SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS PROGRAMME - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 30th OCTOBER

Following on from last weeks Executive announcement the council has reviewed the closing date for the Small Business Grants Programme and has agreed to extend it until Friday 30th October 2020 to allow businesses every opportunity to submit a grant application.

Grant assistance of £500 to £2,000 per business is available across different sectors. This funding can be used to purchase equipment and materials to provide safe working environments for everyone during Covid-19.
For information on eligibility and how to apply please click here.
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Please do not hesitate to contact the regeneration team on 028 9244 7542 if you have any questions or need any help with your application.
 
Extra Funding Approved for Individual Artists

Individual artists will be the first recipients to benefit from the £29 million funding approved by the Northern Ireland Executive to support the arts, heritage, culture and language sectors impacted by COVID-19.

£3 million of this funding will be distributed to individual artists through an existing Individual Emergency Resilience Programme (IERP) administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The Arts Council NI will be issuing letters of offer this week to eligible individuals who had applied to the IERP in August, which was heavily oversubscribed. The extra funding will allow more than 1,000 individual artists to be supported through grant funding of up to £5,000.

In addition to the support for individual artists, the Department for Communities (DfC) announced that a number of new funding streams for other creative sectors also struggling as a result of the impact of COVID-19, will be launched before the end of the month.
Read the full DfC announcement of the funding support for the arts, culture and heritage sectors here. 

 
Brexit: Food and drink labelling changes from 1 January 2021

How food and drink producers, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers must change labels from 1 January 2021.

NI Business Info have collated a guide of how this will affect you and how to go about the changes. 
 Click here to access the guide.

 

This virtual half-day conference will shine a spotlight on global leaders and hear their perspectives on effective leadership

Women in Business, in partnership with InterTradeIreland, is hosting a free virtual half-day conference which will shine a spotlight on global leaders and hear their perspectives on effective leadership.

The speakers for the Voices of Leadership Virtual Conference aim to demonstrate leadership at the highest level and include Elaine Birchall, CEO of SHS Group, Sara Venning, CEO of NI Water, Norah Casey, award winning businesswoman, Alyse Nelson, President and CEO of Vital Voices, and Sharon Thorne, Global Board Chair of Deloitte.

Event details
Date: Thursday 5 November 2020
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Cost: Free

Find out more and register for the Voices of Leadership Virtual Conference.

 
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

At a special meeting of council tonight it has been decided, with cross-party support, that the council will close its facilities to the public with immediate effect.

FACILITIES TO CLOSE

  • Lagan Valley Island
  • Bradford Court
  • Lagan Valley LeisurePlex
  • Dundonald International Ice Bowl
  • Lough Moss Leisure Centre
  • Grove, Glenmore and Kilmakee Activity Centres
  • ISLAND Arts Centre
  • Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum
  • Bridge, Moneyreagh, Enler and Ballyoran Community Centres
  • Visitor Information Centres in Hillsborough and Lisburn.
  • Council football pitches
  • Bowling Greens
  • Dundonald Caravan Park

FACILITIES THAT WILL REMAIN OPEN

Household Recycling Centres

    The Cutts, Drumlough and Carryduff recycling centres will operate as normal. Opening hours may be extended but this will be communicated via the council website, Facebook and Twitter. Please note that in advance of visiting the sites your waste should be pre-sorted and where necessary securely bagged. If you or someone in your house either has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) or thinks that they may have it, personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into a second bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste in the room in which you are self-isolating. Keep these bags aside for at least 72 hours before putting into your usual external black/ grey household waste bin or bringing to the Household Recycling Centre.
  • Parks and Playparks
    All council parks and playparks will remain open. Castlereagh Hills and Aberdelghy Golf courses will remain open to members at present with no pay and play. Clubhouses will be closed to public and members. Allotments Public Toilets

BIN COLLECTIONS

At this stage household collections of bins will continue as planned. Bins and containers will be emptied as normal. Bookings for bulky household collections will no longer be accepted and so far as possible existing requests will be honoured. Any changes to these service arrangements will be communicated via the council website, Facebook and Twitter.

REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGES

Registration services will continue to operate by appointment only at Lagan Valley Island. Further information is available at: https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/…/registration-of-bir…

VITALITY MEMBERSHIP

Due to the closure of our leisure facilities all Vitality Memberships will now be suspended. You don’t need to do anything as no money will be debited during this period. All updates will be posted on our Vitality Lisburn Castlereagh Facebook page @vitalitylisburncastlereagh and Vitality Member App.

EVENTS

All events arranged by the council and events hosted in council premises between now and end of June will be postponed. If possible these will be re-arranged at a later date.

HEALTH GUIDANCE

Please follow the current public health guidance on the Public Health Agency's website.

Look out for family, friends and neighbours who are vulnerable.

All updates will be placed on our website, Facebook and Twitter.