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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