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Young People & Wellbeing Arts Programme 2016-2019

This scheme is open. Deadline for applications: Tuesday 10th July 2018 at 4pm

In 2011, the Arts Council embarked on the research, development and production of a strategy for Youth Arts in Northern Ireland for the period 2013 to 2017. A recommendation within the Youth Arts Strategy was the development of a programme aimed at our most disadvantaged and hard to reach young people, with a priority on a mental health awareness project targeting young people at risk.

The strategy recognises that engagement in the arts is a useful mechanism for enhancing personal attributes including self-esteem and motivation and participative community arts-based projects are particularly effective in promoting young people’s mental and emotional wellbeing.

The Young People & Wellbeing Arts Programme has been developed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and supported by the Public Health Agency (PHA).

Grants up to £10,000 are available. You can apply for up to 100% of the eligible costs of the project. Projects can be up to 1 year duration.

Who can apply?

Constituted community and voluntary groups working with young people that can demonstrate fit with the programme targets.

Applications will be considered for programmes targeting young people within the ages of 12- 18 years

Who cannot apply?

  • Individuals
  • Broadcasters (excluding community service broadcasters)
  • Central Government Departments
  • Organisations with statutory obligations to providing services for Young People

How to apply?

Please complete the Expression of Interest form and email them to, or post to:

Lorraine Calderwood
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
1 The Sidings
Antrim Road
BT28 3AJ

If you need assistance to complete the form, please contact Lorraine Calderwood, Arts Council of Northern Ireland on 028 9262 3555, email

Expression of Interest Form
Guidance Notes

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 10th July 2018 at 4pm
Decisions will be made by Friday 27th July 2018