Funding for Northern Ireland's cultural and heritage sectors

The 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage provides an opportunity to celebrate diverse cultural heritage across Europe.

The 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage provides an opportunity to celebrate diverse cultural heritage across Europe.

Together with Tourism Northern Ireland and Department for Communities Historic Environment Division, we’ve set up a funding pot of £500,000 to help explore Northern Ireland’s rich cultural heritage in 2018.

This new short-term funding was available to help the cultural and heritage sectors respond to the opportunities the European Year of Cultural Heritage brings and explore Northern Ireland’s heritage in a variety of new and interesting ways.

This year presents the Northern Ireland heritage sector with the opportunity to:

  • unlock the heritage potential by providing engaging visitor experiences, reinvigorating interpretation and storytelling, animating sites, creating new products, events, partnerships and ways of working
  • use 2018 as laboratory: to gain new insights and apply these to the heritage sector
  • use 2018 to enhance new marketing strategies that will promote and celebrate Northern Ireland’s rich heritage

The challenge for the heritage and cultural sectors is to think about how we make more of our individual sites, things, places and stories; and work together to create a more joined up narrative, which will improve experiences for visitors (both local and from further afield).

The funding

The funding was offered to the heritage and cultural heritage sector to explore the challenges and opportunities that have been outlined in the Tourism NI reports:

We accepted applications for projects from £10,000 to £100,000 through the existing Our Heritage programme. We wanted to see what ideas are out there and how the sectors thought they could best respond to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 so we are kept the process simple.

The programme closed for applications on the 12 February 2018.

On the 2 May we announced details of the nine projects that received funding.

  1. Great Lighthouses Unlocking our Maritime Heritage - £56,000, The Irish Landmark Trust
  2. Walls Alive 400 – Bringing the Walls to life through Augmented Reality - £50,000, Derry and Strabane District Council
  3. Linenopolis - £50,000, Linen Hall Library
  4. Sea Gods Shipwrecks & Sidhe Folk – a treasure trail revealing the rich Causeway heritage - £56,500, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
  5. Shaped by Industry – Shared with Pride - £50,000, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
  6. One for the Heart Pilot - £65,000, Lagan Navigation Trust
  7. Journeying Beyond Westeros: Warlords and Gallowglass – Adventures in Medieval Ulster - £42,000, Queen’s University Belfast & Strangford and Lecale Partnership
  8. Museum Lates - £80,000, Northern Ireland Museums Council
  9. Relating Histories - £50,000, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

Feeling inspired?

If you have missed the opportunity to apply for this grant programme, please take a look at the rest of HLF’s grant programmes as we expect to support a range of heritage projects throughout the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Get in touch with us to discuss your ideas.

Tourism Northern Ireland and Historic Environment Division are taking the lead on the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 in Northern Ireland. More details about the Northern Ireland-wide response and activities can be found on the Tourism Northern Ireland website.

Activity is being planned for 2018 in Northern Ireland by a range of bodies – Events will be posted on the Department for Communities and Discover Northern Ireland websites.

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