Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

028 9262 3555

Funding for Organisations
View All Programmes

Arts and Older People Grants Programme

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

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

The programme to date has made 136 awards to community groups, voluntary groups and arts organisations. Over £1.8 million has been invested in the Arts & Older People Programme.

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

Who cannot apply?

Organisations currently in receipt of a 2-year Arts & Older People grant
​- Individuals
​- Broadcasters (excluding community service broadcasters)
Central Government Departments
Organisations with statutory obligations to providing services for Older People


How to apply?

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

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

NOTE: Applications submitted by in hard copy, by fax, disk or e-mail cannot be accepted.


Please consult the programme guidance notes and programme criteria before making an application


Programme guidance notes
Sample application form