Belfast City Council – Small Grants – Arts and Heritage Grant & Park Event Grant – closing 23 Sept

Belfast City Council’s Arts and Heritage Grant & Park Event Grant are open for applications.

1. Introduction to Belfast City Council small grants

The general purpose of this fund is to help pay for projects that match our targets.
If you are applying for more than one of these grants, the projects you are applying for must be different from each other.
Each grant fund is limited. Even if an application scores highly, we cannot guarantee funding.

Please note that applying for a grant is a competitive process and awards are subject to the availability of funds and may be subject to change.

2. Applying for Belfast City Council small grants

It is important to remember that we assess your application on the information you provide. We will not take into account any information that you do not include in this application.

For some questions we have set a maximum number of words you can have in your answer. The word limits are not just for guidance. We will not consider any words over the word limit, unless the help notes state that extra information can be included.

Your responses should be well structured and clearly linked to the question. We recommend you use bullet points and headings where possible.

Our grant scheme has been carefully designed to make the application process as easy and straightforward as possible. We do not think any paid help is necessary and we do not act with or endorse the services of any supplier or consultant and will not pay any costs, commission or fees that they may charge you to make an application. Officers can meet with you to give advice and guidance on your application and/or project plan.  It is important that you complete the form yourself and apply directly to us.

Please do not try to influence the decision by lobbying Belfast City Council, directly or indirectly.

The following list is basic eligibility criteria that your organisation must meet to be able to apply for any of these small grants. If your organisation does not meet the eligibility criteria, we will not consider your application for funding.

‘We do not fund the following’

  • Organisations that are:
    • not formally constituted, in other words, they do not have a constitution or memorandum and articles of association;
    • not operating on a not-for-profit basis (taken from the constitution or memorandum and articles of association) as we cannot support commercial projects or projects that could be carried out commercially. If, in the reasonable opinion of the Council, the Organisation applying for funding is a de facto commercial Organisation, whatever the legal make-up of the Organisation, then the Council shall not fund that Organisation. The decision of the Council shall be final in this regard;
    • able to share out profits (taken from the constitution or memorandum and articles of association);
    • not prepared to share learning from their project with us and other relevant groups;
    • Local authorities or public-sector organisations;
    • Schools, except where there is a clear need demonstrated that the project being funded will serve the community and this need is not being met by another organisation. Please contact us before applying for funding if you fall into this category and please note schools are not eligible for any community development grants;
  • Individuals, unless they have been nominated by an appropriate organisation for either Support for Sporting Individuals Grant or a bursary for Good Relations practitioners to attend a conference through the Good Relations Grant.
  • Projects that:
    • have no significant benefit to the Belfast City Council area;
    • provide no potential benefit to the public, either in the short or long term;
    • could be carried out on a commercial basis;
    • have already taken place or are already under way at the time of the assessment;
    • duplicate what already exists;
    • are charity or fundraising events or activities;
    • are of a party political nature;
    • promote a particular religion; or
    • are against Belfast City Council policy. For example, we do not allow balloon or Chinese lantern releases as they are against our environmental policy.

Applications that are not complete or do not provide a detailed project budget are also not eligible.

We are unlikely to fund an organisation that is in poor financial health or cannot show effective financial control.

Individuals involved in the delivery of the project, that is, staff, volunteers or board members of the applicant organisation, cannot benefit personally from the award of this grant. This means that they cannot be paid for the provision of goods or services from the grant.

It is also unlikely that you will receive funding if you have previously received a grant from us that was not managed satisfactorily or was not completed.  This includes if you did not send us the monitoring and evaluation forms within the agreed timescales or if you did not seek approval for changes to your project. As well as the above, your project or organisation must also meet the specific eligibility for any of the small grants applied for.

If you are not sure whether your organisation and project meets the eligibility criteria, or you need more guidance on the application form, please contact one of our grants officers. You can find contact details at the end of these guidance notes.

Online information sessions

‘We will be holding short online information sessions on Thursday 11 August at 10:00am and Friday 12 August at 2:00pm on how to apply. Please contact this email: if you would like to attend, indicating which one of the sessions you would like to attend. Alternatively, if you cannot attend either of these sessions please get in touch with us and we arrange another session that suits.’

To apply

Read the full grant details and apply online at Belfast City Council’s Online Funding Hub below.

Deadline for receipt of applications is: Friday, 23 September 2022 at 12:00 noon 

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