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Small Grants Programme

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

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

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

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

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

Who can apply?

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

How to apply?

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

Hard Copy Application Forms

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

Application Form
Guidance Notes and FAQs
Sample Equal Opportunities Policy
Confirmation of online Application Form for Small
End of Project Report Form
Event confirmation template
Equality of Opportunity and Good Relations Form
Safeguarding Checklist
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Arts and Older People Programme 2013 - 2016

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The Arts and Older People Programme 2013 - 2016 aims to strengthen the voice of older people and promote positive mental health and emotional well-being through the arts. 

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 relevant age sector organisations and Local Authority initiatives e.g. Health Cities/ Healthy Communities.

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

We are looking for proposals that demonstrate good partnership working.

Guidance Notes
Application Form
Programme scoring criteria
Application Signature Forms

The Arts & Older People Grants Programme will work on an application basis, with submissions invited from constituted community and voluntary groups, non-government funded organisations, Local Authorities and arts organisations working on a partnership basis. Applications will identify ways in which they meet the strategic themes of the programme and link with older people initiatives at a local and regional level e.g. Age –Friendly Communities etc… Projects will range in scale from £1,000 - £10,000 and can include training and development opportunities for artists and project staff, as well as creative activities for older people.

 

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The Rosemary James Memorial Trust Award

This scheme is open. Deadline for applications: Friday 26th August 2016 at 4pm

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 Rosy 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?

Please consult the programme guidance notes before making an application

 

The application form must be downloaded and a completed hard-copy submitted to the Arts Council 

 

Rosemary James Memorial Trust Application Form
Rosemary James Memorial Trust 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).

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for applications is Friday 26th August 2016 at 4pm

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Young Musician’s Platform Award

This scheme is open. Deadline for applications: Thursday 6th October 2016 at 4pm

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, in collaboration with BBC Northern Ireland, offers awards for young, exceptionally talented solo musicians/singers in Classical, Jazz 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 5 successful applicants, between the period January – December 2017.

Who can apply?

• Individual classical, jazz and traditional 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 2 contrasting works of no more than 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

 

Please consult the programme guidance notes before making an application
Young Musicians' Platform Guidance Notes
Young Musician's Platform Application Form

Final selection will be by audition lasting no longer than 10 minutes. Auditions will be held in Belfast in November 2016. An Audition Panel consisting of representatives of the BBC, ACNI and independent adjudicators will select extracts from the applicant’s programme to include 3 contrasting pieces in style and period, one of which will be contemporary. Reasonable expenses will be paid for return travel to and from Belfast.

All applicants must submit two references from professional musicians/teachers/promoters on the Reference Forms included within the application form and a recording of 2 contrasting works of no more than 8 minutes each.

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for applications is Thursday 6th October 2016 at 4pm
Decisions will be made by Wednesday 30th November 2016

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Local Government Challenge Fund

This scheme is open. Deadline for applications: Friday 31st March 2017 at 4pm

The Local Government Challenge Fund has been devised to underpin and strengthen arts provision in a community setting and to stimulate long-term change. Historically, local authority funding for the arts has been variable across Northern Ireland. There is an opportunity to change this through the development of Community Plans and their emerging themes, such as economic regeneration, community relations and social cohesion, tourism and health. The Arts Council believes that the Challenge Fund has the greatest chance of success if arts policy and programmes are embedded in Community Plans.

Who can apply?

The Arts Council is making £1.5m available within this Fund which is open to the 10 council areas outside Belfast.  The Arts Council will match each council’s contribution, up to a maximum of £150,000. 

How to apply?

Each council area is working to different timescales within an overall deadline of delivering community plans by April l2017. To facilitate this, Councils may submit their application at any point up to 31 March 2017.   Applications will be considered by the Arts Council within a maximum turnaround period of 3 months.   Please note that the Arts Council funds cannot be used for any contracts entered into before it makes its decision.

Applications must be discussed with an officer of the Arts Council prior to submission.

Online completion of the application is encouraged, however the Arts Council will accept hard-copy submissions for this programme

 

 

Please consult the programme guidance notes before completing and submitting an application

 

Challenge Fund Application Form
Challenge Fund Guidance Notes

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for applications is Friday 31st March 2017 at 4pm
Decisions will be made by Friday 30th June 2017

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Lottery Project Funding 2016-17

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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.

This programme has its own aims and criteria. However, all applications should fit within the objectives stated in the Council’s five year plan and within its artform policies. Both the five year plan and the artform policies are available on the website www.artscouncil-ni.org and you should read these before completing the application form.

Note: It is the case that the Council’s programmes, priorities and criteria can change. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are using the most up to date guidance notes and application forms. If you are thinking of making an application please check the Council’s website to make sure that you are using the current guidance notes.

 

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

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.
• Organisations currently in receipt of a 2016/17 Arts Council Annual Funding Programme award may apply to this programme for projects of an exceptional nature and which were not anticipated at the time of the 2016/17 application.

How to apply?

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

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 and also on page 29 of this sample application document (available for download on our website).

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.

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

 

Lottery Project Funding Guidance Notes 2016
LPF Introduction Notes & Commitment Statements
Lottery Project Funding Sample Application
Instructions for uploading documents
Lottery Project Funding Indicators
Safeguarding Check List 2016-17
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Music Touring

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Conscious that the excellent work being done in the music sector, by its existing clients and others, is not always fairly distributed geographically, and furthermore that this is disproportionately the case with certain kinds of music, the Arts Council is committed to supporting a more ambitious, dynamic and cohesive approach to under-represented genres such as jazz, world music, chamber music and contemporary music. 

The Council wishes to develop year-round programming across Northern Ireland for the benefit of local artists and audiences alike to reflect the diversity of Northern Ireland’s society and culture and contribute the growth of the music sector

In offering this programme, the Arts Council aims to do the following:


• Promote quality jazz, world, chamber and contemporary music which tours to a minimum of 3 venues outside the company’s administrative base.
• Advance collaborative audience development projects with Audiences NI and venues in Northern Ireland.
• Develop audiences for music in Northern Ireland.
• Strengthen relationships between those involved in artistic, audience and programme development on both the supply (artists, producers) and demand (promoters, audiences) sides of touring.
• Engage in active advocacy for specialist providers and promoters with local authorities and venues to ensure a fully rounded, high-quality programme of musical performance across NI.

 

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

Who can apply?

• Organisations with expertise in under-represented genres such as jazz, world music, chamber music and contemporary music
• Registered charities and other organisations which cannot distribute profits may apply for funds
• Local Authorities
• 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 for projects which are outside their statutory remit
• Groups of organisations (consortia) working together to deliver specific projects
• Organisations currently in receipt of any other Arts Council revenue or Lottery grant must demonstrate that the costs are additional to any programme already funded

How to apply?

Organisations who meet the application criteria can apply by downloading and completing a copy of the application form. 

Hard Copy Application Forms

 

Guidance Notes NI Music Touring Programme 2016
Application Form NI Music Touring Programme 2016
Memorandum of Understanding NI Music Touring 2016
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Intercultural Arts Grants Programme

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Improving relationships between and within communities and building a shared and better future for everyone, is a vital element of the Arts Council’s vision, which is to place the arts at the heart of life in Northern Ireland. That vision applies to everyone. It is absolutely inclusive and means ensuring that everyone living here - regardless of social, economic, community or ethnic background - has the opportunity to access and engage fully with the arts, and enjoy the many benefits of doing so.

As part of its Intercultural Arts Strategy, this 3-year Intercultural Arts Grants programme, launched in May 2012, aims to provide opportunities for minority ethnic communities across Northern Ireland to access the arts; and use artistic activities as a creative vehicle in which to explore and highlight social issues that impede access and participation in the arts.

Projects for this programme will be targeted, locally tailored and informed by the social issues identified within the strategy.  Projects will demonstrate clear linkage with the key strategic themes of the programme identified below.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at;

1) Constituted community and voluntary groups working at a local level across local ethnically diverse communities with minority ethnic communities;

2) Arts organisations with a proven track record of working in the area of Intercultural Arts and for this project, with a confirmed prospective partnership in place with community/ voluntary group (s) to engage in Intercultural Arts Practice.

How to apply?

Please refer to the programme guidance notes before submitting an application

Grants from £10,000 to £20,000 are available.  You can apply for up to 75% of the eligible costs of the project. Projects can be up to 2 year duration.  If you are seeking funding for less than £10,000, please refer to the Arts Council’s Small Grants Programme.  

The ICAP Grants Programme requires match funding from other sources – either your own money or money raised from another funder. The minimum partnership funding you need to demonstrate from non-Lottery, non-Arts Council sources is 25%, at least half of which, (i.e. 50%+ of the partnership element), must be in cash.    However, the assessment process takes into account the other funds you are able to bring to the project.

 

Guidance Notes December 2015
Application Form December 2015
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Annual Funding Programme

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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.

Organisations receiving support must demonstrate that they require a year-round resource and should apply for their complete programme for the year.

In addition, there is an optional sustainability element running in parallel with the Annual Funding Programme. This is designed to help organisations take appropriate action to ensure their future sustainability through the implementation of permanent, significant change measures helping it transform the delivery of its services. 

All applications should fit within the objectives stated in the Council’s five year plan and within its artform policies.   

Who can apply?

• Non-profit distributing organisations which can demonstrate they require a year-round resource to deliver the programme

• Commercial organisations can only apply for support if the proposed programme is primarily for the benefit of the public and where there are plans to re-invest any surplus into a similar programme.

• ALL organisations must have received at least £10,000 in one of the last three financial years from the Arts Council (2015/16, 2014/15 or 2013/14).

How to apply?

Having taken into account client feedback during 2015/16, the Council has decided to divide this year’s programme into 3 distinct elements as listed below.  It is anticipated that clients will receive funding from both Exchequer and Lottery sources.

(i) Core costs   These costs will be met from Exchequer funds
(ii) Programming costs  These costs will be met from Lottery funds

If awarded there can be no movement between the core and programming elements.

(iii) Sustainability   This is Lottery-funded and if you intend to apply

you MUST first discuss your proposal for transformation with your officer to assess its suitability under this particular element. Whilst not an exhaustive list, measures could include:

• Developing new business models;
• Establishing artform hubs;
• Exploring alternative sources of finance
• Mergers/partnerships
• Artform collaborations
 

Annual Funding Programme 2016-17 Guidance Notes
Instructions for Uploading documents to GFD
Sample Application Form Part One - Core
Sample Application Form Part Two - Programming
Sample Application Form Part 3 - Sustainability
Safeguarding Checklist
AFP Commitment Statement
Criteria 1 and 2: Drama and Dance
Criteria 1 and 2: Literature
Criteria 1 and 2: Music and Opera
Criteria 1 and 2: Studio Groups and Residential
Criteria 1 and 2: Traditional Arts
Criteria 1 and 2: Venues and Festivals
Criteria 1 and 2: Visual, Craft and Architecture
Criteria 1 and 2: Participatory Arts
Criteria 3: Governance, All Artforms
Sustainability Descriptors

Applicants 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 can return each part of the application separately but you MUST submit ALL documents associated with any part of the application at the same time. 

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.

NOTE: File names of attachments uploaded to online application MUST only contain letters and numbers, not other characters (such as @ # ‘; , etc.)

Please ensure you consult the programme guidance notes and sample application forms before completing the online application as there are a number of changes to the application process 

You may submit applications using the links below

To start a new AFP Core Application click here

To edit an application already started and saved click here

 

To start a new AFP Programming Application click here

To edit an application already started and saved click here

 

To start a new AFP Sustainability Application click here

To edit an application already started and saved click here

 

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Travel Awards

This scheme is open. Deadline for applications: Ongoing

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.  

 

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?

Applications for this scheme can be made using our online form or by downloading a hard copy. 

Applications for funding are accepted on a rolling basis. You must apply at least four weeks before your anticipated date of departure.

NOTE: File names of attachments uploaded to online application MUST only contain letters and numbers, not other characters (such as @ # ‘; , etc.). 

There is a limit of 25Mb for attachments for an online application.

 

 

Guidance Notes
Application Form
Signature Sheet
SIAP Post Project Evaluation Report

Deadline for Applications

This is a rolling programme.

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Touring and Dissemination of Work

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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon are working together to encourage arts organisations and individuals to extend tours across the border.

Who can apply?

Applications are invited for proposals seeking funding in support of initiatives that are of high artistic quality and that generally have a strong audience focus. This scheme is designed to support the touring and dissemination of work in certain arts disciplines for tours starting between July 2016 and December 2016 and is open to applicants who are resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. 

The Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme is open to applications from organisations and individuals. Applications which demonstrate collaboration / partnership between networks, consortia or other collective groupings of presenters are encouraged, particularly where these indicate a high degree of engagement with audiences and collaboration with the producing entity or artists.

How to apply?

Please note that applications can only be made through the Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon website. If you are an individual based in Northern Ireland you will need to contact the Arts Council in Dublin to register: email regina.oshea@artscouncil.ie or  telephone 00 353 1 6180260.

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British School at Rome Fellowship

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This residency offers visual artists the opportunity to work in Rome for a period of 6 months between 4th January and 30th June 2016 on a project of their choosing.  Rather than experimenting on new techniques, scholars are encouraged to use their time to work on developing ideas for a new body of work or exploring themes that will advance their practice. The Fellow is encouraged to be self-reliant and adaptable.  

Who can apply?

Visual artists who

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

Employees of statutory bodies, undergraduates and postgraduates 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/or are not related to their academic study. Employees of statutory bodies, undergraduates and postgraduates must submit evidence of this in the form of a letter on headed paper from their Head of Department (see Section 5.4 on the application form).  In the case of post-graduate students, the letter must clearly state the title of the student’s PhD thesis and include a declaration by the Head of Department that “The project for which funds are being sought does not form part of any academic work undertaken in relation to the above-titled PhD nor will it be assessed as part of any academic course”.  Please note that the Arts Council may use its own judgement in determining this matter.  Applicants undertaking a Masters or a PhD must also include a separate statement which provides information on how the project applied for differs from their Masters or PhD work.  This is listed as a mandatory enclosure in Section 5 of the application form.

Who cannot apply?

• Applicants who have held a British School in Rome Fellowship in the last ten years.
• Students currently in full-time or part-time educational courses.  Established artists currently undertaking recognised academic courses may be considered only in exceptional circumstances.
• Applicants who have broken the conditions of previous grant awards within the previous 4 years (taken from the date of the letter of offer).

 

British School at Rome Fellowship Application Form
British School at Rome Fellowship Guidance Notes
British School at Rome Signature Sheet
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Womex Bursaries 2015

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WOMEX World Music Expo will take place in Budapest, Hungary from Wednesday, 21 to Sunday, 25 October 2015.   

A number of delegate bursaries are available to musicians, managers and agents working in Northern Ireland to attend WOMEX 15 in Budapest, Hungary, as part of this year's Irish delegation. The bursary is 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.   

Who can apply?

Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Generator NI are working together to offer a maximum of 9 bursary awards for WOMEX 15.  The award [£400 per delegate] is towards the costs of return flights, registration and a contribution towards accommodation and subsistence.  Only one delegate bursary will be awarded per group.  Applicants from Northern Ireland should apply to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's WOMEX -Bursary programme.  

 

How to apply?

Please consult the guidance document before submitting an application

 

Womex Bursary Application Form
Womex Guidance Document
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International Programme for Organisations

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All applications in this funding round must be for projects that will take place between  1st November 2015 and 31st October 2016. There is two funding streams included within this programme:

  • Artists' International Development Fund (Organisations)
  • Professional Arts Abroad
Please consult the programme guidance notes before completing and submitting an application

 

 

Who can apply?

Professional Arts Abroad
• Professional arts organisations based in Northern Ireland, which can show both a credible track record of contributing to artistic activities here and a commitment to a continued artistic programme in Northern Ireland in the future.


Artists International Development Fund (organisations)
The programme is open to organisations in any artform

• who have received recognition for their work in Northern Ireland;
• who do not have extensive international experience;
• whose work will benefit from launching better international networks - either artistically; or in terms of developing an audience for their work; and
• who can demonstrate an interest in their work from an overseas partner/host


WHO CANNOT APPLY?
• Applicants who have already received an award, within the previous 12 months, under the scheme to which they are applying.  This 12 month period runs from the date of the previous award letter.
• Applicants who have broken the conditions of previous grant awards within the previous 4 years (taken from the date of the letter of offer).
 

International Programme Guidance Notes
International Programme Application Form
International Programme Signature Sheet
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Support for the Individual Artist Programme

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All applications in this funding round must be for projects that will be completed between 1st November 2015 and 31st October 2016.  There are five separate funding streams included within the SIAP programme including :

 

 

Applicants may apply to more than one scheme.

 

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.

Employees of statutory bodies, undergraduates and postgraduates 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/or are not related to their academic study. Employees of statutory bodies, undergraduates and postgraduates must submit evidence of this in the form of a letter on headed paper from their Head of Department (see Section 5.4 on the application form).  In the case of post-graduate students, the letter must clearly state the title of the student’s PhD thesis and include a declaration by the Head of Department that “The project for which funds are being sought does not form part of any academic work undertaken in relation to the above-titled PhD nor will it be assessed as part of any academic course”.  Please note that the Arts Council may use its own judgement in determining this matter.  Applicants undertaking a Masters or a PhD must also include a separate statement which provides information on how the project applied for differs from their Masters or PhD work.  This is listed as a mandatory enclosure in Section 5 of the application form.

Artists may apply to more than one programme but the projects within each application must be significantly distinct.

WHO CANNOT APPLY?

• Applicants who have already received an award, within the previous 12 months, under the scheme to which they are applying.  This 12 month period runs from the date of the previous award letter.
• 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?

All schemes operate on a deadline basis except Travel Awards.  The Arts Council will not fund any project which is due to start before it makes its decision (see decision dates).

Please consult the programme guidance notes before submitting an application

SIAP Guidance Notes
SIAP Application Form
SIAP Signature Sheet
SIAP Post Project Evaluation Report
Funding for Individuals
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SIAP Anne O’Donoghue and Mike Moloney Awards

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Mike Moloney Award:

In 1985, Mike Moloney and Donal McKendry founded the Belfast Community Circus School as a tool for personal development and creative expression for young people. Sadly, Mike Moloney passed away in 2013, but he left a legacy forged by an unfaltering belief in the value of the arts in impacting positively in the lives of young people.

Reflecting Mike’s passion for circus and street theatre and his work with young people, the Arts Council is launching an annual Mike Moloney Award of up to £5,000 to support the development of young people working in the field of Circus Arts and Street Theatre.

Anne O'Donoghue Award:

Anne O’Donoghue became Director of Play Resource Warehouse (PRW) in 1984. Over the next thirty years she would lead in the transformation of the organisation, building an essential material and training resource for all those involved in the arts in particular recycling waste materials from factories, shops, offices and warehouses for creative activities and educational projects in communities across Northern Ireland.

Sadly, Anne passed away in September 2014. As a long-time champion of Community Arts practice in Northern Ireland, Anne’s legacy is significant. In particular, her high standards of practice for the design and delivery of services and her support for the continued professional development of her team at PRW, community leaders, teachers and artists.

The Anne O’ Donoghue Award aims to support formal or informal courses, mentoring, coaching, supervision, research and/or cultural exchanges with other arts and cultural managers on a national or international level. The award also aims to build the professional capacity (business/managerial skills) of those working in the community arts sector through supporting continuous professional development.

The Award is up to the value of £5,000.

 

Who can apply?

Mike Moloney Award:

o Young people between the ages of 16-25 who wish to enhance the quality of their performances of Circus/ Street Theatre.

o The award is targeted at young people at the beginning of their artistic career and/or those who already have some accomplishment under their belts.

Anne O'Donoghue Award:

Arts Mangers/Administrators currently in employment in a Northern Ireland-based Community Arts organisation and with at least four years’ experience working in the Community Arts sector. 

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Open Submission Scheme 2015

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The Open Submission Scheme is now open. It offers visual artists the opportunity to submit an image of one work for consideration for purchase for the Arts Council Collection.  

Who can apply?

Priority is given to artists whose work is both challenging and innovative.  We are looking for the work of emerging as well as established artists.  Works in a range of 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.

Previously works were brought in for consideration but to try to make things easier for artists and to remove the associated transport costs for applicants we are now offering a digital version of the scheme.  You can submit the application and image online.  If your work is in DVD format as a fine art film piece, or there are other issues, then you can submit a disk or pen drive with a hard copy form.  Details of formats for images and other documents are listed in the guidance notes.

 

How to apply?

Applications may be submitted in hard copy or online at the link below.

Please consult the guidance notes before completing the application

 

Open Submission Application Form
Open Submission Guidance Notes

The submission process will consist of an initial application stage where artists can submit an application form and details of their work, including an image or a digital video clip sample of the work to be considered. No original artworks should be submitted at the application stage. An application can be made online or by submitting a hard copy application form. Only one artwork from each artist will be considered for acquisition, and artists should only submit details of one artwork. The Acquisition Panel will select works for follow up that meet the acquisition criteria based upon the information submitted.

However, please note that no commitment to purchase will be made without the original artwork having been viewed in person by a member of the Acquisition Panel. 

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SIAP Intercultural Programme

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Applications for the following funding opportunities are now available:

1. Minority Ethnic Individual Artist Award

2. Artist in the Community Award

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.

Applicants can apply to more than one scheme during the year. However, in the case of limited availability of funds, the Arts Council reserves the right to prioritise applicants who have not previously received funding and applications which best meet the criteria.

 

Please consult the programme guidance notes before completing and submitting an application

 

SIAP Intercultural Programme Guidance Notes
SIAP Intercultural Programme Application Form
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Visual Arts Development Programme

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The Arts Council has designed this programme to strengthen the visual arts sector by creating opportunities for organisations to develop their capacity and build audiences. 
This programme has its own criteria but all applications should also fit with one or more of the priorities of the programme, as well as with the objectives stated in the Council’s five year plan and within its artform policies.    

Who can apply?

Organisations in the visual arts sector who are in receipt of an Annual Funding Programme grant for  2014/15

Organisations in the visual arts sector who have been awarded at least £10,000 in grant aid from the Arts Council through other programmes since 1st April 2012.  

Application forms will only be made available to organisations after discussions with the Arts Council regarding the eligibility of the proposals.

Note: Receipt of an application form is not a guarantee of funding.

 

How to apply?

Please consult the programme guidance notes and contact a member of the Visual Arts team before making an application. 

Guidance Notes

WHAT YOU CAN APPLY FOR

Costs associated with projects that will be completed by 31st March 2015.   The Council will not consider any projects which run beyond this date.   Eligible costs would include:-

• Audience Development programmes
• Marketing strategies
• Strategic Research and Development
• Touring
• Exhibition Programme costs
• Artists’ Fees

• Overheads which are not covered by the Arts Council or any other funder

This list is not exhaustive and other projects may be considered if they represent a step change in how the organisation wishes to develop.

All applicants must demonstrate that ALL costs applied for are additional to any funding already awarded either by the Arts Council or any other funder.

WHAT YOU CANNOT APPLY FOR

• Capital costs, including refurbishment and equipment. 

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Creative Apprenticeships and Internships Programme

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The Creative Apprenticeship Programme in Northern Ireland wishes to support 100 new Apprenticeships and paid internships over a 3-year period across the arts and cultural sector, with a primary focus on the Arts Council’s remit: music, dance, drama, literature, visual arts, craft, festivals, arts venues, community arts, galleries, circus and carnival arts. 

Who can apply?

The Arts Council is looking for a provider/s to deliver the Creative Apprenticeship Programme.

The grant for the provision of the Creative Apprenticeship Programme will run from September 2014 to March 2017. The Arts Council has allocated up to £450k to the programme, of which at least £300k will be allocated to subsidise the wages of up to 100 apprenticeships or paid internships.  The level of funding can be reviewed in light of the level of demand and operational experience. The Arts Council will continue to drive the strategic development of the programme in partnership with the provider, throughout this period and beyond.
 

Please consult the programme guidance notes before making an application

 

Programme Guidance Notes
Creative Apprenticeships Application Form

Funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for this programme is £450K for April 2014 to March 2017.  The funding should be used to contribute towards the cost of wage subsidies for apprenticeships and paid internships, training and support for employers and young people, developing peer networks and delivering qualifications.  It is expected that at least £300k will be spent directly on wage subsidies. 

It is expected that the cost of training subsidies will be met by the Department of Employment and Learning.

The provider will be required to sign a funding agreement with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.   Activity will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.

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Musical Instruments for Bands

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Our Musical Instruments for Bands funding programme is designed to increase the quality of music-making in the community by helping bands replace worn-out instruments and purchase new instruments.

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

How to apply?

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

Hard Copy Application Forms

Please remember to refer to these documents before completing an online application.

Application Form
Guidance Notes
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Public Art Programme

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The Public Art Programme is designed to support the commissioning of new art for public places throughout Northern Ireland.

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

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.

  • Local authorities, registered charities and other organisations which cannot distribute profits may apply for funds.
  • 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.
  • Organisations currently in receipt of any other Arts Council Exchequer or Lottery grants which can demonstrate that the project is additional to any programme already funded.
  • Groups of organisations (consortia) working together to deliver specific projects.

 

How to apply?

Please refer to the programme guidance notes before submitting an application
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