We have introduced a small grants programme to support community/voluntary and faith-based organisations based in and/or operating within Lisburn and Castlereagh who would like to develop and implement commemorative events, volunteering opportunities or community celebrations to mark the significant D-Day 80th Anniversary.

D-Day 80 marks the 80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, a pivotal moment in history. The bravery and sacrifice of those who participated in this operation impacted the course of the Second World War.

This grant programme is being implemented as part of a wider programme of events being led by us to mark this significant milestone. It is to provide local groups with an opportunity to bring communities together to remember and commemorate an important part of our shared history.

Additional information on the ceremonial and community events that will take place in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area in the period leading up to and including 6 June 2024 can be found on this link

Applications for funding, up to a maximum of £500, must demonstrate how the proposal responds to the priorities as outlined below in the programme criteria.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon Monday 25th March 2024.

Please read the information on the links above and then apply online using this link.

Who can apply?

The D-Day 80 small grants programme is open to community/voluntary and faith-based organisations that meet the following criteria:

a) an open and accountable governing document (Constitution or Articles and Memorandum of Association, or applicable governing document) that has been properly adopted 
b) a bank account in the name of the organisation, which requires a minimum of two unrelated members to authorise withdrawals and an annual set of independently examined financial accounts, endorsed at an Annual General Meeting
c) a Management Committee or Governing Board, elected by its membership at an Annual General Meeting, and elected office bearers
d) based or operating within Lisburn and Castlereagh
e) have appropriate Safeguarding Policies for protecting Children and Vulnerable adults, who are involved as part of the group’s programme and any other relevant policies relevant to the groups activities
f) up to £5 million Public Liability Insurance, to cover all risk associated with the activities of the organisation

Programme criteria

The D-Day 80 small grants programme is a competitive scheme for groups based in and/or operating within Lisburn and Castlereagh with applications assessed and scored against the scheme criteria:

  1. Organisations must clearly demonstrate on their application form how they meet the following;
  2. The provision of a community led event/celebration or programme which demonstrates community involvement in the organisation and delivery of the event.  Groups are strongly encouraged to organise an event which forms part of their application from 5-7 June 2024.  
  3. Having the D-Day 80 anniversary as the central theme of the programme being organised.
  4. Delivery of an inclusive programme that brings individuals together to mark D-Day 80, encourages relationship development and contributes to the development of a strong community infrastructure.
  5. Activities and programmes that clearly demonstrates value for money.
  6. Activities that promote and encourage volunteering to bring communities together and leave a lasting volunteering legacy.

What we will fund

Activities may include, but not restricted to, those from the list below:

  • Art/photographic exhibitions/installations
  • Celebration events/tea dances
  • Commemorative events
  • Artists, performers and/or guest speakers
  • Venue hire 
  • Costs associated with encouraging and developing volunteering opportunities
  • Hire of equipment, used as part of an event
  • Marketing costs (including printing & advertisement)
  • Historical talks and tours
  • Film screenings

Application process

All funding requests can be completed either online using the button below.

If you wish to complete a Word version and return by email to please download a copy using this link.

The required supporting documentation must be sent with the application (unless we have received it in the last 12 months and there have been no changes to it). 

Before applying, please check that:

  • your organisation is eligible to apply
  • your application meets the priorities of this fund
  • you have completed every question on your application form
  • you can provide all the information we ask for as part of the application process

Once your application is received, we will:

  • perform an eligibility check on your application and then assess it against the key themes of the grant, as highlighted in the programme criteria section above
  • contact you with questions should we need to, so please keep a copy of your application form for your reference
  • not assess your application if it is incomplete

If your application is successful, we will:

  • send you a conditional offer and our terms & conditions of grant by email for your organisation to sign and return to us
  • clearly indicate the eligible expenditure for the funding offered
  • request the grant to be acknowledged through the inclusion of our official logo on all related promotional material associated with the project and that elected members from the council are invited to the event/activity to which the grant is awarded
  • request the compulsory completion of an Event Notification Form (only where the event is outdoors and requires members of the community to gather together).  This will be assessed by our Safety Advisory Group (SAG) to ensure compliance with regulations, the impact of which may impact on your proposal

Once we have received your signed terms and conditions we will:

  • make payment to your group’s bank account, via the Bankers Automated Clearance System (BACS)

If your application is unsuccessful, we will:

  • contact you by email informing you of the reasons why your application has not been successful, for which there is no right of appeal