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ACNI Small Grants Programme now open

Tuesday 2nd June 2020 at 3pm 0 Comments

Previous small grants recipient, Armagh Old Boys’ Silver Band Image: Previous small grants recipient, Armagh Old Boys’ Silver Band

The Arts Council’s Small Grants programme is now open for applications for projects commencing from 1st September 2020.

Professional arts organisations and community groups can now apply for grants between £500-£10,000 to support projects in any art form, including music, drama, dance, literature, visual, and participatory arts.

The programme, which helps support arts organisations and community groups deliver quality arts projects, has already supported hundreds of arts events, festivals and activities right across Northern Ireland, from grassroots community projects through to professional productions.

Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development at the Arts Council, commented:

“Our Small Grants programme uses National Lottery funds to bring the arts right into the heart of communities. We are looking for projects which will provide ways for new and existing audiences to connect with the arts and which reflect the diversity of Northern Ireland’s society and culture.

“We are delighted to continue to offer groups this support thanks to the National Lottery money raised for good causes and very much look forward to seeing what projects emerge as a result of the Small Grants programme over the coming months.”

Previous examples of funded projects include, the Renal Arts Group who received funding to encourage patients with chronic illness to explore the arts as an element of their rehabilitation. Last week the group began a series of script-writing workshops with playwright Shannon Yee in order to explore creative ways to reflect on their personal experiences.

Rathlin Development & Community Association also received funding earlier this year to rehearse, record and produce an album. The music will be a mixture of local Rathlin songs and tunes, some previously unrecorded pieces, as well as songs and arrangements from Northern Ireland, the Western Isles of Scotland and other international music, chosen to reflect the Island’s maritime cultural heritage.

For those wishing to find out more, please go to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland website. Applications should be submitted online, with all necessary enclosures uploaded with your application. The Arts Council will aim to make a decision within two months of receiving an application. Please note, applicants should apply for funding at least two months before the start of your event (projects which start within two months of the application date will not be accepted). Organisations can apply for funding for projects due to commence from 1st September onwards.

Guidance notes for this programme and details of how to apply can be found here: 


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