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Small Grants Programme

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The Small Grants Programme will close temporarily for applications on 31st March 2016,  allowing the Arts Council an opportunity to review and redevelop the programme.  We hope to announce new arrangements in the Summer of 2016. Applications submitted by 31st March should be  focused on activity and events that are being delivered before the end of September 2016.

The Arts Council has designed this programme to encourage organisations to develop and deliver ideas linked to artistic needs and to their future plans. We want to support activities which benefit the people of Northern Ireland or that help arts organisations in Northern Ireland carry out their work. 

Your organisation may have a brand new idea for an artistic project that you need financial support to deliver; you may want to run a programme of creative work in a short period of time; you may require a small grant to support your ongoing work; the Small Grants Programme is flexible to suit a wide range of programmes across all artforms in the community and at professional level.

Through this programme we hope to assist organisations to deliver arts projects which contribute to the growth of arts in the community for new and existing audiences and which reflect the diversity of Northern Ireland’s society and culture.

Before making an application it is essential that you read the Guidance Notes

Who can apply?

If you are a constituted group and you need between £500 and £10,000 to help you to run an arts activity, then the Small Grants Programme supported by the National Lottery Fund could be for you

How to apply?

Organisations who meet the application criteria can apply online or by completing and returning the hard copy version of the application form.

Hard Copy Application Forms

Organisations can also apply using a hard copy of the application form.

Application Form
Guidance Notes and FAQs
Sample Equal Opportunities Policy
Confirmation of online Application Form for Small
End of Project Report Form
Event confirmation template
Equality of Opportunity and Good Relations Form
Safeguarding Checklist
Need help? For help and guidance regarding online applications, click here