Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

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Small Grants Programme

This scheme is open. Deadline for applications: Ongoing

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:
  • new commissions
  • 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
Safeguarding Checklist

Deadline for Applications

This is a rolling programme.

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Touring and Dissemination of Work

This scheme is open. Deadline for applications: Thursday 15th December 2016 at 5pm

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 2017 and December 2017, and is open to applicants who are resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Tours may travel to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

 

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.

Guidance Notes

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.

Applicants in receipt of other Arts Council funding are eligible to apply, provided it is clear that the touring or dissemination activity for which funding is sought is additional to those activities for which Arts Council funding has already been offered.

Tours must begin between July 2017 and December 2017.

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for applications is Thursday 15th December 2016 at 5pm

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Annual Funding Programme

This scheme is open. Deadline for applications: Thursday 15th December 2016 at 4pm

The arts sector is, once again, facing a financially challenging year so please read these notes carefully before filling in the application form.  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.

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 Council’s Annual Funding Programme has been  independently reviewed by the Strategic Investment Board to ensure strategic alignment with the draft Programme for Government (PfG)2016-2021 and the Minister’s emerging Strategy for Culture and Arts (2016-26).

The report verified that AFP funded organizations and partners can help the Arts Council to deliver effectively against the PfG.

The Arts Council will monitor and report to the Department for Communities on the outcomes from the AFP to ensure strategic alignment with indicator 27, Improve Cultural Participation, and its outcomes which are:

• An innovative creative society where people can fulfil their potential;
• A shared society that respects diversity;
• A confident, welcoming outward looking society,
• A place where people want to live and work, to visit and invest
• Where we give our children and young people the best start in life.

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
• List of office bearers
• 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 five year plan and within its artform policies. Both the five year plan Ambitions for the Arts and the artform policies are available on the website www.artscouncil-ni.org and you should read these before completing the application form. 

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

How to apply?

The programme is divided into 2 distinct elements – core and programming.  All applicants must complete both elements of the application and 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.

Links to online applications below:

Annual Funding Programme - Core Costs Online Application Form

Apply Online Here         

To edit an application form that you have already started, click here      

Annual Funding Programme - Programme Costs Online Application Form

Apply Online Here        

To edit an application form that you have already started, click here

 

The Guidance Notes for the scheme, sample application forms, artform criteria documents  and guidance on the Government Funding Database are available from the links below.  

 

Guidance Notes - All Clients
Introduction notes and Commitment Statements
Instructions on uploading documents to GFD
Sample Application Form Core Costs - Returning
Sample Application Form Core Costs - New Clients
Sample Application Form Programming Costs - All
All Artforms Criterion 3
Drama & Dance Criteria 1 & 2
Literature Criteria 1 & 2
Music & Opera Criteria 1 & 2
Participatory Arts Criteria 1 & 2
Studio Groups & Residential Facilities Crit 1 & 2
Traditional Arts Criteria 1 & 2
Venues & Festivals Criteria 1 & 2
Visual Arts, Craft & Architecture Criteria 1 & 2

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 can return both parts of the application separately but you MUST submit ALL documents associated with each 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.

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.

 

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for applications is Thursday 15th December 2016 at 4pm
Decisions will be made by Friday 31st March 2017

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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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Musical Instruments for Bands

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This programme is designed to increase the quality of music-making in the community by helping bands to replace worn-out instruments and purchase new instruments. 

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

Who can apply?

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

Any other type of formally constituted organisation wishing to purchase musical instruments should apply to the Small Grants programme for up to £10,000.

Who cannot apply?

Bands who received a Musical Instruments for Band Scheme award between January  2009 and February 2016.

How to apply?

Applications must be submitted online. No hard copy applications will be accepted.


 

Sample Application Form (For reference only)
Guidance Notes
Introduction Notes and Commitment Statements
Safeguarding Checklist
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Travel Awards

This scheme is open. Deadline for applications: Ongoing

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. 

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
Sample Application Form
Post Project Evaluation Form

Deadline for Applications

This is a rolling programme.

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Young Musician’s Platform Award

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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.

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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 2016 and 31st October 2017. 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).
 

How to apply?

Applications for this programme must be submitted online. Hard-copy applications will not be accepted. 

International Programme Guidance Notes
International Programme Application Form
Access NI Registration and Safeguarding checklist
IPO Protection Policy & Committments
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Support for the Individual Artist Programme

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Organisation’s wishing to apply to the Artist International Development Fund must apply via the International Programme for Organisations Scheme available here http://artscouncil-ni.org/funding/scheme/international-programme-for-organisations

Applicants should refer to the programme guidance notes before making an application. Applications can be made under the following schemes   

Travel Awards Rolling Programme Applications must be received 4 weeks before the intended date of travel

All applications must be for travel which will be completed by 31 March 2017. 

Please click here for further information and to apply to the Travel Awards Programme.

 

All applications to the programmes below must be for projects that will take place between 1st November 2016 and 31st October 2017. Applications for these programmes must be submitted by 4pm on Thursday 25th August 2016.

  • General Arts Awards
  • Artists' Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES)
  • Major Individual Awards (MIA)
  • Artists' International Development Fund
  • 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

(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.

 

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. Please ensure you use the correct online application link. There is a separate online application link above for the New International Scheme

 

SIAP Guidance Notes 2016
SIAP Sample Application Form
SIAP Post Project Evaluation Report
Funding for Individuals
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New International Schemes 2016

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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is pleased to announce new residency opportunities in India, where it has been forging links with the British Council, Shruti Foundation, Sanskriti, the Jaipur Literature Festival and others. 

(1) Vedaaranya Artists’ Residency at Ramgarh Shekhawati Rajasthan:

We are now in a position to offer two one-month residencies in the historic town of Ramgarh Shekhawati in the princely state of Rajasthan, founded in 1791, which was one of the richest towns in 19th century India. More information on the details of the residency can be found at http://artscouncil-ni.org/news/india-artist-residencies.

(2)  The Sanskriti Foundation

The Arts Council is offering 2 x 6-week residencies at Sanskriti Kendra, the Sanskriti Foundation’s sylvan five-acre campus located on the outskirts of New Delhi. The residency opportunity runs from October 2016 to April 2017, residencies are not offered from May to August. This is a truly inspiring residency opportunity for artists in all disciplines, but especially visual arts and crafts, and writing. More information on the details of the residency can be found at http://artscouncil-ni.org/news/india-artist-residencies

WOMEX 2016

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is offering a maximum of 5 bursary awards for WOMEX 16. 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. The Arts Council will pay the registration fee directly (approx. €225 euro) with the balance of the £400 being paid to the artist to cover flights and contribution towards accommodation and subsistence. 

Who can apply?

Please consult the programme guidance notes before making an application

 

How to apply?

Applications must be completed online. Hard-copy applications will not be accepted. 

 

SIAP Guidance Notes 2016
Sample Application Form
SIAP Post Project Evaluation Report
Funding for Individuals
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The Rosemary James Memorial Trust Award

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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).

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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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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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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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