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Updated: 31 July 2020



Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme

Arts Council of Northern Ireland (31 July 2020) opened the Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme (IERP) in collaboration with Future Screens NI, designed to support those working in the Creative Economy including freelancers, musicians, actors, artists and craft workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

The IERP offers individuals the opportunity to apply for grants of £1,200, £3,000 or £5,000 each and builds on the initial, Artist Emergency Programme (AEP), a fund that was opened by the Arts Council on 27th April 2020 and was heavily oversubscribed.

Deadline for applications: Monday 17th August 2020 at 4pm.


Small Capital Grants Programme

The Department for Communities (DfC) has launched this years’ Small Capital Grants Programme.

The Programme, which has a total fund of £800,000, is aimed at assisting voluntary and community organisations purchase items of equipment to enhance and sustain the activities and services they provide to the community.

It provides grants of between £1,500 and £5,000 towards the purchase of items such as IT equipment, sporting equipment, catering equipment and material to support arts and cultural activities within the voluntary and community sector. Applications are invited from constituted organisations that have an annual income of no more than £100,000.

Further details on how to apply are available on the Co-operation Ireland website at

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Friday 14th August 2020.


Arts Council of Northern Ireland (23rd June 2020) opened its Support for the Individual Artist Programme and is accepting applications for General Art Awards.

Artists of all disciplines and in all types of working practice, who have made a contribution to artistic activities in Northern for a minimum of one year within the last five years, may apply.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the exceptional circumstances this has created, applications are welcomed from artists who are currently in receipt of Arts Council’s support through its existing Support for Individual Artists Programme. Applications can be made for project assistance up to a maximum award of £3,000. Applicants are asked to give careful consideration to the feasibility, timing and presentation of their project given current Covid-19 restrictions. Deadline for applications: Friday 24th July 2020 at 4pm


Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust open for applications
QEST supports excellence in craft. It will be accepting new applications for funding between 14 July and 24 August 2020. Talented and aspiring candidates can apply for up to £18,000 to further their education through traditional college courses, vocational training, apprenticeships or one-to-one training with master craftsmen. For further details and to apply please visit Deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 24 August.


Help Musicians open phase 2 of its hardship fund with a total of £2.55m, made up of £2m from the charity’s reserves, plus generous donations of £500k from music licensing company PPL and £50k from the Lightbody Foundation.







Coronavirus and Claiming Benefits

Department for Communities - claiming benefits:

Department for Economy Small Business Rate Relief Scheme

UK Government Self-employment Income Support Scheme

UK Government Business Support Scheme

NI Executive Small Business Support Grant Scheme

Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action
NICVA is curating information of use to charities and freelancers and includes some new funds set up specifically to help in this time.


Creative Europe Desk UK
Remains open (remotely) to advise UK applicants

Trusts and Foundations:

Charities Aid Foundation
CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund
Grants of up-to £10,000 to help smaller UK charitable organisations

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Closing to new applications on 3rd April, reopening new funding strategy in May.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Arts Access and Participation Fund - applications on a rolling basis

Clore Duffield Foundation
Main Grants Programme - applications on an ongoing basis, although grants can only be awarded at meetings of the Trustees in June and December.

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland
Small to large community grants

Other funding sources:

PRS Foundation in partnership with Jerwood Arts - Composers' Fund

Up-to £10,000 available to composers who are already making a significant cultural contribution in the UK.
Next deadline for applications will be 2 November 2020.

Heritage Fund
£50 million Heritage Emergency Fund

Help Musicians hardship fund

PRS Emergency Relief Fund

Bread and Butter Emergency Fund for NI Artists, set up by Abbie Spallen and Finn Kennedy - CLOSED

Tinderbox Solo Art - a solo art fund to help freelancers by Tinderbox Theatre Company

Actors' Children's Trust Fund

Equity Children's Fund

Evelyn Norris Trust

Safety Curtain

The Ralph & Meriel Richardson Foundation

The Royal Theatrical Fund

The Theatrical Fund

Women's Resilience Fund

The Ralph & Meriel Richardson Foundation

The Royal Theatrical Fund

The Theatrical Fund

Women's Resilience Fund

Disability Arts Online
Special £8k commissions pot for disabled artists in UK
Application deadline: Monday 6th April

British Council
Funding and other resources for the music industry


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