Freedom of Information
Our website is the main source of information about who we are and what we do.
By using the Search Tool, you will be able to access a wide range of information including publications, policies, and guidelines. Should you have an additional request for information which is not available on our website, please follow the procedures outlined below.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Subject Access Requests
If you want to ask us for information which we may hold about you personally, please contact us by:
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “FAO: Data Controller”
- Writing to the Data Controller, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 1 The Sidings, Antrim Road, Lisburn, BT28 3AJ
Under the Data Protection Act 2018 we have one month to provide the information you ask for. If you are unhappy with any aspect of the way in which we deal with your Subject Access Request you may complain to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland or to the Information Commissioner.
If you feel we have failed to disclose information without good reason you may apply to a Court for disclosure.
Freedom of Information Act 2000
In order to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 public sector organisations such as ours have to routinely publish information whenever possible.
The Information Commissioner, who is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, has drawn up what is called a Model Publication Scheme for all public sector organisations which we have decided to adopt and formally commit to. The Commissioner has also published a ‘Definition Document for Northern Ireland Non Departmental Public Bodies' which sets out in some detail what his minimum expectations are as far as we are concerned.
We have reviewed the information we routinely put into the public domain to ensure we are compliant with the Definition document. You will be able to see where we don’t hold relevant information or where for some reason we have decided not to routinely disclose information identified in the Definition document by referring to our Publication Scheme Guidance:
Most of the information we make routinely available can be accessed through our website by using the search facility. Such information is continually updated. If you cannot find information through the search engine and we have indicated in the definition document that the information is routinely available this may be because the information cannot be loaded onto our website.
In such circumstances please contact:
1 The Sidings
Accessing information which is not included in the Publication Scheme
As an open and transparent organisation we are committed to routinely publishing as much information as possible; however if you want information which is not on our website or otherwise available through our guide to information you may ask us for it in accordance with further provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and of the Environmental Information Regulations 2005.
Requests for such information should be sent to:
1 The Sidings
By law we have to deal with such requests within 20 working days. If you make a request and are not satisfied with the way in which we deal with it you may ask us to review any decision we make.
If you wish us to undertake such a review you should write to:
1 The Sidings
Any review will normally be under the control and direction of a senior member of staff who had no involvement in the original decision or process.
Making a complaint
If you remain dissatisfied at the conclusion of any review you may complain to the Information Commissioner whose address is
The Information Commissioner’s Office Northern Ireland
51 Adelaide Street
Telephone: 028 9026 9380
Fax: 028 9026 9388
The Arts Council maintains a list of requests made under Freedom of Information. An anonymised list of these queries for the last financial year is available by clicking here.
Fees and Charges
The Freedom of Information Act and the associated Fees Regulations stipulate that we cannot levy a fee for information unless there is a statutory basis for doing so or the amount of time taken to locate the information exceeds 18 hours. However we are allowed to charge for disbursements related to the provision of information and any reformatting requested by the applicant provided we ensure that applicants are aware of any charges which may be made.
No charges will be made for any information accessed via our website.
Fees charged for Freedom of Information requests are dependent on a number of factors including the volume of material requested. Responses to enquiries that cost the Arts Council of Northern Ireland less than £450 to process will be normally be provided free of charge. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has the right to refuse to respond to a request that is estimated to cost more than £450 to process. If the cost is greater than £450 and you agree to pay these costs the Arts Council of Northern Ireland will normally provide you with the information once the fee has been paid.
If you want any further information about the provision of information or have any difficulty accessing information provided on our website please contact the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.