Cultural support programmes for organisations and individuals
We recognise the negative impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on the culture, heritage and arts sector. We are pivoting our support programme to help our cultural sector and maintain our commitment to make 2023 a year of cultural celebration for Belfast. Our Pathfinder 2021 Awards and Creative Practitioner Bursary Programme closed on 22 March 2021.
Pathfinder 2021 Awards
Organisations were eligible to apply if they had not received any core funding from the public sector.
Creative Practitioner Bursary Programme
This programme will award a £10,000 bursary to 10 creative practitioners. We will award five bursaries to music-based creative practitioners. Five bursaries will go to creative practitioners working in other creative arts.
A City Imagining Micro Grants and Cultural Leadership Grants
Applications for micro grants and leadership grants closed on 18 March 2021. This programme will support organisations that have a role in preserving, promoting or developing culture, arts, cultural heritage, identity and its expression. The focus of support will change throughout the plan to address different identified needs, based on different factors including equality of opportunity for under-represented groups.This initial programme of micro grants and leadership grants was available to organisations working within the broad Unionist community to explore and express their own arts, heritage, culture and identity.
Micro Grant for cultural activity
Eligible groups could apply for up to £3,000 and one-to-one bespoke support to develop a project.
Cultural Leadership Grant
Eligible groups could apply up to £12,000 and one-to-one mentoring to build cultural, personal and organisational capacity.
Cultural Multi-Annual Grants
Applications for funding are closed.
Our Cultural Multi-Annual Grants scheme includes two funding strands:
- festivals and events organisations with an audience of more than 10,000
- arts and heritage organisations with a year-round programme of activity
There are two tiers of funding available under each strand – a two-year grant and a four-year grant. Cultural activity can include arts, heritage, architecture, sport, food, language, customs, traditions and ideas.
The two-year funding tiers are due to open in autumn 2021.
Grants awarded to arts organisations in 2020
We invested in 38 grants to support not for profit arts and heritage organisations in Belfast. These grants support cultural activity from 1 April 2020. ANCHOR grants are for four years (2020 - 2024). We awarded ANCHOR grants to the nine organisations in this table.
|Crescent Arts Centre
||Crescent Arts (link opens in new window)
|Ulster Orchestra Society Ltd
||Ulster Orchestra (link opens in new window)
|The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre)
||The Mac Live (link opens in new window)
|Duncairn Arts Centre
||The Duncairn (link opens in new window)
Oh Yeah Music Centre
|Oh Yeah Belfast (link opens in new window)
|Lyric Theatre (NI)
||Lyric Theatre (link opens in new window)
|Belfast Community Circus School Ltd
||Belfast Circus (link opens in new window)
|Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich
||Culturlann (link opens in new window)
|The Black Box Trust
||Black Box Belfast (link opens in new window)
ENABLE grants are for two years (2020 - 2022). We awarded ENABLE grants to the 29 organisations in this table.
If you would like information on recent funding awards, case studies of recipients or our guide on cultural funding, contact us by email: email@example.com
Grants awarded to festivals and events in 2020
We invested in 18 grants to support not-for-profit festivals and events in Belfast. These grants support cultural activity from 1 April 2020.
Imagine festivals and events grants are for four years (2020 - 2024). We awarded Imagine grants to the four organisations in this table.
Activate festivals and events grants are for two years (2020 - 2022). We awarded Activate grants to the 12 organisations in this table.
We awarded one-year grants to the organisations in this table.