The Arts and Heritage Project Grant will support one-off arts and heritage projects that are innovative – that is, new or unique to Belfast – or organisational development, or both.

The proposed project must contribute to two of the A City Imagining themes:

  • A City Imagining is Belfast’s new cultural strategy. It sets out our priorities under four themes:A City Belonging is about active citizenship, supporting all our citizens to be active agents of change and co-creators of cultural activity.
  • A City Challenging is about creative placemaking that strengthens our residents’ connection to the city they call home.
  • A City Creating is about new ways of working, helping organisations and cultural practitioners develop, innovate or experiment.
  • A City Exploring is about looking outward and connecting Belfast to the rest of the world.

Click here to get a copy of A City Imagining from the Belfast City Council website.

Funding Limits
Maximum award: ÂŁ10,000 for each organisation in each financial year.

Specific conditions for eligibility

You must meet the basic eligibility and the following criteria to apply for the Arts and Heritage Project Grant.Your organisation must be a formally constituted, not-for-profit arts, heritage or community organisation (taken from the constitution or memorandum and articles of association).

  • Your budget must show you have made efforts to find at least 20% of your income from sources other than us. For example, if your total income is ÂŁ12,500 the maximum you can ask for is ÂŁ10,000. (This can include other government funding, commercial sponsorship and income you expect to earn from the project. However, in-kind support cannot contribute to your 20%.)
  • Your project must be a stand-alone piece of work with a set beginning and end that will deliver a unique artwork or other specific outcome.
  • If you are in receipt of an Imagine Cultural Multi-annual Grant, you are not eligible to apply for an Arts and Heritage Project Grant for your Imagine festival or event, including any outreach or associated activity.
  • If you are in receipt of an Enable, Activate or Anchor Cultural Multi-annual Grant, you must clearly demonstrate how the project you are applying for is additional to your annual programme, festival or event.
  • Depending on the number and quality of applications we receive, we may prioritise applications from organisations who do not receive a Culture Multi-annual Grant.
    If in the opinion of the council the work applied for is not clearly additional, the council’s opinion is final.
  • If you are applying for funding in tranche 2, your project must start on or after 1 October 2020 and end on or before 31 March 2021. We do recognise that you may have to carry out some work, such as meetings and research, to plan your project and complete this application form. However, we will not fund any activity that takes place or any contracts that have been entered in to before 1 October 2020.

If you have any questions, would like some advice on accessing an application or completing your application, please contact our Central Grants Unit at

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Application Deadline is midday on 23rd September 2022