Stability and Renewal Programme for Organisations

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All Funding for Organisations

Following the announcement of a £29m allocation from the NI Executive to support the arts, culture, heritage, languages and the wider creative industries sectors the Arts Council has this co-designed programme with the Department for Communities.

This additional funding will provide a much needed lifeline and significant boost to our cultural sector which has been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

The Minister has acknowledged the substantial contribution that these sectors make to our local economy, our quality of life, health and wellbeing, in the shaping of our standing as a place to live, work and visit, and they have a vital part to play in delivering social renewal for communities and people impacted by COVID-19.

All organisations applying can contact the Arts Council for further advice before applying. Existing Arts Council clients should make contact with their Arts Council Officer before applying. All applications will be judged on merit, regardless of any previous relationship with the Arts Council or the Department for Communities.

Please read these Guidance Notes and FAQs before completing and submitting your Application Form

Who can apply?

  • Constituted organisations/companies whose primary purpose relates to the categories below and which carry out the majority of their work in Northern Ireland.
  • Arts, cultural and community venues’ main use must be for one of the categories below, and may include arts, cultural and community centres, theatres, galleries, grassroots music venues, comedy venues.,
  • Arts, culture and community organisations whose primary role is to create, present or support one (or more) of these categories: Dance, Drama, Literature, Music and Opera, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts, Performing arts and theatre, Festivals and cultural events, Participatory Arts, Comedy, Cross Art form, Community Arts
  • Creative Industries in the following segments: Independent Cinema, Product Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Crafts, TV, Video, Photography, Film, and Radio.

Who Cannot Apply?

  • Individuals
  • Broadcasters (excluding community service broadcasters)
  • Central Government Departments
  • Applicants to National Lottery Heritage Recovery Fund
  • Local Councils (DFC will make separate funding arrangements with the 11 local councils)

How to apply?

You must apply using our online system. We will not accept applications in hard copy or by email.

  • Online applications may be edited, saved, and returned up to the closing date.
  • You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, ie. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. If you realise after submitting your online application that you have not included all the mandatory enclosures you must resubmit a new application with all the relevant mandatory enclosures included before the application deadline of 12noon on Friday 27 November 2020. We cannot accept additional material by any other method or after the deadline. These enclosures are listed on the Attachments page within the online application and are detailed below.
  • Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 12 noon precisely on the closing date, Friday 27 November 2020 If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, your application will not be accepted.
  • If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system. If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.

Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing time and date.