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Arts Council of Northern Ireland: Stability and Renewal Programme

Arts Council of Northern Ireland: Stability and Renewal Programme

Deadline: 27-Nov-20

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced the Stability and Renewal Programme for Organisations.

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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.


Stabilising organisations financially to prevent closure and/or to allow continued delivery of outcomes and underpin longer-term changes;
Support the development of Renewal Plans where appropriate.
Funding Information

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It is unlikely that an individual award will exceed £500,000.
In exceptional circumstances, the Arts Council will consider requests for a larger award. In this case, you must contact the Arts Council prior to submitting an application.

Organisations are encouraged to consider how they can contribute to the following key outcomes:

Maintaining a balanced and sustainable sector for the longer term;
Tackling poverty and social exclusion;
Improving mental health and reducing isolation;
Responding to the needs of people with disabilities;
Ensuring diversity of opportunity across Section 75 categories;
Preserving jobs and underpinning job creation;
Supporting new skills development for those in most need;
Supporting and generating new apprenticeship opportunities;
Supporting individual artist residencies or projects;
Commissioning of new work for future presentation, including to new audiences;
Creating new partnerships with other organisations and individuals to devise new work/programmes of activity;
Digitising and adapting to changing audience, visitor and customer demands;
Increasing audiences, particularly those from the most deprived backgrounds and;
Minimising negative environmental impacts and promoting positive ones.
Eligibility Criteria

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Constituted organisations/companies whose primary purpose relates to the categories 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:
Music and Opera;
Traditional Arts;
Visual Arts;
Performing arts and theatre;
Festivals and cultural events;
Participatory Arts;
Cross Artform;
Community Arts;
Creative Industries in the following segments:
Independent Cinema;
Product Design, Fashion Design, and Graphic Design;
TV, Video, Photography, Film, and Radio;

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 their online system. They will not accept applications in hard copy or by email.

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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. They cannot accept additional material by any other method or after the deadline.
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 they receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing time and date.
For more information, visit http://artscouncil-ni.org/funding/scheme/stability-and-renewal-programme-for-organisations

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