Arts Council of Northern Ireland

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for The Arts in Northern Ireland

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Lottery Project Funding 2017-18

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NB: The application deadline for Lottery Project Funding has been extended until Tuesday 2nd May at 1pm, due to online technical difficulties over the Easter period

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. 

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 2017/18 Arts Council Annual Funding Programme award may apply to this programme for projects;
of an exceptional nature (an event/programme/artist of outstanding artistic quality). 

AND

which were not anticipated at the time of the 2017/18 application -  where it can be clearly demonstrated that the proposal arose after AFP decision and that is not intended to simply supplement activity covered within the AFP application.

NOTE: 

If an AFP client chooses to make an application, this aspect will be dealt with at eligibility stage and the application will only progress to assessment where it is agreed that the proposal meets both of the points above.
 

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 1.00 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.

NOTE:  Applications submitted in hardcopy, by fax, disk or e-mail will not be accepted. You may only apply online.
 

Please consult the programme Introduction Notes and Guidance Notes before completing and submitting an application to this programme. 

 

LPF Guidance Notes
LPF Sample Application Form
Intro Notes & Committment Statements
Instructions for uploading documents
Lottery Project Funding Indicators
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