Northern Ireland: Committee decisions September 2019

Summary minutes of the meeting of the Committee for Northern Ireland on 3 September 2019 at 10.00am, Hillsborough Castle, Hillsborough.

Due to unavoidable delays the meeting commenced at 10.30 a.m.



  • Anna Carragher (Chair)
  • Angelina Fusco
  • Jacqueline Irwin (from item 6)
  • Jim McGreevy
  • Mukesh Sharma



  • Sheila McClelland


Committee Business

The agenda order was amended – commencing with item 7.

1. Welcomes and apologies


The Chair welcomed all members. The Chief Executive was also welcomed, Members and staff present introduced themselves.

The Chair made apologies for Sheila McClelland and advised Committee Members that Jodie Jackson had tendered her resignation, effective immediately.

2. Minutes of the meeting held on 11 June 2019

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Minutes were agreed as an accurate record of the meeting and signed by the Chair.

3. Declarations of Interest


There were no conflicts of interest and as such members remained present for discussions.

4. Chair’s Report


The Chair updated the Committee on her activities since the last committee meeting. A number of excellent events had been attended, with credit mentioned to The National Heritage Lottery Fund throughout.

The Committee noted:

  • Jim Dixon – Trustee and Committee member previously for the Midlands & East Region would be acting Chair for Northern Ireland upon Anna Carragher’s departure, his background being in Natural Heritage. It was noted it was particularly important to have new Chair in place as soon as possible.

  • Moves were in place for recruitment of new Chair for Northern Ireland and Committee members.

  • Thanks and endorsements were made from around the room to the Chair for her work and efforts for Northern Ireland.

Committee members commented on their own event’s attended over last three month period.

5. Country Director’s Report

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  • A conference on Partition at the end of November to be held in partnership with the CRC.

  • As part of our strategic role in working with the sector a number of other positive conversations were ongoing between the Fund, governmental departments and Universities. The focus was the role of heritage in society and the wider value of the use of our principles for remembering. A conversation would be initiated with the Special EU Programmes body.

  • The Heart of the Glens LP conference would be also be held in November, details would be circulated when finalised.

  • Committee members welcomed the new style of Report and the priorities within SFF.

  • Commendation was made to the team for work to date with SFF and ongoing organisational change.

6. Corporate Update

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The Committee noted the update.

7. Grant Budget Paper 2019-20

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Head of Investment presented the paper and provided an overview of the key details.

The Northern Ireland budget was noted.

  • The Committee made note of the need to find savings on second round projects when presented.

  • The Committee were reminded of the Heritage Horizon Awards and the application deadline for this in October.

  • The Committee also noted that discussions were ongoing between the Counties concerning the Country Reserve budget and how this would be distributed and managed.


SFF Single Stage Applications for discussion and decision (£100k-£200k)

8. Single Stage Round Grants Overview

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  • The Head of Investment (HoI) presented the paper and explained the context around the SFF single stage and development phase applications. Committee were asked to feed back to HoI with any comments.

  • It was agreed that for future papers any pertinent issues would be highlighted for committee members, case papers would also be included.


Project: Restoration of St Mary’s RC Church, Fivemiletown                          

Applicant: St Michael’s Diocesan Trust

Request: £250,000 (50%) 

Project description: Grade B listed building in Gothic Revival style and is of considerable significance in Irish architectural terms. The project focus is on structural repair and restoration.

The Committee for Northern Ireland AWARDED a grant of £250,000 (50%)  


Project: Heritage: Project in Your Hands                                                             

Applicant: Ulster Architectural Heritage Society

Request: £204,100 (92%)

Project description: To develop a range of publications and digital tools to be used to promote conservation and protection of Northern Ireland’s built heritage environment. 

The Committee for Northern Ireland AWARDED a grant of £204,100 (92%)


9. SFF Heritage Enterprise Development round application for discussion and decision

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Applicant: Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

Request: Development Grant of £44,600 (61%) and potential Delivery Grant of £414,200 (50%)

Project: Hilden Mill School Refurbishment and Reinvigoration would bring a vacant and now at risk B1 listed building into use as a social enterprise providing childcare facilities, tearoom and exhibition space. The Hilden Mill was established in Lisburn in 1784, by 1914 it employed over 2000 people, 40% of NI population at that time, and in 1913 it opened Hilden Mill School as the 1st integrated school in NI for the education of mill workers and their families. The school finally closed in 2008.

The Committee for Northern Ireland agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a Development Grant of £44,600 (61%) and potential Delivery Grant of £414,200 (50%)


10. Discussion for Development Round item

The Committee discussed the project and considerations as above.


After item 10 Committee returned to Item 1 on the Agenda


For Information


11. Communications Report                                                                                         

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The Committee noted the report.


12. Any other business


There was none.


The next meeting would be held on Tuesday 26 November 2019