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ACNI announce £750,000 Health & Safety Capital Programme to support the sector to safely reopen

Wednesday 13th October 2021 at 3pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has today (13th October 2021) opened applications, on behalf of Department for Communities (DFC), to the Health and Safety Capital Programme. The programme, worth £750,000, aims to support organisations to reopen their creative spaces safely. Applications will close at 12noon on Friday 5th November 2021. To make an application visit

The programme will support the purchasing of equipment and/or minor works required to address any health and safety issues created as a result of the pandemic or that have been an outstanding maintenance issue. Examples of eligible costs include but are not limited to the following:

  • Reworking of an area to allow social distancing
  • New equipment / structures to enable delivery of projects outdoors
  • IT equipment to address the new working environment
  • Software
  • Accessibility equipment and minor works
  • Works in relation to upgrading and maintaining existing systems
  • Transport

The Arts Council welcomes applications from the widest possible range of organisations and in particular, from those whose projects benefit individuals categorised under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. Applicants do not have to be primarily an arts organisation, (for example, community groups may apply to the scheme), however the purpose of the requested equipment or minor works must be clearly focused on the arts.

Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said:

“The Arts Council welcomes this funding for the arts and culture sector. This vital funding announced today will enable venues and cultural spaces to reopen safely. Theatres as well as cultural and live performance venues, all play a vital economic and social role in Northern Ireland; it is here where many artists and creative practitioners develop their skills and their craft and most importantly, it’s where they collaborate, creating great art that inspires us, improves our wellbeing and supports our local economy. The Health and Safety Capital Programme funding will ensure that organisations have proper measures in place to welcome the return of their staff, artists and audiences.”

Online application are now open and will close at 12noon on Friday 5th November. For full guidance notes and to make an online application visit Decisions are expected in mid-January 2022.

Guidance Notes are available on request in large print format and disk, and also on the Arts Council’s website here:

If you have any queries about the programme or need any help or advice completing the application, please contact the Arts Council. A list of staff can be accessed at

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