Northern Ireland: Committee decisions, March 2023

Northern Ireland: Committee decisions, March 2023

Decisions from the meeting of the Committee for Northern Ireland held on 9 March 2023.

SFF delivery round applications 

St Joseph's Glenullin – Exploring and restoring our heritage!

Applicant: Derry Diocesan Trust

Project description: The restoration of the listed Grade B1 St Joseph’s Church originally built in 1879, near Garvagh, Co Londonderry. The project will entail the creation of a community hub for the wider Glenullin area. The applicant will look to collaborate with other partners in the region. The activities strand will look also at local cultural heritage alongside nature and biodiversity. The project will create formal and informal educational opportunities, maximising the knowledge in the local community.  

Decision: Award delivery grant of £584,000 (73% of total project costs)


Hilden Mill School Refurbishment and Reinvigoration

Applicant: Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Project description: Hilden Mill School, located in Hilden on the outskirts of Lisburn City, is a Grade B1 building on the Heritage At Risk register. It is one of the few surviving mill schools in Northern Ireland, and the related mill building still stands. This is a partnership project to create a childcare facility and tearooms. 

Decision: Award delivery grant of £833,846 (50%) to include uplift of £419,646


Rathlin Acting for Tomorrow

Applicant: The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Project description: Rathlin Island, off the north-east coast, hosts Northern Ireland’s largest seabird colony where several threatened species exist. The wildlife is under threat from a predation of invasive rats and ferrets. The project aims to eradicate the threat whilst working closely with the island community, ensuring a recovery in building resilience and diversifying socioeconomic opportunities. This will ensure the island is on track as an ecotourism destination.  

Decision: Award delivery grant of £720,000 (19% of total project costs)


SFF development round applications

East Lighthouse Rathlin Island

Applicant: Rathlin Development and Community Association

Project description: The East Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse on Rathlin island, built around 1849. The project is to develop the site for community use and a visitor attraction.  

Decision: Rejected


Riddel's Warehouse Project

Applicant: Hearth Historic Buildings Trust

Project description: To restore Riddel’s Warehouse, a B+ listed building built in 1867. The warehouse has a five-storey galleried atrium and is situated in the centre of Belfast. The aim is to provide creative, performance and exhibition space alongside a co-working, collaborative office space.  

Decision: Award development grant of £463,907 (71% of total eligible development costs), and potential delivery grant of £4,259,277 (64%)   


Market Heritage Visitor Centre (at old St. Malachy's Convent School)

Applicant: Markets Development Association

Project description: To acquire and convert St Malachy’s Convent Schoolhouse, a grade B1 listed building, into a heritage hub and visitor centre.  

Decision: Rejected


Ballycastle Museum

Applicant: Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Project description: Capital works will focus on the restoration and expansion of the 1759 Grade B+ listed building, which is a rare example of a combined market house and court house. The building is situated within the Ballycastle Conservation Area. Accessibility and facilities will be improved at the museum site, allowing for an enhanced activities and engagement programme to be developed with the addition of heritage skills training. 

Decision: Award development grant of £202,981 (91% of total eligible development costs), and potential delivery grant of £1,641,592 (91%)