Applications open for Black Santa 2022

Charities across Northern Ireland are invited to submit applications for funding raised through the 46th Black Santa Sit-out which will take place at St Anne’s Cathedral this Christmas.

The Black Santa tradition was started in 1976 by Dean Sammy Crooks and carried on through the decades by the successive Deans of Belfast.

The current Black Santa, Dean Stephen Forde, said: “This year, to increase the impact of our support for local charities, we invite applications from those registered charities whose annual income was £150,000 or less in 2021.”

Dean Forde said that due to the current cost of living crisis, he especially welcomes applications from registered charities supporting the most disadvantaged families and individuals in the community and charities working directly with refugee communities settling in Northern Ireland.

An application form can be downloaded at Please return the
completed applications by post to the Dean of Belfast, Sit-out Applications, c/o Ms Cate Cox, Belfast Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2HB or email directly to before the closing date of November 25th 2022.

Applications open for Black Santa 2022
The current Black Santa, Dean Stephen Forde outside Belfast Cathedral