Shared History Fund

Heritage Fund - £1,000,000 through the Shared History Fund.

Applications are open from 19th November 2020 until noon on 14th January 2021.

Grants will be awarded between £3,000 and £100,000. This funding is to be spend by 31st March 2022:

Category 1: £3,000 to £10,000

Category 2: £10,000 to £100,000

Covered costs:

Project delivery related volunteer expenses

Project delivery related training costs

Project delivery related new staff costs

Virtual or in-person event/exhibition costs

Digitisation costs

Who cannot apply:

For profit organisations

Projects can be funded that (as a guide):

Reflect on the history of the centenary through use of archive material, oral history and other historical sources

Encourage people to engage with history through innovative and creative means

Embrace diverse perspectives, reflecting on the complexity of Northern Irish history and identity

Facilitate engagement with untold stories relating to Northern Ireland’s history

Explore how the historical context has shaped today’s Northern Ireland and the wider United Kingdom

Examine the contribution made by significant historical, artistic, literary, entrepreneurial, scientific and medical Northern Irish figures and organisations

They are looking for projects that:

Mark the centenary of Northern Ireland in 2021 in a spirit of mutual respect, inclusiveness and reconciliation, in line with the Principles for Remembering;

Facilitate local and national awareness of the centenary of Northern Ireland;

Deliver in 2021 or by the first quarter of 2022;

Are accessible, taking into consideration how the activity will be inclusive of different audiences and demographics;

Have the appropriately considered and contingency planned for how public health restrictions relating to Covid-19 may impact any in person events;

Encourage reflection, engagement and exploration of different perspectives on a century of life in Northern Ireland.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change programme


In early 2020, the Trust ran an open consultation to explore how we should make small grants locally.

Using the feedback we received, we’ve designed a new local grants programme, awarding grants up to £20,000 to projects supporting Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area.

We know that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact. The two rounds of funding we are running this year will support local Armed Forces communities as they address the needs that have arisen as a result of Covid-19. See below for more info.


To be eligible to apply, your organisation must be one of the following.

An established registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC) with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities.

An Armed Forces unit or base.

A local authority.

A school.

Under this programme, we cannot support:


academy trusts – you cannot apply for an overarching project across your academy chain, though individual schools can apply

a charity or CIC, which doesn’t have substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities.

other public sector organisations – but you could work with one of the types of organisation listed above as a delivery partner.

Community Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund

Who can apply:

Constituted organisations with charitable purposes, operating within Northern Ireland

Fund objectives:

To address new needs appearing as a result of the Coronavirus, and where restrictions mean finding new ways to support vulnerable people, using creative mediums.

To support grassroots communities and those most marginalised, through engagement in community arts, culture and heritage projects and creative industries.

To enable organisations to respond better to new needs identified as a result of coronavirus, and where restrictions mean finding new ways of supporting vulnerable people, through encouraging access to the arts, culture and heritage, in particular for those with disabilities.

To help organisations and communities supporting vulnerable people, to use arts, culture and heritage, to #build back better; ensuring organisations and individuals thrive and continue to provide longer-term support to communities in need

The fund will focus on community led responses that will:

Enhance existing community services and activities that support engagement in arts, culture and heritage for marginalised communities and communities of interest

Support innovation and creativity for those community organisations who support vulnerable people through engagement in the arts, culture and heritage

Encourage collaboration and strengthen collaborative responses to issues affecting those most marginalised in Northern Ireland, in particular those with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, black, asian and ethnic minorities, and those most at risk, including those suffering from domestic violence, and those living in poverty, rural communities, through arts, culture and heritage activity

Encourage adaptation, innovation and agility of the arts, culture and heritage sector, and ensure preparedness for the future.


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