Funding, Artists, Organisations

Arts Council opens £50,000 Creative Industries Seed Fund, supported by The National Lottery

10th October, 2022

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has opened a funding programme which aims to develop partnerships that will use the arts within new and emerging digital, immersive technologies to expand the possibilities of how the arts can be developed and distributed in new and innovate ways. Online applications are now open and will close at 12noon on Thursday 15th December 2022.

Two males and one female using virtual reality headset.

The Creative Industries Seed Fund, worth £50,000 from The National Lottery, offers applicants the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £25,000. All the information needed to make an application, including the online application and the Guidance Notes, are now available on the Arts Council’s website.

The Creative Industries Seed Fund aims to assist arts organisations, entrepreneurs, and creative businesses to undertake projects that contribute to the growth of the creative industries and unlock future income generation. Eligible applications must include partnerships between an arts organization or artist and a creative business or academic institution. Proposals must also use new and emerging technology to advance artistic practice to enhance the experience of arts audiences, create new digital artistic products, or allow for digital distribution of existing arts products or services.

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented,

“The opening of the Creative Industries Seed Fund is welcome news and we are delighted to offer this opportunity thanks to The National Lottery players. The programme will support projects that develop and distribute the arts in new and innovative ways using digital and immersive technologies. This programme reflects the Arts Council’s continuing commitment to encouraging innovative practices that cross artform boundaries and build digital capabilities within the Northern Ireland arts sector.”

The Creative Industries Seed Fund is now open for online applications and will close at 12noon on Thursday 15th December 2022 for grants up to a maximum of £25,000. To view the Guidance Notes and make an application visit