (DPCSP) Policing Committee grants for north and east Belfast are suspended Suspended
    COVID-19 Recovery Revitalisation Grant Belfast-based businesses, social enterprises and charities can apply for a grant. The scheme can provide funding up to 100% of costs for capital items to a maximum of £2,500. The minimum application amount is £500.

    Grants can be used for costs associated with COVID-19 adaptations, such as:
    • changes to internal and external layouts to help with social distancing
    • sanitisation stations
    • signage, awnings or canopies
    • collection and delivery points
    • outdoor seating or heating and barriers
    Certain costs are not eligible such as:
    • consumable items for example hand sanitiser, masks, gloves, visors or alcohol
    •  costs that are not auditable for example cash payments
    • mortgage payments, rent, rates, salaries insurance costs or utility costs
    • debt, retrospective costs or second hand equipment
    • fees for professional services or statutory applications
    • websites
    • warranty or training costs
    • vehicle or transportation costs
    • buying stock for general trading
    For more information and guidance on how to apply, visit online funding (link opens in new window).
    Vacant to Vibrant Premises Scheme This funding explores the viability of introducing a two year pilot capital grant scheme in spring-summer 2022 to incentivise both property owners and potential occupiers to bring vacant spaces in Belfast city centre back into use and support the revitalisation of the city centre. We are looking for an expression of interest.  Closed
  • Road closures

    If you are organising an event that will prohibit or restrict traffic with your grant or funding, you should read road closures information to find out what you need to do to apply for a road closure.

Central Grants Unit

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