About Us

Learn more about the Great Place scheme, our members cluster and funders.

Great Place Northern Ireland

Great Place is The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s ground-breaking scheme which will allow communities to explore how their unique heritage can be used to shape the future of these places and help tackle wider issues such as poverty, employment, health and education.

The Heritage Fund’s desired outcomes are that Great Place projects will:

– Address inequality, giving everyone the opportunity to experience and be inspired by culture and heritage;
 Tackle poverty and stimulate inclusive growth;
– Create sustainable partnerships that place culture and heritage at the heart of local plans and strategies;
– Build resilience into local heritage and cultural organisations.

Great Place North Belfast received £237,000 as one of the first four projects in Northern Ireland funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, with additional funding from Belfast Charitable Society (BCS), the oldest charity in Northern Ireland based at Clifton House. Established in 1752 to tackle poverty and disadvantage, the Society continues this work today through projects such as these, and remains an important influence in Belfast as a guiding role in shaping the city.

Over the next three years the money for this project will be used to:
– Support Cluster members to become more resilient;
– Develop heritage programming that makes our buildings and stories even more important for the future of north Belfast.

Our vision for the end of the project is to create a more confident sense of place, by continuing to build on the work of the Great Place project, in partnership with others in North Belfast.

North Belfast Heritage Cluster

The North Belfast Heritage Cluster is a group of voluntary organisations that own or care for an historic building (and graveyard!) in the area. Our goal is to deliver heritage-led regeneration. This simply means making better use of what people care about – the collection of historic buildings and the real stories connected to them – to support economic and social development in north Belfast. It is about using what’s special about the area to create a more confident sense of place.

We know that the diversity of north Belfast’s heritage is part of the area’s strength. From Grade A listed city landmarks to local places of worship, the collection of what makes up the Cluster is at the heart of Belfast’s story, both past and future.

Our work is about:

  • finding ways to support the organisations who look after this heritage
  • making sure that people from all backgrounds can enjoy using the buildings and exploring the stories long into the future.

The Cluster has five overarching aims:

  • Deliver economic regeneration
  • Improve the physical infrastructure
  • Inspire community involvement
  • Increase learning opportunities for all
  • Build confidence

It currently involves:

  • St Anne’s Cathedral
  • Redeemer Central: Donegall Street Congregational Church
  • St Patrick’s Church & Parochial House
  • Quaker Society: Frederick Street Meeting House
  • Belfast Charitable Society: Clifton House & Graveyard
  • Belfast Orange Hall
  • Indian Community Centre
  • UniTorah: Annesley Street Synagogue
  • Malachy’s College & The O’Laverty Library
  • Carnegie Oldpark Library
  • Mary’s Church of Ireland Church & Halls
  • North Belfast Working Men’s Club
  • 174 Trust: Duncairn Centre
  • Dunlewey Addiction Services: 36 Cliftonville Road

For further information on each of the members, visit the members section.


The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Thanks to Lottery players, The National Lottery Heritage Fund invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.

Find out more here: www.heritagefund.org.uk

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Belfast Charitable Society

Based at Clifton House, the Belfast Charitable Society has for over 260 years played a role in the development of Belfast and the welfare of its people. Founded by a group of leading businessmen in the city to build a Poor House and Infirmary for the most vulnerable citizens of Belfast, the Society continues to play a part in the city today, led by a board of members.