Cultural Grant Aid Programmes 2022-23

The Cultural Grant Aid programmes are focused on the delivery of community planning outcomes as outlined in the Strategic Growth Plan and the aims detailed within the DCSDC Tourism and Arts & Culture Strategies. From 2021/22 the design of these programmes were adjusted to account for the impact of the Covid 19 crisis on the cultural sector and the wider community. The emphasis is on enabling the cultural sector to contribute to the revitalisation of our civic spaces and an improvement in wellbeing within our communities.
  • The Community Festivals Fund enables local festivals to apply for up to £5,000 to support community festivals that attract up to 500 attendees and for up to £10,000 for events that can attract more than 1,000 attendees.
  • The Headline Events Fund  is focused on supporting strategic cultural and sporting events of significant scale.
  • The Heritage Animation &Visitor Servicing Fund is focused on the delivery of an animation and visitor servicing programme specifically targeting the participation of heritage venues within the Council area.
  • The Access Programme For Cultural Organisations is designed to reduce the barriers to cultural engagement for the pan disability community.
  • The Artist & Cultural Practitioner Award has been created in order to support independent artists, theatre makers and arts practitioner in the creation and dissemination of new artistic work or the development of creative practice.




Headline Events  Fund




Grass Roots Community Development Grant Support and Sports Club Covid Recovery Programme

Council have agreed to provide support to local grassroots community organisations across the Council area in the delivery of Community Development or Sports Groups, COVID recovery interventions / programmes, providing much needed support to communities as they recover from the effects of the COVID pandemic.

The Open call for Community Support Groups would support grass roots community organisations with either capital or revenue funding to help support the delivery of Community Development COVID recovery interventions / programmes, the outcome of which would ensure the survival of many of these grass roots Community groups who have provided vital services to our Communities throughout the COVID pandemic.

The total funding available will be allocated to the DEAs using the same formula as the Community Support fund with grant aid up to a maximum of £2k to ensure as many groups as possible can avail of this funding. The criteria will remain the same as the CSP programme with the addition of the requirement to outline how the project will impact on COVID recovery. Priority will be given to community and voluntary groups who have not received funding to date from the Community Support Fund Programme or Community Centre Venues Fund in the financial year 2021/22.

The total allocation for this programme will be £130,799.59.

In addition Council have agreed to support constituted, not-for-profit sports groups under a Sports Club Covid Recovery Support Programme. Sports clubs played a significant role as a key driver in the COVID response as they assisted and supported their communities throughout pandemic. As we continue on our road to recovery, the role of the sports clubs will change as they start to provide health, physical activity and well-being opportunities as people look to adopt a more active lifestyle and address their health issues that the pandemic has brought to the fore.

Under the Sports Club Covid Recovery Support Programme, clubs would be able to apply for support under 2 key themes.

  • Sports Recovery Fund – In response to the recent Covid-19 lockdown measures, Derry City and Strabane District Council in partnership with Department for Communities (DFC) are making grants of £500 to £4,000 available to help local sports clubs respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way.

The funding which is being made available through a small grants fund, can cover costs such as additional sports equipment, signage, sanitation and safety equipment for clubs in areas of high deprivation, the Fund will now also support ongoing running costs, for example, utilities and insurance.

The total budget for the Sports Club COVID Recovery Support Programme will be £100,000.

  • Pitch Maintenance Fund – Following the recent completion of the Playing Pitch Strategy, Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Sports Committee has invested in a new Maintenance Fund that will provide financial assistance towards clubs who own and maintain their facilities and in particular playing pitches.

The aim of the fund is to provide financial assistance to ensure that clubs have the opportunity to maintain their playing surface to the highest level, therefore enabling greater usage on a more regular basis. Any financial assistance must be associated with maintenance of the playing surface or fixed asset that is integral towards the delivery of the sport.

Applicant clubs can apply for up to £2,000 through the Pitch Maintenance Fund

The total budget for the Pitch Maintenance fund will be £70,000

Clubs are eligible to apply to both programmes

Further information and application forms are available and can be accessed via


Grass Roots Grant Support Programme 2021-22