Department for Culture, Arts & Leisure

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) is committed to proactively harnessing the transformative power of the creative and cultural sectors to tackle disadvantage and support a
confident, creative, informed and healthy society in this part of Ireland.

Community Relations Council

The Community Relations Council was set up to promote better community relations between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland and, equally, to promote recognition of cultural diversity.
Its strategic aim is to promote a peaceful and fair society based on reconciliation and mutual trust.

Department for Social Development

DSD is responsible for the implementation of programmes reflecting targeting social need.
This is done by addressing the social, economic and physical regeneration of cities, towns and
villages in Northern Ireland. They also have responsibility for the establishment of urban regeneration and community development policy and strategy. Nine Nights is supported through the Belfast City Centre Events Grant Scheme.

Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund distribute millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes.
Their money goes to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment. Nine Nights is supported through the Awards for All programme.