Arts Council of Northern Ireland

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Rural Engagement Arts Programme

This scheme is open. Deadline for applications: Thursday 28th July 2022 at 12pm

The purpose of the Rural Engagement Arts Programme (REAP) is to provide an integrated, cohesive approach to the needs of local rural communities as they emerge from the global Covid pandemic, recognising the specific issues they face as a result.

The overarching theme is combatting isolation and loneliness, and promoting social inclusion. The pandemic and the resulting lockdowns across the UK have taken a toll on individual lives, with mental health and well-being adversely affected as families and friends were separated for sustained periods of time. Intergenerational family relationships being particularly affected. This has been compounded in rural communities which are characterised by smaller and more dispersed populations.

There are many ways to define and differentiate between loneliness and social isolation:

  • Loneliness, which can affect any age group, is the ‘subjective, unpleasant and distressing phenomenon stemming from a discrepancy between individuals’ desired and achieved levels of social relations’
  • Social isolation is ‘an imposed isolation from normal social networks caused by loss of mobility or deteriorating health’

The impact that loneliness and social isolation can have on the physical, mental and social health of isolated older people in particular is well documented. The Campaign to End Loneliness points to research which shows that lacking social connections is as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Lonely individuals are more likely to visit their GP, use more medication and have a higher incidence of falls. They are also more likely to enter early into residential or nursing care.

The Arts Council believes that arts, and coming together as communities, can all make a vital contribution to building health, confidence and healthy integrated communities.

The Arts Council has worked in tandem with local authority community development and arts officers to ensure as far as possible that access to the funding available is widely disseminated.

Groups can apply for one-off projects or for a programme of events. Projects do not have to be new: existing programmes which are successful and meet the strategic themes of REAP are eligible.

The definition of rural is outlined in Appendix 1 in the guidance notes below and is taken from the NISRA review of statistical classification and delineation of settlements in March 2015. While engagement must be targeted at rural communities as defined here, Local Authorities and other groups based in urban areas may apply for programmes to be delivered in rural communities.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from the widest possible range of organisations. You will be required to provide proof that you have a legal constitution.

  • Registered charities and other organisations which cannot distribute profits
  • Groups of organisations working together to deliver specific projects
  • Formally constituted parent-teacher associations
  • Local Authorities
  • Arts Organisations
  • Organisations based in Republic of Ireland border communities are eligible to apply, however, any proposed project must benefit people living in rural communities in Northern Ireland.

Applications from single organisations are permissible, but should demonstrate partnership working. Consortium applications demonstrating partnership working will be prioritised. Partnerships might include sector providers such as rural development organisations, older people’s providers and agencies, arts organisations or Local Authorities.

For partnership/consortium applications, a single organisation must be the lead applicant (ie.the group in whose name the application is submitted, to whom the grant will be awarded and who will be accountable for delivering the project and reporting on it to ACNI). You must clearly identify in the application form which organisation you are partnering with.

How much can you apply for?

You can apply for an award between £500 and £10,000 for a project.

What you can apply for

You can apply for the following eligible costs, which are indicative and not limited to:

  • Costs of artists and tutors (including fees , accommodation, subsistence (capped at £15 per day and will be paid through any funding awarded), travel. If applying for artists and/or tutor costs, you must supply the CVs / biography / history of artistic practice)
  • Transport costs, including vehicle hire (this could be to transport participants to courses/activities, for example)
  • Existing programmes which meet the criteria of the scheme are eligible – but only for activity which will not begin prior to decision letters.
  • Materials
  • Travel expenses within Northern Ireland – please note Arts Council has a maximum allowance of 0.27p per mile. If applicants are partnering with organisations in border communities and the project would necessitate travel across the border, this additional travel is eligible within reason.
  • Equipment hire
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Venue hire for workshops, training, rehearsals and performance
  • Publicity and marketing costs
  • Evaluation costs
  • Participation, education and outreach work in film and media
  • Equipment costs to a maximum value of 50% of your requested amount.
    Equipment items will only be considered if identified as essential within your project and where it is vital for its successful delivery. Arts Council will not fund equipment only projects. Contributions towards laptops or PCs will be up to a maximum of £1,200; and, towards tablets, up to £500.

Please note: the above list of eligible activity is not exhaustive. If you have a project idea and are unsure if whether it would be eligible for funding, please contact the relevant artform team for guidance. http://artscouncil-ni.org/news/contactus

Guidance Notes

Download Guidance Notes here

http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/images/uploads/publications-documents/ACNI-REAP-Guidance-Notes-June22.pdf

Download Project Budget Template here. http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/images/uploads/publications-documents/ACNI-REAP-Project-Budget-Template.xlsx

How to apply?

You must apply using our online system. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email.

  • Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date.
  • You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, ie. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. These enclosures are listed on the Attachments page within the online application and are detailed below.
  • Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 12 noon precisely on the closing date, Thursday, 28 July 2022. If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted.
  • If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system. If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.

Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing time and date.

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for applications is Thursday 28th July 2022 at 12pm
Decisions will be made by Friday 14th October 2022

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Arts and Older People Programme

This scheme is open. Deadline for applications: Thursday 7th July 2022 at 12pm

The Arts & Older People Programme aims to strengthen the voice of older people and promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing through the arts. In conjunction with the delivery partners the priority areas for this next round of funding are projects being delivered within care homes, carers and people living with dementia. The proposed projects should reflect the partnership approach with the care homes and have the support from them in the delivery.

To ensure a strong advocacy message there will be an opportunity to showcase the projects funded throughout the year. Applicants should endeavour to build this into their project programme and budget.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at constituted community and voluntary groups who are working at a local level to support older people and can demonstrate strong partnership working with care homes, carers and dementia groups.

This programme is also open to non-governmental organisations, Local Authorities and arts organisations who can clearly demonstrate partnership working.

We are looking for partnership or consortia based projects. Partnerships can be led by either age sector providers, arts organisations or Local Authorities, however the consortium must be made up of appropriate representatives and demonstrate a commitment to working together. Other specialists who work with older people may also be included as named partners in the consortium.

Who Cannot Apply

• Individuals

• Broadcasters (excluding community service broadcasters)

• Central Government Departments

• Organisations with statutory obligations to providing services for Older People

How much can I apply for?

Grants from £1,000 to £10,000 are available

Guidance Notes

Download Guidance Notes here

http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/images/uploads/publications-documents/ACNI-AOPP-Guidance-Notes-2022.pdf

Download Scoring Criteria here

http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/images/uploads/publications-documents/ACNI-AOPP-Scoring-Criteria-2022.pdf

How to apply?

Applications may only be submitted online. When you submit online, you MUST submit ALL mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time, i.e. at the point at which you submit your online application. Online applications may be edited, saved and returned to up to the closing date.

All enclosure documents must be in Word, Excel or pdf format. We cannot accept documents in other formats. Total size of documents should not exceed 25 Mb. Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 12 noon on the closing date. If your complete application is not uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted.

Details of enclosure documents are outlined at FAQ 14 (pages 13 and 14).

NOTE: Applications submitted in hard copy, by fax, disk or e-mail will not be accepted. REMEMBER TO KEEP A COPY OF THE COMPLETED FORM AND ENCLOSURES FOR YOUR RECORDS

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for applications is Thursday 7th July 2022 at 12pm
Decisions will be made by Friday 16th September 2022

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Health and Safety Capital Programme

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The Arts Council has designed this programme to enable organisations to purchase equipment and/or carry out minor works to their premises which will address any health and safety issues that has been created due to Covid-19 or has been an outstanding maintenance issue which has rendered the space not fit for purpose.

We want to support organisations across Northern Ireland to maintain their creative spaces addressing any issues that may hinder the work to take place. We want to ensure that organisations have proper measures in place to welcome their staff, artists and audiences. We also want to support organisations in their delivery of the arts in new and creative alternatives.

Particular priority will be given to equipment and minor works which

  • address Covid-19 requirements;
  • improves the accessibility of the arts;
  • continues the safe practice for continued accessibility of the arts;
  • improves the environment for the arts sector;
  • enhances or broadens the audience/participants’ experience

Who can apply?

The Arts Council welcomes applications from the widest possible range of organisations and, in particular, from applicants whose projects benefit individuals categorised under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. In addition, in order to be eligible to apply to this programme, please note the following:

• You do not have to be primarily an arts organisation (for example, community groups may apply to the scheme), however, the purpose of the requested equipment and / or minor works must be clearly focussed on the arts.

• Local authorities are eligible to apply but they are a low priority.

• Registered charities and other fully constituted organisations which cannot distribute a profit are eligible to apply.

• Commercial organisations can only apply for support if the equipment and/or minor works is primarily for the benefit of the public rather than their own commercial interests.

• If your organisation has a limited membership you must show that the equipment and / or minor works will benefit the wider public.

• Groups of organisations (consortia) working together to deliver specific projects may apply.


Who Cannot Apply?

• Individuals

• Broadcasters (excluding community service broadcasters)

• Central Government Departments

• Bands seeking musical instruments (the Arts Council has a separate Musical Instruments for Bands programme.)

• Schools, Colleges and Universities

• Organisations who are in breach of the terms of previous ACNI grant awards.


What Can You Apply For?

You can apply for any equipment and / or minor works to help adapt your venue or working practice. This could be, but not limited to, the following:

• Covid-19 equipment in line with Government requirements

• Creation of safe spaces in relation to Covid-19 needs

• New equipment / structures to enable delivery outdoors

• IT equipment to address the new working environment

• Software (pre-loaded operating systems and packages)

• Accessibility equipment and minor works

• Works in relation to upgrading and maintaining existing systems

• Transport

Guidance Notes

Download Guidance notes here

http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/images/uploads/publications-documents/ACNI-Health-Safety-Programme-Guidance-Notes-May2022.pdf


Equipment / Minor Works Request List here

http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/images/uploads/publications-documents/ACNI-Health-Safety-Equipment-Minor-Works-Request-List-May2022.xlsx

How to apply?

You must apply using our online system. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email.

• Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date.

• You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, ie. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. These enclosures are listed on the attachments page within the online application and are detailed below.

Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 12noon precisely on the closing date, Thursday 9 June 2022. If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted.

• If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system. If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.

Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing time and date.

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Small Grants Programme

This scheme is open. Deadline for applications: Friday 31st March 2023 at 12pm
Please note this is a rolling programme

The Arts Council has designed this programme to encourage you to develop and deliver your ideas, linked to your artistic needs and to your future plans.

The aim of this programme is 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.

We want to support activities which benefit the people of Northern Ireland or that help arts organisations in Northern Ireland carry out their work.

All applications should fit within the objectives stated in the Council’s five-year plan.

Platinum Jubilee Projects
The Platinum Jubilee celebrates 70 years of HM The Queen’s reign. The Arts Council welcomes arts-based Jubilee projects via our Small Grants Programme in line with the general aims of the scheme. Successful projects must be completed by the end of 2022; applicants will note that the Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend will be on 5 June 2022.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from the widest possible range of organisations. You will be required to provide proof that you have a legal constitution.

•  Registered charities and other organisations which cannot distribute profits
•  Groups of organisations working together to deliver specific projects
•  formally constituted parent-teacher associations
 

Who Cannot Apply?

•  Organisations currently in receipt of Arts Council funding from its Annual Funding or Lottery Project Funding programmes
•  Individuals or Sole traders
•  Commercial trading companies
•  Companies that exist to distribute a profit or which are constituted to allow payment of dividends to non-asset-locked bodies
•  Statutory authorities or organisations governed by statutory authorities i.e. ELB schools.
 

Documents

Download Guidance notes here

Download FAQs here

Download Project Budget Template here

How to apply?

You MUST apply online. We will not accept applications in hard copy, by email or by fax.

Online applications may be edited, saved and returned to at any time until you submit. You MUST submit ALL mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time, ie. at the point at which you submit your online application. The enclosures are listed within the online application and in the FAQs doc.

The online application allows you to upload and attach the necessary enclosures to your application. You must upload the following mandatory enclosures:

  • Legal constitution of the applicant organisation
  • Detailed project budget

And if available you must upload

  • CVs or information on artist/s, groups, technical staff, other personnel you propose to employ as part of the project

Applicants must read the FAQs document for more detail on these enclosures. All such documents must be in Word, Excel or pdf format. We cannot accept documents in other formats. Total size of documents should not exceed 25 Mb.

All of the information you provide will be held on computer. This information will be used for the administration of applications and grants, for producing statistics and information on successful applicants. Remember to keep a copy of the completed form and enclosures for your own records.

Documents

Download Guidance notes here

Download FAQs here

Download Project Budget Template here

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for applications is Friday 31st March 2023 at 12pm
Decisions will be made by Friday 31st March 2023

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Organisations Digital Evolution Awards

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Programme Objectives:

• Upskilling NI arts organisations in the use of Digital Technology
• Creation of excellent Digital Art*

Programme Priorities:

1. Creation of digital arts
2. Supporting artists / arts organisations to make digital art for the first time or working with digital technology which they have not used before.
3. Encouraging cross-sectoral collaboration

*What is Digital Art within the context of this programme?

For this programme digital art is artwork that is created exclusively in the digital space; it can either exist in the digital space or be translated into a physical object or tangible experience through technology. Work that exists only in the digital space can be artwork that is consumed online or offline; the latter having some form of installation in a venue.

This grant programme does not cover the simple digitisation of art (in any artform) or performance and must relate to the development of your artistic practice and digital capability. Filmed performances, audio recordings or video capture of material that would be intended for in-person performance is not suitable as the output of a project proposal, and applications applying for such output activity will be rejected as ineligible. Such filmed or recorded elements can be used as assets within a piece of digital art, for example within animation, virtual experiences, or app development.

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants to this scheme are as follows:

  • Arts organisations, registered charities and other organisations which cannot distribute profits
  • Groups of organisations working together to deliver specific projects
  • Organisations currently in receipt of an Arts Council Annual funding Programme award may apply for:
    • projects of an exceptional nature which were not anticipated at the time of their AFP application

Documents

Download Guidance notes here

How to apply?

You must apply using our online system. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email.

  • Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date.
  • You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, ie. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. These enclosures are listed on the Attachments page within the online application and are detailed below.
  • Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 12noon precisely on the closing date, 14 February 2022. If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, with all the requested mandatory enclosures, your application will not be accepted.
  • If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system. If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.

Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing time and date.

Documents

Download Guidance notes here

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Creative Industries Seed Fund

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This £25k funding award is eligible for partnerships that use the arts within new and emerging technologies. With the continuing evolution of immersive technology, it has the potential to expand the possibilities of how the arts can be distributed and utilised in new and innovate ways.

Programme Objectives:
1. Encourage Cross-Sectoral Collaboration;
2. Drive innovation in technologies; and
3. Creating new content, products, services and experiences.

The aim of this project is to assist arts organisations, entrepreneurs, and creative businesses to undertake projects that:
1. Contribute to the growth of the creative industries; and
2. Unlock future income generation.

All applications must be partnerships between an arts organization or artist and a creative business or academia.

Who can apply?

All applications must be a collaboration between two or more applicants. The lead applicant – that is, the applicant in whose name the application is submitted and who, in the event of an award, will be the group or individual responsible for managing the grant, and monitoring and reporting on the project - must be based in Northern Ireland.

Eligible lead applicants to this scheme are as follows:

  • Arts organisations
  • Individual Artists registered as sole traders
  • Creative Businesses

In order for your application to be eligible your project must meet the following criteria:

  • Involve a partnership between an artist or arts organisations with a creative business and/or academia
  • Use new and emerging technology to advance artistic practice to enhance the experience of arts audiences, create new digital artistic products, or allow for digital distribution of existing arts products or services

You will be required to provide confirmation that all project partners are legally constituted:

  • All sole traders must be registered with Revenue and Customs and provide a copy of their Unique Taxpayer Reference along with evidence of a business bank account.
  • Limited companies and Partnerships must also be fully constituted.
  • Start-up businesses can apply but must be fully constituted and registered prior to applying for an award.

Documents

Download Guidance notes here

How to apply?

You must apply using our online system. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email.

  • Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date.
  • You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, ie. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. These enclosures are listed on the Attachments page within the online application and are detailed below.
  • Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 12noon precisely on the closing date, 28 February 2022. If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, with all the requested mandatory enclosures, your application will not be accepted.
  • If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system. If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.

Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing time and date.

Download Guidance notes here

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Covid Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations

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The Executive and the Minister for Communities, Deirdre Hargey MLA, have provided Covid recovery funding for arts organisations and a range of other not-for-profit organisations.

The aim of the Covid Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations is to reduce or remove operating deficits in eligible organisations, which have arisen in the 2021/22 financial year because of the Covid pandemic.

To achieve this the Covid Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations will support eligible organisations which have been negatively affected by the pandemic in the financial year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 and which have a financial operating deficit during that period which is attributable in full or in part to Covid.

Available Funding

The maximum amount of funding available to an eligible organisation under this Programme is £50,000.

Exceptionally, a greater amount of funding may be available to eligible organisations that can demonstrate that the deficit attributable to Covid in the financial year is greater than £50,000 and that the organisation requires funding in excess of that sum to stabilise financially.

In the event that the proposed awards exceed available funding, those organisations with the largest operating deficits will get priority.

Organisations applying for more than £50,000 must make contact with the Arts Council before doing so.

DoF Omicron Hospitality Payment Scheme
The Department of Finance (DoF) will shortly launch the Omicron Hospitality Payment scheme. There are three amounts of funding available, £10k, £15k and £20k depending on Net Annual Value (NAV). DoF will automatically issue payments to most eligible organisations. Some organisation that do not receive payment automatically, but consider themselves eligible, will be able to test entitlement through a separate application process.

Impact on Covid Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations
Before applying to the Department for Communities’s Covid Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations being delivered by the Arts Council, you will first want to assess whether the DoF Omicron Hospitality Payment is likely to be equal to or greater than any potential award under the Covid Recovery scheme.

If you are likely to have a projected operating deficit greater than the DoF funding available through the Omicron Hospitality Payment Scheme, you should proceed with your application to the Covid Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations but make sure to include Omicron Hospitality Payment details in your financial projections.

If you have already submitted your application for Covid Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations funding, you must inform the Arts Council about your entitlement to the Omicron Hospitality payment.

DfC will carry out a data matching exercise before releasing payments to prevent double funding.

Further information on DoF’s scheme can be found at https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/coronavirus-omicron-hospitality-payment

Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from:

  • Constituted organisations/companies whose primary purpose relates to the categories below and which carry out the majority of their work in Northern Ireland.
  • Arts, cultural and community venues’ main use must be for one of the categories below.
  • Arts, culture and community organisations whose primary role is to create, present or support one (or more) of these categories:
      ­
    • Dance
    • ­
    • Drama
    • ­
    • Literature
    • ­
    • Music and Opera
    • ­
    • Traditional Arts
    • ­
    • Visual Arts
    • ­
    • Performing arts and theatre
    • ­
    • Festivals and cultural events
    • ­
    • Participatory Arts
    • ­
    • Circus, Street Theatre and Carnival
    • ­
    • Comedy
    • ­
    • Cross Art form
    • ­
    • Community Arts
    • ­
    • Craft

Please use the Eligibility Checklist to determine if it is appropriate that you apply to the Covid Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations.

Documents

Download Guidance notes here

Download Frequently Asked Questions here

Download Eligibility Checklist here

Download Financial Overview Template (Annex A) here

Download Deficit Calculator here
This Excel spreadsheet template may be a helpful tool in the calculation of an operating deficit. You may wish to use it, or not – for some it may not be suitable because you have operationalised in a different way. There is no mandatory requirement to use it nor does it need to be submitted with your application.

Information sessions

NICVA hosted two online information sessions on the Covid Recovery Programme for Organisations, with representatives from each of the delivery bodies. You can watch a recording here.

How to apply?

You must apply using our online system. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email.

  • Online applications may be edited, saved, and returned up to the closing date.
  • You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, i.e. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. If you realise after submitting your online application that you have not included all the mandatory enclosures you must resubmit a new application with all the relevant mandatory enclosures included before the application deadline of 12noon on Friday 28 January 2022. We cannot accept additional material by any other method or after the deadline. These enclosures are listed on the Attachments page within the online application.
  • Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 12 noon precisely on the closing date, Friday 28 January 2022.
  • If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted.
  • If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system.
  • If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.

Please remember that it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to ensure that we receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing time and date.

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Four Nations International Fund

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The Four Nations International Fund supports individuals and organisations in developing international partnerships and co-creation projects.

This pilot fund, now open, is designed to encourage in-person, digital and hybrid collaboration:

  • between artists, creative practitioners and organisations from the four nations across the UK

and

  • counterparts from elsewhere in Europe and beyond.

The Four Nations International Fund is a pilot fund with co-investment from Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Arts Council Wales/Wales Arts International and Creative Scotland.

The arts and culture sectors of all four nations across the UK thrive on international collaboration and exchange. This fund invites artists, cultural professionals and organisations to consider where that collaboration could be also enhanced by closer working between England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Applications will require applicants to have at least one partner from another of the four nations of the UK in addition to at least one international partner.

Who can apply?

In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Be based in one of the four nations of the UK – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales
  • Be a creative practitioner working in the arts and creative industries or an organisation working in the arts and creative industries
  • Have a UK bank account in their name

And must have:

  • Confirmed commitment from at least one artistic or creative partner based in another of the four nations – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales (this can be an individual or organisation)

and

  • Commitment from an international artistic or creative partner (this can be an individual or an organisation). This will fund will also prioritise international partnerships within Europe.

For full eligibility details, please see the fund guidance.

How to apply?

Please download the Fund Guidance, FAQs and Timeline Template to prepare your application. Available from https://www.creativescotland.com/funding/funding-programmes/targeted-funding/four-nations-international-fund

The fund is now open, and you can apply online using the My Creative Scotland online funding portal.

Apply now using My Creative Scotland

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WOMEX 2021 Bursaries

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WOMEX World Music Expo will take place in in Porto, Portugal from 27 to 31 October 2021. This will be the seventh occasion of ACNI’s attendance at WOMEX which has fast become the most important international professional market for world music of every kind including folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music.

The five-day event attracts over 2,250 delegates from over 90 countries, including hundreds of concert and festival bookers, labels, publishers, distributors, managers and the world's media.

This year, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland will host a combined stand located within the Horizons section of WOMEX. Horizons is an initiative to collectively promote the music of nations of the UK & Ireland at WOMEX. The Horizons partners are Arts Council England, British Underground, Arts Council of Ireland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Culture Ireland, Creative Scotland, Scottish Music Industry Association, Arts Council of Wales, Cerdd Cymru: Music Wales, Wales Arts International, UK Trade & Investment.

Selected delegates will participate in the national stand to promote their work to international arts industry presenters and promoters.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland will offer a maximum of four bursary awards for WOMEX 2021. The award - £400 per delegate - is towards the costs of return flights, registration and a contribution towards accommodation and subsistence.

Who can apply?

The delegate bursaries are available to musicians, managers and agents working in Northern Ireland and are aimed at those artists and promoters who have a track record of touring internationally, have excellent promotional material available (CD’s, website etc) and who would benefit from attending the event to promote their work at this particular music industry marketplace. Only one delegate bursary will be awarded per group.

How to apply?

You need to apply using our online system.

Make sure you address each question otherwise your application may be deemed ineligible. Applications will be assessed against 2 criteria: Contribution to the Sector; and Potential for Skills/Career Development of the Proposal.

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Creative Individuals Recovery Programme

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This programme has been co-designed by the Department for Communities and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The overriding objective of this programme is to help individuals reconnect or maintain their trade, profession or vocation within the creative sector as it emerges from coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Taking account of the diversity of the sector, it is difficult to be prescriptive, but the scheme will typically meet one-off costs that are necessarily incurred and indeed essential to the individual reengaging with or maintaining their practice. The programme will support actions to reverse the erosion of creative practice and loss of skills and experience to the creative sectors.

Who can apply?

This programme is to help support self-employed and freelance individuals working in the creative sector including but not limited to artists, venue support staff, singer songwriters, session musicians, set designers, artists, DJs, actors, dancers, choreographers, musicians, rappers, writers, poets, editors, proof readers, crafts people, comedians, open mike performers, tutors, facilitators, creators, photographers, film-makers, touring crew, artist managers, promotors, lighting and sound technicians/engineers, other technical crew and support staff and other creative practitioners who work in the creative industries to sustain and build their professional and technical skills in these challenging times and to support those who wish to deliver creative projects.

This is an indicative list and is not exhaustive.

If you have a query regarding your eligibility of your role in the creative sector, please contact us


Eligible Activity

Funding from this Programme can assist with the following costs:

  • creation of new work or engaging with new or existing audiences/commissions etc.
  • skills improvement necessary to reactivate or maintain trade, profession or vocation
  • hiring facilities and/or equipment to facilitate creative practice, including rehearsal, necessary for the resumption or maintenance of the individual’s trade, profession or vocation
  • time set aside to update, develop or enhance existing trade profession or vocation
  • attendance at industry events, peer-to-peer engagement professional/membership fees of associations related to an individual’s career development
  • Other costs which the Arts Council deems reasonable to assist in maintaining or developing the individual’s practice
  • Support worker or other costs related to supporting a disability as required as part of creative practice.

These are some examples of the types of costs that your award could cover.

How to apply?

Applications to the Creative Individuals Recovery Programme will only be accepted online.


Documents

Download Guidance notes here

http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/images/uploads/publications-documents/ACNI-CIRP-Guidance-Notes.pdf

Download FAQs here

http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/images/uploads/publications-documents/ACNI-CIRP-FAQs-30-Sept-2021.pdf

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The Arts Council has designed this programme 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. We want to support activities which benefit the people of Northern Ireland or that help arts organisations in Northern Ireland carry out their work.

In addition, the Council wishes to support programmes which

  • Encourage the involvement of under-represented groups including those from black and ethnic minority (BAME) communities;
  • Encourage the involvement of children and young people, older people, or people with disabilities with organisations and artists of the very highest professional standards across the disciplines;
  • Promote innovative, original work by Northern Ireland artists, especially in drama and dance, which tours outside the company’s administrative base; and
  • Advance collaborative audience development projects

What you can apply for

Applicants should give careful consideration to the feasibility and timing of touring work, public presentations, large scale projects and conferences in light of potential ongoing or re-occurring issues due to Covid-19.

You can apply for arts activities that last up to one year. These can include the following:

  • Projects, events and programmes of activity together with related overhead costs associated with the delivery of the project/event or programme
  • Projects which promote under-represented groups including those from black and ethnic minority (BAME) communities
  • Continuation of salaries of existing administrative and/or arts posts. except for staff who have taken up the offer of the Governments furlough scheme
  • Commissions and Productions*
  • Research and Development
  • Audience Development – to meet the needs of audiences and to help arts organisations develop ongoing relationships with audiences
  • Touring (in more than one local authority area)
  • One-off, large-scale national arts events, such as conferences, which take place in Northern Ireland and benefit people and artists from across Northern Ireland and beyond
  • Presentations or exhibitions (in more than one local authority area) of work by international artists and arts organisations
  • Organisational/skills development to ensure you are fit for purpose after COVID-19.
  • Specialist skills for on-line presentation of existing or new work
  • Projects which are planned to reach significant audiences through ‘live’, ‘as live’ or recorded digital performance, publication, broadcast, reading, recording, and/or other audience channels
  • Modest requests for capital equipment, website design and upkeep costs and digital platform development will be assessed on a case by case basis and these must be integral to project design and/or delivery and/or specific project costs.

Who can apply?

The Arts Council welcomes applications from the widest possible range of organisations and in particular from applicants whose projects benefit individuals categorised under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. You will be required to provide proof that you have a legal constitution.

  • You do not have to be primarily an arts organisation, although the focus of the project must be on arts activities.
  • Registered charities and other organisations which cannot distribute profits may apply for funds.
  • Local Authorities are eligible to apply but they are a low priority.
  • Commercial organisations can only apply for support if the project is primarily for the benefit of the public rather than their own commercial interests.
  • If your organisation has a limited membership, or is a school, college or university, you must show that the project will benefit the wider public.
  • Public sector agencies can apply for projects which are outside their statutory remit.
  • Groups of organisations (consortia) working together to deliver specific project are eligible to apply.
  • In most cases we expect the activity to take place in Northern Ireland. However, organisations based outside Northern Ireland can apply where they can demonstrate significant benefit to the people of Northern Ireland.

How to apply?

You must apply using our online system. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email.

  • Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date.
  • You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, ie. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. These enclosures are listed on the Attachments page within the online application and are detailed below.
  • Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 12 noon precisely on the closing date, Monday 16 May 2022. If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted.
  • If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system. If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.

Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing time and date.

Documents

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Musical Instruments for Bands

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The Arts Council has designed this programme to increase the quality of music-making in the community by helping bands to replace worn-out instruments and purchase new instruments.

Particular priority will be given to applications which can demonstrate

• high quality musicianship;
• a commitment to training and musical education, particularly of young people; and
• a commitment to repertoire and technique development in relation to the band’s existing repertoire and technical standards.

Who can apply?

The Arts Council welcomes applications from the widest possible range of organisations and in particular from applicants whose projects benefit individuals categorised under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. In addition, in order to be eligible to apply to this programme, please note the following:

  • This scheme is open to bands based in Northern Ireland, which are formally constituted.
  • The following types* of bands are eligible for this scheme:
    • Accordion Orchestra/Band (part, melody or marching)
    • Brass Band
    • Concert Band
    • Flute Band (part, melody or marching)
    • Pipe Band
    • Wind Band

Who cannot apply?

• Bands who have received a Musical Instruments for Bands Programme award between January 2016 and March 2021
• Individuals
• Organisations who are in breach of the terms of any previous ACNI grant awards
• Bands who are not of the types listed above*.

What you cannot apply for

• Second-hand instruments
• Uniforms
• Travel Costs
• Tuition Costs

Please note that this list is not exhaustive. If you have any queries about eligibility, you should contact and speak with the relevant art form officer before submitting an application http://artscouncil-ni.org/about-us/staff-list

How to apply?

You must apply using our online system. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email.

  • Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date.
  • You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, ie. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. These enclosures are listed on the attachments page within the online application and in the guidance notes.
  • Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 12noon precisely on the closing date, Monday 18 October 2021. If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted.
  • If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system. If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.

Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing time and date.

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Minority Ethnic Artists Mentoring and Residency Programme

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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland recognises and welcomes the diversity within our society.

In working to create the conditions for the widest variety of art and creativity for both artists and audiences, we are seeking to address the numerous and complex barriers to access, progression and representation in the arts encountered by minority ethnic artists.

These awards have been informed by the Arts Council’s Intercultural Arts Strategy and framed within our Five Year Strategy Inspire Connect and Lead. Our aim is to support individual artists and creative practitioners from minority ethnic backgrounds and migrant backgrounds at every stage of their career.

Through this Minority Ethnic Artist’s Mentoring and Residency Programme we wish to create opportunities for specialized training, research, cultural exchanges, networking and learning for individual artists, creative practitioners and arts administrators from minority ethnic and migrant backgrounds.

Programme Aims:

  • Support workforce skill development and career pathways for artists of all ages from minority ethnic and migrant backgrounds.
  • Inspire excellence through the support of high-quality, ambitious, innovative and imaginative opportunities for artists to collaborate with others.
  • Increase the capacity and opportunities for artists to take professional and creative risks.
  • Contribute to a vibrant and diverse workforce across the breadth of the creative and cultural industries.
  • Increase opportunities for young and emerging minority ethnic artists

Specifically, the scheme will fund residencies and mentoring opportunities through which applicants can develop their creative and professional practice.

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants to this scheme are as follows:

  • Individual artists of all artistic disciplines and all types of working practice from minority ethnic and migrant backgrounds, including people in need of international protection.
  • Creative practitioners and arts administrators from minority ethnic and migrant backgrounds
  • Artform areas can include, but are not limited to the following: visual art, craft, public art, theatre, drama and dance, literature, music, opera and traditional arts, community/participatory arts and arts in health.
  • Employees of statutory bodies (including Universities), undergraduates and postgraduates are eligible to apply but they must prove that their proposal is not properly the concern of their employer and/or are not related to their academic study.

Eligible applicants must also be

  • Living in Northern Ireland
  • Have made a contribution to artistic activities for a minimum period of 2 years.
  • At least 18yrs old and not in secondary education.

Who Cannot Apply?

Applicants who have broken the conditions of any previous ACNI award within the previous 4 years (taken from the date of the letter of offer) and applicants who remain in breach of any previous letters of offer (regardless of the letter of offer date).


What you can apply for

Applicants should give careful consideration to the feasibility and timing of their activities given possible ongoing restrictions due to COVID-19.

Eligible costs for both the Mentoring and Residency awards may include:

Project assistance

  • Art materials/equipment
  • Buying time for own practice/creation of new work
  • Fees for training courses
  • Artistic fees of Mentors
  • Artistic or technical fees including those towards production or post-production costs associated with presentation or exhibition of work
  • Venue hire e.g. rehearsal space
  • Technical equipment related to the project/proposal
  • Translation costs
  • Documentation costs
  • Childcare costs

Travel grants

  • All travel, mileage costs of 25.7p per mile, commuter and air travel

Residencies

  • Subsistence costs @£15 per day
  • Accommodation costs

How to apply?

You must apply using our online system. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email.

  • Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date.
  • You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, ie. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. These enclosures are listed on the Attachments page within the online application and are detailed below.
  • Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 12noon precisely on the closing date, 4 October 2021. If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted.
  • If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system. If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.

Guidance Notes

Download Guidance notes here

http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/images/uploads/publications-documents/ACNI-ME-Residency-Programme.pdf

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Individual Artists Digital Evolution Awards

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This programme is joint funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Future Screens NI.

Programme Objectives:

  • Upskilling NI artists in the use of Digital Technology
  • Creation of excellent Digital Art

Programme Priorities:

  • Creation of digital arts
  • Supporting artists making digital art for the first time or working with digital technology which they have not used before.
  • Supporting artists working with new or immersive technology

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants to this scheme are as follows:

  • Individual artists of all artistic disciplines and all types of working practice.
  • Artists who are employees of statutory bodies (including Universities), undergraduates and postgraduates are eligible to apply but they must prove that their proposal is not properly the concern of their employer and/or that the proposal is not related to their academic study (see p.9 in guidance notes for more detail).
  • Partnership projects with creative industries freelancers or organisations are possible; however the individual artist must be the lead partner.

Eligible applicants must also be:

  • Resident in Northern Ireland
  • Have made a significant contribution to artistic activities in Northern Ireland for a minimum period of 1 year within the last 5 years
  • At least 18 years old and not in secondary education.

Who Cannot Apply?

  • Applicants who have broken the conditions of any previous ACNI award within the previous 4 years (taken from the date of the letter of offer) and
  • Applicants who remain in breach of any previous letters of offer (regardless of the letter of offer date).

What you can apply for

Here are some examples of the type of project we are aiming to support through this scheme. This list is far from exhaustive.

  • Creation of a virtual environment or augmented reality environment; such as augmented reality visual arts or sound overlay on venues or geographical spaces.
  • Using technology, such as 3D rendering and printing, to create artwork digitally which can either exist digitally or be manufactured into 3D physical objects.

How to apply?

You must apply using our online system. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email. Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date.

  • You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, i.e. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. These enclosures are listed on the Attachments page within the online application and are detailed below.
  • Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 12noon precisely on the closing date, 31 August 2021. If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, with all the requested mandatory enclosures your application will not be accepted.
  • If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system. If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.

    • Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing time and date.

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      Arts & Older People Programme

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      The Arts & Older People Programme was set up to increase opportunities for older people to engage with the arts.  It achieved this by providing funding to arts-based projects that addressed related social issues such as poverty, isolation and loneliness, as well as promoting positive mental health.  The design of the Programme was informed by the Arts & Older People Strategy which was undertaken by the Arts Council in July 2010. 

      The programme to date has made 164 awards to community groups, voluntary groups and arts organisations. Over £1.5 million has been invested in the Arts & Older People Programme.

      The Arts & Older People Programme aims to strengthen the voice of older people and promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing through the arts.  In conjunction with the delivery partners the priority areas for this next round of funding are projects being delivered within care homes, carers and people living with dementia.  The proposed projects should reflect the partnership approach with the care homes and have the support from them in the delivery.

      Who can apply?

      The programme is aimed at constituted community and voluntary groups who are working at a local level to support older people and can demonstrate strong partnership working with care homes, carers and dementia groups.

      This programme is also open to non-governmental organisations, Local Authorities and arts organisations who can clearly demonstrate partnership working. 

      We are looking for partnership or consortia based projects.  Partnerships can be led by either age sector providers, arts organisations or Local Authorities, however the consortium must be made up of appropriate representatives and demonstrate a commitment to working together.  Other specialists who work with older people may also be included as named partners in the consortium.

       

      Who cannot apply?

      • Individuals
      • Broadcasters (excluding community service broadcasters)
      • Central Government Departments
      • Organisations with statutory obligations to providing services for Older People

      How to apply?

      Applications may only be submitted online.  When you submit online, you MUST submit ALL mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time, ie. at the point at which you submit your online application.  Online applications may be edited, saved and returned to up to the closing date. 

      All enclosure documents must be in Word, Excel or pdf format.  We cannot accept documents in other formats.  Total size of documents should not exceed 25 Mb.

      Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 12 noon on the closing date.  If your complete application is not uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted. 

      Details of enclosure documents are outlined at FAQ 14 (pages 13 and 14).

      NOTE:  Applications submitted in hard copy, by fax, disk or e-mail will not be accepted.
      REMEMBER TO KEEP A COPY OF THE COMPLETED FORM AND ENCLOSURES FOR YOUR RECORDS

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      Lottery Project Funding 2021-2022

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      The Arts Council has designed this programme 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. We want to support activities which benefit the people of Northern Ireland or that help arts organisations in Northern Ireland carry out their work. 

      In addition, the Council wishes to support programmes which

      • Encourage the involvement of under-represented groups including those from black and ethnic minority (BAME) communities;
      • Encourage the involvement of children and young people, older people, or people with disabilities with organisations and artists of the very highest professional standards across the disciplines;
      • Promote innovative, original work by Northern Ireland artists, especially in drama and dance, which tours outside the company’s administrative base; and
      • Advance collaborative audience development projects.

       

      What you can apply for

      Applicants should give careful consideration to the feasibility and timing of touring work, public presentations, large scale projects and conferences given restrictions due to COVID-19.

      You can apply for arts activities that last up to one year.  These can include the following:

      • Projects, events and programmes of activity together with related overhead costs associated with the delivery of the project/event or programme
      • Projects which promote under-represented groups including those from black and ethnic minority (BAME) communities
      • Continuation of salaries of existing administrative and/or arts posts. except for staff who have taken up the offer of the Governments furlough scheme
      • Commissions and Productions*
      • Research and Development
      • Audience Development – to meet the needs of audiences and to help arts organisations develop ongoing relationships with audiences
      • Touring (in more than one local authority area)
      • One-off, large-scale national arts events, such as conferences, which take place in Northern Ireland and benefit people and artists from across Northern Ireland and beyond
      • Presentations or exhibitions (in more than one local authority area) of work by international artists and arts organisations
      • Organisational/skills development to ensure you are fit for purpose during and after COVID-19
      • Specialist skills for on-line presentation of existing or new work
      • Projects which are planned to reach significant audiences through ‘live’, ‘as live’ or recorded digital performance, publication, broadcast, reading, recording, and/or other audience channels
      • Modest requests for capital equipment, website design and upkeep costs and digital platform development will be assessed on a case by case basis and these must be integral to project design and/or delivery and/or specific project costs.

       

      Who can apply?

      The Arts Council welcomes applications from the widest possible range of organisations and in particular from applicants whose projects benefit individuals categorised under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. You will be required to provide proof that you have a legal constitution. 

      • You do not have to be primarily an arts organisation, although the focus of the project must be on arts activities.
      • Registered charities and other organisations which cannot distribute profits may apply for funds.
      • Local Authorities are eligible to apply but they are a low priority.
      • Commercial organisations can only apply for support if the project is primarily for the benefit of the public rather than their own commercial interests.
      • If your organisation has a limited membership, or is a school, college or university, you must show that the project will benefit the wider public.
      • Public sector agencies can apply for projects which are outside their statutory remit.
      • Groups of organisations (consortia) working together to deliver specific project are eligible to apply.
      • In most cases we expect the activity to take place in Northern Ireland.  However, organisations based outside Northern Ireland can apply where they can demonstrate significant benefit to the people of Northern Ireland.

      Who Cannot Apply

      • Organisations that have received a 2021/22 Annual Funding Programme award
      • Individuals
      • Broadcasters (excluding community service broadcasters)
      • Central Government Departments
      • Umbrella organisations not previously funded by the Arts Council

      How to apply?

      You must apply using our online system. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email. 

      • Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date.
      • You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, ie. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. These enclosures are listed on the Attachments page within the online application and are detailed below.
      • Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 12 noon precisely on the closing date, Tuesday 1 June 2021.   If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted.
      • If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system.  If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.

       

      Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing time and date.

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      Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme 2

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      Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme 2 for those working in the creative economy including freelancers, musicians, DJs, actors, artists and craft workers.

      The overriding objective of this programme is to retain a vital workforce within the creative sector which is at risk of being lost as a result of Covid-19.  Many freelance workers and creatives have lost all earned income this year.  If not given critical support this fragile sector risks losing them and their skills.  This poses a major risk for when we return to a functioning arts and creative economy.

      Consequently, this programme has been designed to help support individual musicians, DJs, artists, actors, craftspeople and freelancers and other creative practitioners who work in the creative industries to sustain and build their creative, professional and technical skills in these challenging times.  We also wish to assist these workers adapt to the new market conditions that have been brought about as a result of Covid-19.

      Applications will also be considered from groups of individuals working in collaboration, provided there is a lead individual making the application.

      Priority for funding will be given to those who have been unable to access other forms of financial support from Government or other sources and who have not received funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Artists Emergency Programme (AEP) or Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme 1. 

      If you have already received funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2020, you can apply to this programme, but our priority will be to consider first time or previously unsuccessful applicants. Successful repeat applicants will be considered and held in a ranked reserve list and funded if we have the resources and until budgets are fully allocated.

      Who can apply?

      The fund is aimed at workers in the creative and arts economy in whatever capacity such as:

      Venue support staff, singer songwriters, session musicians, set designers, lighting and sound technicians, artists, actors, DJs, musicians, rappers, writers/poets, comedians, open mike performers, tutors and facilitators , dancers, choreographers, editors and proof readers, craftspeople. This is an indicative list and is not exhaustive.

      How to apply?

      Applications to the Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme will only be accepted online.

      The online application system has been tested and is sending out relevant notifications. We are, however, aware that some applicants to online grants programmes may experience issues such as the account holder not receiving links to reset passwords, not receiving notifications of when applications are edited and saved, nor when applications have been submitted. These issues relate to those account holders with email addresses from the following email providers – btinernet, yahoo and virgin – and customised email addresses.

      The potential issues lie with those email providers and are beyond the control of Arts Council; if encountered they need to be addressed by the relevant email provider. Should you be affected by a problem which cannot be resolved with an email provider, we would strongly recommend that accounts are set up using Gmail or Outlook email addresses. Where applicants may have previous accounts with other email addresses, we will be able to transfer historical information to new accounts if required.

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      Stability and Renewal Programme for Organisations

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      Following the announcement of a £29m allocation from the NI Executive to support the arts, culture, heritage, languages and the wider creative industries sectors the Arts Council has this co-designed programme with the Department for Communities.

      This additional funding will provide a much needed lifeline and significant boost to our cultural sector which has been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

      The Minister has acknowledged the substantial contribution that these sectors make to our local economy, our quality of life, health and wellbeing, in the shaping of our standing as a place to live, work and visit, and they have a vital part to play in delivering social renewal for communities and people impacted by COVID-19.

      All organisations applying can contact the Arts Council for further advice before applying. Existing Arts Council clients should make contact with their Arts Council Officer before applying. All applications will be judged on merit, regardless of any previous relationship with the Arts Council or the Department for Communities.

      Please read these Guidance Notes and FAQs before completing and submitting your Application Form

      Who can apply?

      • Constituted organisations/companies whose primary purpose relates to the categories below and which carry out the majority of their work in Northern Ireland.
      • Arts, cultural and community venues’ main use must be for one of the categories below, and may include arts, cultural and community centres, theatres, galleries, grassroots music venues, comedy venues.,
      • Arts, culture and community organisations whose primary role is to create, present or support one (or more) of these categories:
        • Dance
        • Drama
        • Literature
        • Music and Opera
        • Traditional Arts
        • Visual Arts
        • Performing arts and theatre
        • Festivals and cultural events
        • Participatory Arts
        • Comedy
        • Cross Art form
        • Community Arts
        • Creative Industries in the following segments:
          • Independent Cinema
          • Product Design, Fashion Design, and Graphic Design;
          • Crafts;
          • TV, Video, Photography, Film, and Radio;

      Who Cannot Apply?

      -  Individuals
      -  Broadcasters (excluding community service broadcasters)
      -  Central Government Departments
      -  Applicants to National Lottery Heritage Recovery Fund
      -  Local Councils (DFC will make separate funding arrangements with the 11 local councils)

      How to apply?

      You must apply using our online system. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email. 

      • Online applications may be edited, saved, and returned up to the closing date.
      • You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, ie. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. If you realise after submitting your online application that you have not included all the mandatory enclosures you must resubmit a new application with all the relevant mandatory enclosures included before the application deadline of 12noon on Friday 27 November 2020. We cannot accept additional material by any other method or after the deadline. These enclosures are listed on the Attachments page within the online application and are detailed below.
      • Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 12 noon precisely on the closing date, Friday 27 November 2020 If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted.
      • If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system. If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.

       

      Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing time and date.

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      Small Capital Programme

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      The Arts Council has designed this programme to enable organisations to purchase equipment and/or carry out minor works to their premises which will enhance their artistic services.

      We want to support activities which benefit the people of Northern Ireland or that help arts organisations in Northern Ireland carry out their work.  Particular priority will be given to equipment and minor works which:

      • address Covid-19 requirements in working remotely;
      • improves the accessibility of the arts;
      • improves the direct delivery of arts provision;
      • enhances or broadens the audience/participants’ experience of arts programming; or
      • raises the quality of the artistic work produced.

      You should only apply to this programme if you will be able to complete the procurement, purchase and receipt of your requested items of equipment from notification of award and 5 March 2021.  Similarly, if you are applying for minor works costs, all work must take place and be completed from notification of award and 5 March 2021.  Eligible expenditure can only be incurred within these dates. If you are unable to meet these conditions, you should NOT apply to this scheme as the Arts Council will not meet any costs incurred outside this period.

      Who can apply?

      The Arts Council welcomes applications from the widest possible range of organisations and in particular from applicants whose projects benefit individuals categorised under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.  In addition, in order to be eligible to apply to this programme, please note the following:

      • You do not have to be primarily an arts organisation, (for example, community groups may apply to the scheme), however, the purpose of the requested equipment or minor works must be clearly focussed on the arts.
      • Local authorities are eligible to apply but they are a low priority.
      • Registered charities and other fully constituted organisations which cannot distribute a profit are eligible to apply.
      • Commercial organisations can only apply for support if the equipment / minor works is primarily for the benefit of the public rather than their own commercial interests. 
      • If your organisation has a limited membership you must show that the equipment/minor works will benefit the wider public. 
      • Groups of organisations (consortia) working together to deliver specific projects may apply.

      WHO CANNOT APPLY
      • Individuals
      • Broadcasters (excluding community service broadcasters)
      • Central Government Departments
      • Bands seeking musical instruments (the Arts Council has a separate Musical Instruments for Bands programme)
      • Schools, Colleges and Universities
      • Organisations who are in breach of the terms of previous ACNI grant awards.

      WHAT YOU CAN APPLY FOR:
      You can apply for any minor work or item of equipment for an arts-related activity such as, but not limited to, the following:
      • Lighting equipment
      • Stage equipment
      • Sound equipment
      • Accessibility equipment 

      • Captioning equipment
      • Video equipment
      • Minor works
      • Transport
      • IT equipment
      • Office equipment

      WHAT YOU CANNOT APPLY FOR:
      • Second-hand equipment without a warranty / guarantee
      • Software (other than pre-loaded operating systems and packages)
      • Equipment service costs
      • Musical instruments
      • Sheet music
      • Mobile phones
      • Consumables.

      Please note that this list is not exhaustive.  If you have any queries about the eligibility of a proposal, you should contact and speak with the relevant art form officer before submitting an application.

      How to apply?

      You must apply using our online system.  We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email. 

      Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date. 

      You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, ie. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. These enclosures are listed on the attachments page within the online application and are detailed below. 

      Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 4.00 pm precisely on the closing date, Thursday 15 October 2020.   If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted.

      If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system.  If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.
      Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing time and date.

      Small Capital Equipment Request List
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      Young Musicians’ Platform Scheme

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      The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI), in collaboration with BBC Northern Ireland (BBC NI), offers awards for young, exceptionally talented solo musicians/singers/singer-songwriters in Classical, Jazz, Contemporary and Traditional Music who are ready to enter the professional world as artists. The financial award associated with this scheme will allow applicants to spend a sizeable amount of time learning from a master musician/ teacher/composer etc. abroad. The BBC will facilitate this scheme by offering two professional broadcast performances to six successful applicants, in the period January 2021 – December 2022.

      The Young Musicians’ Platform Scheme is a biennial scheme offering a maximum of six individual awards of £5,000 plus two professional engagements arranged by BBC Northern Ireland for a broadcast chamber music/ solo recital and/or concerto performance with the Ulster Orchestra where appropriate.

      Who can apply?

      • Individual classical, jazz, traditional and contemporary singer-songwriters, musicians who reside in or originate from Northern Ireland;
      • Lower age limit of 18 and up to an age limit of 26 for instrumental players, and 29 for singers;
      • Classical, jazz and traditional musicians who have made a meaningful contribution to artistic activities in Northern Ireland;
      • Applicants must have reached a high standard of public performance as indicated within the references and as demonstrated with a solo recording of two (2) contrasting works of no more than eight (8) minutes each.

      The following are not eligible:

      • Applications for prolonged study at centres of further or higher education. However, applications involving short-term attendance at centres of further education will be considered if the proposed master/artist is accessible only through this route.
      • Applications from previous recipients of a Young Musicians’ Platform award.
      • Materials/equipment

      How to apply?

      Please consult the programme guidance notes before making an application

      You must apply using our online system. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email.

      Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date.

      You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, ie. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. These enclosures are listed on the attachments page within the Guidance Notes and the online application.

      Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 4.00 pm precisely on the closing date, Thursday 29 October 2020.   If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted.

      If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system.  If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.

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      Organisations Emergency Programme

      Sorry, this scheme is closed. If you need help please contact us

      The Arts Council has co-designed this emergency support programme which reflects the Minister’s priorities with financial support from the Department for Communities to support the wider cultural sector as described above.

      The primary objective of the programme is to support the continuance of creative work AND assist operational costs where necessary.  The programme seeks to assist small to medium scale organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. It will also aim to assist organisations most in need due to loss of income or operational capacity up to 31 March 2021, enabling them to continue to develop and/or deliver activities.

      Given the pressures across the cultural sector we would urge you to apply ONLY if your existing income or grant from public and other sources is not sufficient to ensure your stabilisation during the crisis.

      This programme prioritises applications that:

      • Can demonstrate loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19 through records or estimates of loss (evidence will be required so please keep a record).
      • Can demonstrate urgent operational costs not met by existing income, grant aid or other forms of assistance; these could include overheads and the cost of being operational until 31 March 2021.

       

      AND

      Seek to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. This could include a period of research, development and/or delivery of creative activity / project by 31 March 2021.

      Who can apply?

      The Arts Council welcomes applications from Arts or Cultural organisations whose primary work is in the following art form or cultural areas. Arts Organisation need to have a proven track record of quality work and public engagement supported by public funding in one of the last three financial years:

      • Dance
      • Drama
      • Literature
      • Music and Opera
      • Traditional Arts
      • Visual Arts
      • Festivals
      • Participatory Arts
      • Cross Art form
      • Venues delivering cultural events

      Applications are welcomed from organisations working in or on behalf of Irish or Ulster-Scots. In particular, we welcome applications from organisations which deliver work in relation to:

      • Public engagement activities
      • Audience development programmes (events, exhibitions, workshops, talks and online initiatives).

      Who Cannot Apply?

      Organisations which received funding in the First Call of the Organisations Emergency Programme
      • Individuals including sole traders
      • Broadcasters (excluding community service broadcasters)
      • Central Government Departments
      • Local authorities
      • Accredited Museums
      • Libraries within Libraries NI and independent Libraries
      • Arts Organisations who cannot evidence some form of public funding in the past three years.
      • Proposals which, before the end of Social Distancing, entail public gathering or conventional audience situations; or otherwise breach social distancing and other COVID-19 guidelines.

      How to apply?

      You must apply using our online system. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email.

      • Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date.
      • You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, ie. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission.  If you realise after submitting your online application that you have not included all the mandatory enclosures you must resubmit a new application with all the relevant mandatory enclosures included before the application deadline of 4.00pm on Thursday 17 September 2020.  We cannot accept additional material by any other method or after the deadline. These enclosures are listed on the Attachments page within the online application and are detailed below.
      • Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 4.00 pm precisely on the closing date, Thursday 17 SEPTEMBER 2020. If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted.
      • If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system.  If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.

       

      Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing time and date.

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      Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme

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      Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme for those working in the creative economy including freelancers, musicians, actors, artists and craft workers.

      The overriding objective of this programme is to retain a vital workforce within the creative sector which is at risk of being lost as a result of Covid-19.  Many freelance workers and creatives have lost all earned income this year.  If not given critical support this fragile sector risks losing them and their skills.  This poses a major risk for when we return to a functioning arts and creative economy.

      Consequently, this programme has been designed to help support individual musicians, artists, actors, craftspeople and freelancers and other creative practitioners who work in the creative industries to sustain and build their creative, professional and technical skills in these challenging times.  We also wish to assist these workers adapt to the new market conditions that have been brought about as a result of Covid-19.

      Applications will also be considered from groups of individuals working in collaboration, provided there is a lead individual making the application.

      Who can apply?

      The fund is aimed at workers in the creative and arts economy in whatever capacity such as:

      • venue support staff
      • singer songwriters
      • session musicians
      • set designers
      • lighting and sound technicians
      • artists
      • actors
      • musicians
      • rappers
      • writers/poets
      • comedians
      • open mike performers
      • tutors and facilitators
      • dancers
      • choreographers
      • editors and proof readers
      • craftspeople.

      This is an indicative list and is not exhaustive.

      How to apply?

      Applications to the Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme will only be accepted online.

      Please consult the programme guidance notes below before making an application.

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      Support for the Individual Artist Programme

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      All applications to the programme below must be for projects that will take place between 14 September 2020 and 31 August 2021.

      What can you apply for?

      • Project assistance
      • Travel grants
      • Residencies

      When planning your project please give careful consideration to the feasibility, timing and presentation of your project given restrictions due to Covid-19.

      Who can apply?

      Artists of all disciplines and in all types of working practice, who

      (a) have made a contribution to artistic activities in Northern Ireland for a minimum period of one year within the last five years.

      In a limited number of cases, individual technical staff/administrators of professional artistic companies may also be eligible.

      Due to the exceptional circumstances this year, applications are welcomed from artists who are currently in receipt of Arts Council’s support through its existing Support for Individual Artists Programme.

      Please note however, that individuals are unable to hold two awards concurrently. Should currently funded SIAP individual artists wish to submit an application, you must ensure that the project for which you apply does not start until your current project is completed, eg if your current award is due to complete on 31 October 2020, your proposed project must start later, 1 November 2020. Please note that all projects are to complete by 31 August 2021. Projects may also complete before 31 August 2021.

      Who cannot apply?

      Applicants who have broken the conditions of any previous award within the previous 4 years (taken from the date of the letter of offer) and applicants who remain in breach of any previous letters of offer.

      How to apply?

      Please consult the programme guidance notes below before making an application. All applications must be completed online.

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      Organisations Emergency Programme - First Round

      Sorry, this scheme is closed. If you need help please contact us

      The Arts Council has co-designed this emergency support programme which reflects the Minister’s priorities with financial support from the Department for Communities to support the wider cultural sector.

      The primary objective of the programme is to support the continuance of creative work AND assist operational costs where necessary.  The programme seeks to assist small to medium scale organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. It will also aim to assist organisations most in need due to loss of income or operational capacity up to 31 March 2021, enabling them to continue to develop and/or deliver activities.

      Given the pressures across the cultural sector we would urge you to apply ONLY if your existing income or grant from public and other sources is not sufficient to ensure your stabilisation during the crisis.
       
      This programme prioritises applications that:

      • Can demonstrate loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19 through records or estimates of loss (evidence will be required so please keep a record).
      • Can demonstrate urgent operational costs not met by existing income, grant aid or other forms of assistance; these could include overheads and the cost of being operational until 31 March 2021.

      AND

      Seek to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. This could include a period of research, development and/or delivery of creative activity / project by 31 March 2021.

      Who can apply?

      The Arts Council welcomes applications from Arts or Cultural organisations whose primary work is in the following art form or cultural areas. Arts Organisation need to have a proven track record of quality work and public engagement supported by public funding in one of the last three financial years:

      •  Dance
      •  Drama
      •  Literature
      •  Music and Opera
      •  Traditional Arts
      •  Visual Arts
      •  Festivals
      •  Participatory Arts
      •  Cross Art form
      •  Venues

      Applications from Accredited Museums and Independent Libraries whose work focuses on delivering greater access to culture and heritage, including enhancing understanding and interpretation. In particular, we welcome applications from organisations which deliver work in relation to

      •  Public engagement activities
      •  Audience development programmes (events, exhibitions, workshops, talks and online initiatives)

      Who Cannot Apply?

      •  Individuals including sole traders
      •  Broadcasters (excluding community service broadcasters)
      •  Central Government Departments
      •  Local authorities
      •  Unaccredited Museums
      •  Libraries within Libraries NI
      •  Arts Organisations who cannot evidence some form of public funding in the past three years.
      •  Proposals which, before the end of Social Distancing, entail public gathering or conventional audience situations; or otherwise breach social distancing and other COVID-19 guidelines.

      How to apply?

      Interested eligible organisations must submit the following evidence by email to artgrants@artscouncil-ni.org by the closing date of 4pm on Friday 12 June 2020.

      •  Completed application form
      •  Constitution and/or Memorandum and Articles of Association (if not uploaded to the Government Funders Database)
      •  Most recent set of accounts (if not uploaded to the Government Funders Database)
      •  CVs or information on artist/s, groups, technical staff and other personnel proposed to employ as part of the proposal
      •  A financial budget and cash flow for the financial year end 2020/21 (normally year ending 31 March 2021)
      •  A breakdown of costs over £1,000 (if applicable)
      •  Evidence of loss of income from COVID-19, examples may include reduced ticket sales due to prior planned activity having to be cancelled due to COVID-19, loss of sponsorship etc
      •  Equality Monitoring Information – a template for your completion is available below.

      When submitting your application by email, please clearly identify in the subject line, the programme to which the application relates – Organisations Emergency Programme.

      Guidance Notes
      Application Form
      Equality Monitoring Template
      FAQs
      Funding for Individuals
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      Artists Emergency Programme

      Sorry, this scheme is closed. If you need help please contact us
      Due to the high level of demand, this programme has been temporarily closed until further notice. 

      Thank you to everyone who submitted an application. The response to date is significant; we received over 300 applications requesting over £1.2m of funding. The Arts Council is currently moderating round 1 of eligible applications received and hopes to respond to all requests within a two to four-weeks timeframe.

      The second round of AEP applications will be assessed before the end of May. The Arts Council continues to work with Minister Hargey to determine the level of need within the sector and we aim to offer as much support as possible to individual artists and creative practitioners at this stressful time.

      The Arts Council has designed this programme to support individual artists, creative practitioners and performers

      There are two primary objectives of the programme

      • to support proposals for the research, design and future presentation of specific showcases, performance(s) and/or other forms of public presentation aimed at groups and communities otherwise facing barriers to the arts on a range of platforms
      • to engage the arts sector in employment by providing individual artists, creative practitioners and performers with financial support to create work and make a vital contribution to the well-being of communities.

      There is an expectation that funding from the Scheme will lead in the future to some form of meaningful public engagement and/or other forms of public access opportunity, in large or small scale.

      This programme prioritises applications that:

      • Engage with groups, participants and audiences otherwise without easy access to or participation in the arts
      • Benefit individual artists, creative practitioners and performers who are currently in difficulties due to work restrictions imposed by COVID-19 protocols
      • Propose new or newly-imagined projects as interventions of high artistic quality
      • Are planned to reach significant audiences through ‘live’, ‘as live’ or recorded digital performance, publication, broadcast, reading, recording, and/or other audience channels
      • Provide for an extended life and/or extended public reach and impact for the work or project that has been created.

       

      Who can apply?

      The Arts Council welcomes Expressions of Interest from freelance individual artists and creative practitioners and performers of all disciplines, genres, skills and practice. Applicant artists, creative practitioners and performers can also choose to work with arts organisations on projects where the leaders and principal beneficiaries are individual artists, creative practitioners or performers.

      In addition to practicing individual artists, creative practitioners and performers as freelancers, included in the call are those who work in the arts as curators, editors, directors, creative producers, originators, among other roles. Each potential applicant should seek to evidence their eligibility for the scheme as an active creative.

      Individual artists, creative practitioners and performers who have proven successful models of practice can make proposals based on adaptations or variations of such work.

      Who Cannot Apply?

      • Constituted organisations/companies
      • Broadcasters (excluding community service broadcasters)
      • Central Government Departments.
      • Local authorities etc
      • Those who have not made a contribution to artistic activities in Northern Ireland for a minimum period of one year within the last five years.
      • Applicants who have broken the conditions of any previous award within the previous 4 years (taken from the date of the letter of offer) and applicants who remain in breach of any previous letters of offer.

      How to apply?

      Interested eligible artists must submit the following by email to artgrants@artscouncil-ni.org 

      • Completed Expression of Interest form
      • Your CV
      • CVs of other artists, creative practitioners and performers involved, if any
      • A budget outline
      • Previous experience of delivering work for public benefit would be important to evidence.
      • Equality & Monitoring Information – a template for your completion is available below.

      When submitting your Expression of Interest by email, please clearly identify in the subject line, the programme to which the Expression of Interest relates.

      Guidance Notes
      Expression of Interest Form
      Equality Monitoring Form
      Child-Young People-Adults at Risk Policy Statement
      FAQs
      Funding for Individuals
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      The Rosemary James Memorial Trust Award

      Sorry, this scheme is closed. If you need help please contact us
      The published closing and decision dates are being kept under review, due to current circumstances relating to COVID-19.
      In light of the current circumstances relating to COVID-19 we would like to offer those who have difficulty posting applications at this time to email your application to us before the closing date of 4pm on Friday 24 April 2020.

      Please send to rstephenson@artscouncil-ni.org

      Rosemary (Rosy) James died in 2010, having bequeathed over £500,000 to establish an annual bursary in her name to help artists, designers and makers to pursue their careers by developing a new body of work. ‘The Rosemary James Bursary’ will be administered by the Arts Council on behalf of the Rosemary James Trust. The value of the annual award is up to £15,000

      Who can apply?

      This unique award is directed at makers steeped in practice using materials singly or in combination. Such materials might include fired clay or glass; fine or base metals; textiles using any kinds of applications; wood; plastics; paper or other materials not included in this list, where the emphasis is based upon the transformation of materials through the use of sustained practice towards a series of critical outcomes.

      It aims to assist makers to investigate and develop a body of work which would otherwise be unaffordable.

      The period of the award will culminate in an exhibition of work on public display in Northern Ireland.

      How to apply?

      In light of the current circumstances relating to COVID-19 we would like to offer those who have difficulty posting applications at this time to email your application to us before the closing date of 4pm on Friday 24 April 2020.

      Please send to rstephenson@artscouncil-ni.org
      Application form
      Guidance notes

      What can you apply for
      The main thrust is to be directed towards the body of work but may also provide assistance towards

      • Travel abroad to pursue additional skills, training or research
      • Residencies/Master classes
      • Research (materials, technology, practices)
      • Collaboration with makers and artists in other disciplines

      What you cannot apply for

      • Self-Commissioning or publishing costs
      • Prolonged study at centres of further and higher education
      • Work that forms part of under-graduate or post-graduate study or is intended to be assessed as part of an academic course
      • Work which forms part of your professional or academic employment.  This does not exclude those working in an academic institution or statutory body who are continuing to pursue their crafts practice
      • Study leading to a professional qualification
      • Applications to fund or establish websites
      • Applications relating to projects/commissions already in receipt of Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery funds
      • Applications relating to residencies or rent of premises at venues already in receipt of Arts Council funding (for example, residencies to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre).

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      Collection Acquisitions Open Submission Scheme

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      The Arts Council of Northern Ireland invites submissions under this scheme for artworks to consider for purchase for the Collection.

      The Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s specific objectives with respect to acquisitions are to:

      • support individual artists
      • contribute to the development of visual arts practice in Northern Ireland
      • develop a culture in which visual art is respected and appreciated
      • foster knowledge and research
      • ensure that contemporary visual arts are showcased
      • stimulate the art market in Northern Ireland

       

      Priority is given to artists whose work is both challenging and innovative. Priority is also given to work from emerging artists, and from those whose work is not currently represented in the collection. However, only those artists who have had an artwork purchased or commissioned for the collection in the past 12 months will be ineligible to apply. Only works up to a maximum purchase price of £5,000 will be considered. Works in all media will be considered including painting, sculpture, craft, print, photography, and digital and video work. All works must have been completed in the last 3 years and should be the original work of the artist. The number of prints or copies in an edition should be clearly stated.

       

       

      Who can apply?

      Artists of all disciplines and in all types of working practice, who have made a contribution to artistic activities in Northern Ireland for a minimum period of one year within the last five years.

      Artists from Northern Ireland who are living elsewhere will also be considered. In exceptional circumstances, artists who are not from Northern Ireland but who have made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Northern Ireland may be considered.

      Who Cannot Apply?

      Applicants who have had an artwork purchased or commissioned by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland within the previous 12 months.

      Applicants who have broken the conditions of previous grant awards within the previous 4 years (taken from the date of the letter of offer).

      How to apply?

      The submission process will consist of an email submission where artists will be invited to submit an application form, an image or a digital video clip sample of the work to be considered, an Artist Statement and History of Artistic Practice. No original artworks should be submitted at the application stage.

      All submissions are to be sent to collection@artscouncil-ni.org before the programme closing date. No applications will be accepted by post.

      Applicants should identify in the email subject line that the application relates to the ACNI Collection Open Submission Scheme.

      Only one artwork from each artist will be considered for acquisition for the Collection, and artists should only submit details of one artwork.

      Guidance notes
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      Examples of the recent acquisitions
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      Musical Instruments for professional and non-professional performing groups

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      The Arts Council has designed this programme to provide support for the purchase of musical instruments by groups involved in the professional and non-professional performance of music and to respond to a broad range of capital needs within the music sector in Northern Ireland.

      Funding is intended to increase the quality of music-making in the community by helping eligible groups purchase new instruments.

      Particular priority will be given to applications which can clearly demonstrate

      • a commitment to training / tuition / education and performance
      • a commitment to artistic development
      • an ability to increase access to music provision in rural areas

       

      Who can apply?

      The Arts Council welcomes applications from the widest possible range of organisations and in particular from applicants whose projects benefit individuals categorised under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.  In addition, in order to be eligible to apply to this programme, please note the following:

      • This scheme is open to professional and non-professional performing groups, involved in regular performance in any genre, who are based in and will make regular use of the instruments in Northern Ireland.
      • Community, youth, resource organisations and schools who regularly oversee / are regularly involved in music performance in the non-professional sector.
      • All applicant groups must be formally constituted and must operate as not-for-profit, a voluntary organisation or a charitable body.  Purchased instruments will then be owned by the constituted group (as opposed to any individual within the group).  The organisation/group must have its own separate bank account ie a non-personal account.  (Personal bank accounts will not be accepted in relation to payment of an award.)
      • The following types* of groups are eligible for this scheme:

                     • Amateur / Youth Orchestras and Ensembles
                     • Choirs and Orchestras
                     • Classical Ensembles
                     • Community Music Groups
                     • Musical Societies
                     • Percussion / Samba Bands
                     • Pop / Rock Ensembles
                     • Traditional Ensembles

      In addition, the following organisations, if they regularly oversee / are regularly involved in music performance by groups in the non-professional sector, are eligible to apply:

      • Community organisations
      • Music schools
      • Resource organisations
      • Venues
      • Youth groups
      • Primary / post-primary schools*

      PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who received a grant in 2020 are still eligible to apply but may be deemed less of a priority for funding.

      *Please see important points below re applicant schools.

      PRIMARY / POST PRIMARY SCHOOLS
      Please note the following if you are a school who is considering applying to this scheme:

      • Applications from schools are only eligible in relation to non-core curriculum activities.
      • We will give priority to eligible applications from schools which can clearly demonstrate

                  • A commitment to training / tuition / education and performance;
                  • A commitment to artistic development; and
                  • Are based in a rural community

      How to apply?

      You must apply using our online system. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email. 

      • Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date.
      • You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, ie. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. These enclosures are listed on the attachments page within the online application and are detailed below.
      • Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 4.00 pm precisely on the closing date, Thursday 26 November 2020If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted.
      • If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system.  If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.

       

      Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing time and date.

      Guidance Notes
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      Musical Instruments for Individuals

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      The Arts Council has designed this programme to provide funding for highly-skilled, exceptional high profile professional performing musicians working only at a professional level who seek support for the purchase of high quality instruments that are central to their performing career. This award is open to musicians working as a high-level performer in a solo capacity or as part of a small group / chamber ensemble in any musical genre. This scheme is aimed at providing instruments for rehearsal and performance.

      Who can apply?

      The Arts Council welcomes applications from the widest possible range of individuals and in particular from applicants categorised under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

      In addition, in order to be eligible to apply to this programme, you must be a professional musician

      • who is from or currently resides in Northern Ireland who is based in, and makes regular use of the instruments in, Northern Ireland;

      AND

      • who is working as a high-level performer in a solo capacity or as part of a small group / chamber ensemble in any musical genre.

      Who Cannot Apply? 

      • Non-professional musicians
      • Individuals under the age of 18
      • Applicants who received an award from the 2019/2020 Musical Instruments for Individuals Programme
      • Applicants who have broken the conditions of any previous ACNI award.

       

      How to apply?

      You must apply using our online system. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email.

      • Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date.
      • You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, ie. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. These enclosures are listed on the attachments page within the online application and are detailed below.
      • Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 4.00 pm precisely on the closing date, Monday 23 November 2020 If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted.
      • If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system.  If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted. 

       

      Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing deadline.  The Arts Council will not accept responsibility for applications which are not successfully submitted by the programme deadline.

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      Annual Funding Programme

      Sorry, this scheme is closed. If you need help please contact us

      The over-riding aim of the Arts Council’s Annual Funding Programme is to support Northern Ireland’s arts infrastructure through grants to organisations in all artforms and practices for their core and programming costs.

      The arts sector is, once again, facing a financially challenging year so please download and read the guidance notes carefully before filling in the application form. There are significant changes to this year’s programme application and assessment process.  Only one application is required; this will cover both your Core and Programming request. 

      It should be noted that all grants made under this programme are only guaranteed on the basis that the Arts Council continues to receive sufficient Exchequer funds from the Department for Communities and, in the case of Lottery funding, from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

      For organisations not previously in receipt of an Annual Funding Programme award.

      If you are considering applying to the Annual Funding Programme you will be required, as part of the process, to upload a set of documents to the Government Funding Database.  This can take some time. Note applicants based outside Northern Ireland are not required to upload documents to the Database but are required to submit the documents with the application form.

      • Constitution and/or Memorandum and Articles of Association
      • Most recent set of Audited/Certified/adopted accounts.
      • Organisation Chart
      • Rental Agreement/Lease of Evidence of ownership

      If you are not currently on the Database you will be required to register at http://govfundingpublic.nics.gov.uk

      Full instructions for uploading documents are available here.

      Failure to upload documents to the Government Funding Database will mean your application will not be assessed.

      Who can apply?

      Organisations receiving support must demonstrate that they require a year-round resource and should apply for their complete programme for the year.  All applications should fit within the objectives stated in the Council’s draft 5 year strategic framework and must make a contribution to the draft Programme for Government outcomes .

      This programme is not designed for organisations planning short term or fixed term projects, or single or one-off annual events.

      How to apply?

      You must make a single application to the programme using our online system.  The link to application forms can be found below.  Use “Apply Online Now” to start a brand new application.  Use “Edit an Application Form Online” to go back into an application that you’ve already started and saved.

      Guidance Notes
      Instructions on uploading documents to GFD

      You may only apply online. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email.

      Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date. You MUST upload all mandatory enclosures to your application prior to submission, in order that we receive them with your application, before the deadline.

      All documents must be in Word, Excel or pdf format.  We cannot accept documents in other formats.   Total size of documents should not exceed 25 Mb.

      Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 4.00 pm on the closing date.   If your complete application is not uploaded when the system closes your application will not be accepted.

      It is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the application form and mandatory enclosures by the closing time and date.

      All of the information you provide will be held on computer.  This information will be used for the administration of applications and grants, for producing statistics and information on successful applicants

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      Travel Awards

      Sorry, this scheme is closed. If you need help please contact us
      In light of current restrictions on travel due to Covid-19, the Travel Award scheme is currently suspended. The reopening of the scheme will be kept under review and this webpage will be updated when it reopens for applications.

      The Travel Awards Scheme is a rolling programme. Applications must be received 4 weeks before the intended date of travel. 

      These awards enable individual artists and established music groups (up to 4 members) to travel from Northern Ireland to develop their skills and expertise. Applicants must provide evidence that they have been invited by a host organisation in the country to which they intend to travel. 

      Music Artists / Established music groups (ONLY) who have received an official invitation to perform at an international industry focused showcasing festival or conference in North America or Europe, should apply to the PRS Foundation International Showcase Fund e.g. SXSW, WOMEX, Folk Alliance International, Classical: Next, Jazz Ahead

      Who can apply?

      Individual artists, established music groups (up to 4 members) and arts administrators. Employees of statutory bodies are eligible to apply but they must prove that the funds which they are seeking are for work/costs which are not properly the concern of their employer and do not form part of their professional employment.

      Established music groups applying to the scheme should submit a single application. Within the contact details section of the form, they should state the name of the group as well as the name of the primary contact to whom all correspondence will be addressed. Names of all band members should be stated in The History of Artistic Practice submitted with the application, which should be the history of artistic practice for the group as a whole. 

       

      How to apply?

      Please consult the programme guidance notes before submitting an application. 
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      Lottery Project Funding 2019-20

      Sorry, this scheme is closed. If you need help please contact us

      The aim of this programme is 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.

      We want to support activities which benefit the people of Northern Ireland or that help arts organisations in Northern Ireland carry out their work. 

      Who can apply?

      We welcome applications from the widest possible range of organisations and in particular from applicants whose projects benefit individuals categorised under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.  You will be required to provide proof that you have a legal constitution. 

      • Registered charities and other organisations which cannot distribute profits may apply for funds.
      • Local Authorities are eligible to apply but they are a low priority.
      • Commercial organisations can only apply for support if the project is primarily for the benefit of the public rather than their own commercial interests.
      • You do not have to be primarily an arts organisation, although the focus of the project must be on arts activities.
      • If your organisation has a limited membership, or is a school, college or university, you must show that the project will benefit the wider public.
      • Public sector agencies can apply for projects which are outside their statutory remit.
      • Groups of organisations (consortia) working together to deliver specific projects.
      • In most cases we expect the activity to take place in Northern Ireland.  However, organisations based outside Northern Ireland can apply where they can demonstrate significant benefit to the people of Northern Ireland.

      How to apply?

      You may only apply online. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email or by fax.

      Online Applications are open now.

      Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date. You MUST submit ALL mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time, ie. at the point at which you submit your online application.   These enclosures are listed within the online application.

      The online application allows you to upload and attach the necessary enclosures to your application. All such documents must be in Word, Excel or pdf format.  We cannot accept documents in other formats. Total size of documents should not exceed 25 Mb.

      Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 4.00 pm on the closing date.   If your complete application is not uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted.

      It is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the application form and documents by the closing time and date. 

      All of the information you provide will be held on computer. This information will be used for the administration of applications and grants, for producing statistics and information on successful applicants.  Remember to keep a copy of the completed form and enclosures for your own records.

      Please consult the programme Guidance Notes before completing and submitting an application to this programme.
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