Belfast City Council Community Funding

3 Funds You Can Apply For Through Belfast City Council

Belfast City Council recognise that cultural, arts, and heritage organisations make a valuable contribution to the city, with employment, skills training, and encouraging tourism.

As a result, they have committed to provide funding in their Cultural Framework through three grant programmes:

  • Core Multi-annual Funding (CMAF)
  • Arts and Heritage Fund
  • The Community Festival Fund

Core Multi-annual Funding

Grants to cover the core costs of professionally run organisations over four years are awarded to constituted not-for profit organisations based in Belfast.

Applications will re-open in 2019 providing funding for projects from 2020.

Arts and Heritage Fund

This fund provides small grants to not-for-profit organisations who are delivering creative projects designed to attract new audiences to the arts.

An organisation can apply for up to £10,000 towards a project, but they must have 20% of the overall budget funded from other sources, and they must be delivered within the Belfast City Council area.

The Community Festival Fund

Offered in partnership from the Department for Communities, this fund awards grants from £2,500 to £10,000 for festivals which bring people together and enrich their lives through shared experiences.

Open to cultural and community organisations, the festivals must be based in Belfast and constitute a series of arts and heritage activities scheduled over at least an eight-hour period.

The Arts and Heritage Fund and The Community Festivals Fund issue grants twice a year, in Spring and Autumn. Visit Belfast City Council’s website for more details.

Before applying for funding, check out CEO of ValidAid, Thomas Conway’s, top tips for success:

  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Have a clear proposal

As with any successful application, you must clearly identify the following:

  • What is the problem/issue/situation, how you know it exists, and who is it affecting?
  • What is the aim of your project, how will you deliver it, how much will it cost, and what will a successful outcome look like?
  • How will you track the progress of the project and evaluate its success?
  1. Check the details

Ensure you have supplied all the documentation required. Make sure your application is written clearly using simple language and is free from errors. Ask someone else to review the proposal as your own mistakes are harder to spot, preferably someone who is unfamiliar with your organisation or project to make sure you’re getting the message across clearly.