Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

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Travel Awards

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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. 
Travel Awards Guidance Notes
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Small Grants Programme

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Our Small Grants Programme is now closed to new applications pending review, due to current circumstances relating to Covid-19.
If you think that you may have a small-scale, deliverable project please contact us via the relevant officer to discuss it.
The maximum award available is £10,000

A sample application form and set of guidance notes for the Small Grants Programme is available below.  All applicants should read and familiarize themselves with the guidance notes before starting an online application. 

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 and within its artform policies. 

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. 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
  • Organisations currently in receipt of an Arts Council Annual funding Programme award may apply for:
  • equipment
  • projects of an exceptional nature which were not anticipated at the time of their AFP application
  • formally constituted parent-teacher associations
     

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.   These enclosures are listed within the online application and also in the 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.

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.
 

Sample Application Form
Guidance Notes and FAQs
Sample Equal Opportunities Policy
End of Project Report Form
Event confirmation template
Equality of Opportunity and Good Relations Form
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The Rosemary James Memorial Trust Award

This scheme is open. Deadline for applications: Friday 24th April 2020 at 4pm
The published closing and decision dates are being kept under review, due to current circumstances relating to COVID-19.

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?

Please consult the programme guidance notes before making a hard copy application.
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).

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for applications is Friday 24th April 2020 at 4pm
Decisions will be made by Tuesday 30th June 2020

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Collection Acquisitions Open Submission Scheme

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This scheme gives artists an opportunity to submit details of an artwork for consideration to be purchased for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Art Collection.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland recognises the importance of purchasing contemporary work as a vital support mechanism for artists.

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; and,
  • stimulate the art market in Northern Ireland.

 

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 initial online application stage where artists can submit an application form and details of their work, including images 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 only be made via the online application system only. No applications will be accepted by post or by email. In addition to completing the online application form, applicants will be required to upload and attach a History of Artistic Practice document, an Artist Statement document, and images or a video clip of the artwork, prior to submission of the online application.

Once shortlisting has taken place, shortlisted artists will be asked to bring their work to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in Lisburn within 2 weeks, so that the acquisitions panel can see the original artwork, and confirm that it is in good condition and appropriate for purchase for the collection.  Successful artists will then be informed and can leave the works with us.   Any unsuccessful artists at that point would have to collect their work.

Guidance notes
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Pilot Premium Payments Programme

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This is a rolling programme so can be applied any time from Monday 6 January 2020 to Friday 13 March 2020

The Arts Council wants to ensure a wider and more diverse group of people have access to a high quality arts experience.

This pilot programme seeks to facilitate the engagement and inclusion of all Section 75 groups in funded arts activity. This includes: between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age, marital status or sexual orientation; between men and women generally; between persons with a disability and persons without; and between persons with dependants and persons without.

Aim:

  • To improve access to the arts for all Section 75 groups.

 

Objectives:

  • To increase engagement in the arts by each of the nine Section 75 categories
  • Support arts organisations diversify audiences / participants
  • Respond to project level need in a timely and systematic way, enabling engagement with existing or planned arts activity
  • Target small to medium sized arts organisations without dedicated capacity or resources to facilitate the engagement of Section 75 categories

 

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?

The Premium Payment scheme provides funding of up to £5,000 to organisations in receipt of exchequer or lottery funding and regardless of the programme support was provided under.

Organisations are eligible for funding if their total income is less than £500,000 per annum.

Eligible organisations are encouraged to apply for funding to support the engagement of one or more Section 75 groups.

Organisations must ensure that they are able to complete the project(s) by 31 March 2020.

You will be required to provide proof with your expression of interest that you have a legal constitution.

Who Cannot Submit an Expression of Interest

• Individuals or Sole traders
• Commercial trading companies
• Companies that exist to distribute a profit
• Statutory authorities or organisations governed by statutory authorities i.e. ELB schools.

How to apply?

You can only apply to this programme by submitting an Expression of Interest.  A template is available to download below.

Expressions of interest (and supporting documentation) and be submitted by email to amckittrick@artscouncil-ni.org or by post for the attention of Andrea McKittrick, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Linen Hill House, 23 Linenhall Street, Lisburn, BT28 1FJ.

All expressions of interest can be submitted to the Arts Council from Monday 6th January 2020 up to Friday 13th March 2020.

As well as the Expression of Interest, available to download below, you are also required to submit the following essential documents:

• Your organisation’s Constitution and/or Memorandum and Articles of Association (if not previously stored in the Government Funding Database)

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

• Equality & Monitoring Information – a template for your completion is available below

Eligible Expressions of Interest will be considered by an arts development officer or head of. You will be notified of a decision within 2 weeks of submitting an eligible Expression of Interest.

If submitting your expression of interest by email, please clearly identify in the subject line, the programme to which the expression of interest relates.

If you decide to submit your expression of interest by post, please ensure that it is with by 4.00pm on Friday 13 March 2020.  Proof of postage is not admissible.

Guidance Notes
Expression of Interest form
Equality and Monitoring form
Equality of Opportunity & Good Relation Commitment
Safeguarding Policy Statement
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International Showcase Fund

This scheme is open. Deadline for applications: Ongoing

Grants of up to £5000 for artists, bands and managers who have been invited to play an international showcasing festival or conference, to contribute to travel, visas, accommodation and expenses.  Delivered by the PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland.

These awards enable individual artists, bands and managers 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?

Artists, bands, songwriters, producers and managers who have been invited to perform/attend at industry facing showcase festivals such as:

  • SXSW
  • WOMEX
  • Folk Alliance International
  • Classical: Next
  • Jazz Ahead

How to apply?

To apply, please visit prsfoundation.com/funding-support/funding-music-creators/international/international-showcase-fund

The International Showcase Fund has rolling deadlines due to varying event organiser schedules.

We recommend you apply for funding soon after being invited to showcase. Applications must be received 10-12 weeks before the intended date of travel.

Deadline for Applications

This is a rolling programme.

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Support for the Individual Artist Programme

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All applications to the programmes below must be for projects that will take place between 1st November 2019 and 31st October 2020.

  • General Arts Awards
  • Artists' Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES)
  • Major Individual Awards (MIA)
  • Artists' International Development Fund (Individuals)
  • Self-arranged residencies
  • Mike Moloney Award
  • Anne O'Donoghue Award

 
Artists may apply to more than one scheme but you will only be awarded one grant in any funding round.  If you choose to apply to more than one scheme:

  • You must complete a separate application form for each scheme.
  • The projects within each application must be significantly distinct.

 

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.

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.

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 any previous award within the previous 4 years (taken from the date of the letter of offer).

How to apply?

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

SIAP Guidance Notes
Sample Application
SIAP Evaluation Report
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Lottery Project Funding 2019-20

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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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