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Community Development

The community development department is responsible for a range of services and activities.  Services and activities that assist the council in providing a better way to engage with local people, communities, and agencies; and support their involvement to improve our borough and neighbourhoods.

Community development is a way of strengthening civil society by prioritising the actions of communities.  It seeks to:

  • Empower local communities
  • Strengthens the capacity of people as active citizens
  • Strengthens the capacity of agencies (public, private and non-governmental) to work in partnership with citizens

Good community development is action that helps people to recognise and develop their ability and potential and organise themselves to respond to problems and needs which they share.  It is a long-term, value-based process which targets positive social change.

The role of the community development department is fundamental in supporting and shaping how the council plans and delivers its services.

Much of our community development work is done through our community development officers, our community centres and town halls and grant programmes.

This work is partly funded by the Department for Communities’ Community Support Programme, which aims to strengthen local communities, increase participation and promote social inclusion through community groups, community activity and local advice services.

To be eligible for funding, we have to prepare a Community Support Plan that describes how we will deliver services that help to achieve these goals.

Community Support Plan 2016-2017 68.79 KB Download

We look after four main areas, based on themes outlined in our Community Support Plan, and also deliver a range of community funding opportunities.

  • Community Capacity – to build and develop skills, knowledge and experience which will assist in increasing involvement in community life
  • Community Renewal –improvements in the physical social and economic life of local people
  • Connected and Cohesive communities –communities which display positive relationships and give people a sense of belonging
  • Rural Development

More information on funding and accessing funding can be found in the Grants and Funding section.


European Accessible Sustainable Young TOWNS, is a two-year project funded by the European Programme “Europe for Citizens”.

11 towns in 10 different European countries have cooperated on the theme of multiculturalism and integration.

The project gathers together 11 different towns from 10 different countries, all dealing with the theme of immigration, multiculturalism and integration, with different approaches.  The ultimate goal is to increase the capacity of the towns involved in dealing with the issue of integration and multiculturalism taking into account the views of communities and young people.

Places & Spaces Programme

This programme is designed to promote development of community led environmental places and spaces in the Borough that are safe and welcoming.  It is also designed to build skills, knowledge and capacity of participants so that projects can be sustained upon completion of the programme.

Through the Places and Spaces Programme, Community Groups will have access to the following:

  • Horticulture/environmental expertise to advise, build capacity and guide development of outside space for community use
  • Materials and equipment, up to a value of £900, to support the development of an outside space for community use
  • A lockable garden storage box and first aid kit
  • Health and safety training (first aid, manual handling and risk assessment training) please note that attendance at these workshops is mandatory by two members of your group

Programme Criteria

  • Constituted Community Group within the Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area
  • Groups must have capacity to commit to the full programme
  • Groups must be open to all sections of the community
  • Groups must have appropriate insurance to cover required activities. Minimum insurance limits are as follows:
    • Public Liability £5 million
    • Employers Liability £5 million (where applicable)
  • Groups must have necessary land ownership/lease/permission from the landowner to carry out activities

The programme will be delivered in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough between March and June 2022

Deadline for receipt of application forms is 18th February 2022 at 4pm and the programme will commence the week commencing 7th March 2022

For further information on the programme please contact Glen Dickson on or 0300 0300 900 ext. 61824

To complete an expression of interest for this programme, please click the link below.

Capacity Building Programme

Do you require support in developing a new community group or improving committee skills, completing funding applications or managing finances? 

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are offering a range of online workshops through their Capacity Building Programme. The programme provides opportunities for both new and emerging groups as well as established community groups to come together and develop their skills, knowledge and resources in Community Development practices in an enjoyable and engaging environment.

Workshop Date Time
How to set up a Community Group (suitable for those thinking of setting up a new group) Thursday 4th November 2021 7-9pm
Good Governance Tuesday 16th November 2021 7-9pm
Being an effective chair Thursday 2nd December 2021 7-9pm
Managing group finances Monday 13th  December 2021 7-9pm
Successfully completing a funding application Wednesday 12th January 2022 7-9pm
Risk Assessment Training Tuesday 25th January 2022 7-9pm

Introduction to fundraising


Tuesday 8th February 2022 7-9pm


This course will be delivered via Zoom (online platform) and you will need access to a laptop / PC, tablet or smart phone for delivery reasons.  We will provide the online link to all participants when registered onto the programme.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis to Community Groups within the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.

Only 2 spaces per group can be registered to ensure as many groups as possible avail of the opportunity to take part. Should demand be high, a subsequent course will be organised.

For further information relating to any of the workshops, contact Emma Casey on or 07584662702

To register for a place on a workshop please click on the following link:

Capacity Building Programme