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New fund opens to help arts organisations renew and replace equipment

Tuesday 19th February 2019 at 3pm 0 Comments


The Arts of Council of Northern Ireland has opened a funding round that aims to help arts organisations renew their working environment.

The new programme, supported by £740,000 of exchequer funding from the Department for Communities, offers much needed support to arts organisations hoping to replace old and outdated IT equipment, replace lighting and sound systems, renew seating, or purchase backstage essential items such as sewing machines and costume rails.

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

“The Arts Council’s Equipment Programme can be used for anything from IT equipment and seating to jig-saws, drills and microphones - all of it benefitting artists, audiences and participants in the year ahead. We were delighted to receive this new funding package from the Department for Communities. It just couldn’t come at a better time for our arts organisations, many of whom have been struggling to buy the equipment needed to benefit the audiences they serve”.

Director of Culture with the Department for Communities Maeve Walls said:

“This funding of £740,000 will be welcomed across the arts sector and will provide necessary and valuable equipment to many organisations across Northern Ireland.  I would encourage those organisations with an interest in applying to do so by the deadline of February 26th.”

For further information and to apply online by Tuesday 26th February 2019 visit

Arts organisations in receipt of 2018/19 AFP or 2018/19 Lottery Project funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland are encouraged to apply.


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