A new £1 million Fund has opened for applications from across the UK, aiming to facilitate local and national awareness of, and engagement with, the centenary of Northern Ireland.
Organisations from the public and not-for-profit sector can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £100,000 for projects to be delivered in 2021 or by the first quarter of 2022.
Examples of projects that could be funded include those that:
- Reflect on the history of the centenary through use of archive material, oral history and other historical sources.
- Encourage people to engage with history through innovative and creative means.
- Embrace diverse perspectives, reflecting on the complexity of Northern Irish history and identity.
- Facilitate engagement with untold stories relating to Northern Ireland’s history.
- Explore how the historical context has shaped today’s Northern Ireland. There is particular interest in project exploring the themes of:
- Locality - eg, history of a town through 100 years.
- Thematic complexity - eg, emigration/immigration, women’s stories, agriculture.
- Stories of communities of interest - eg, new communities to Northern Ireland, role of the arts sector, the history of industry in Northern Ireland.
- UK context - eg, the impact of the events of 1920-22 on the UK's politics, people and identity.
- Wider context - eg, north/south, east/west, international context, stories of Northern Irish diaspora.
- Examine the contribution made by significant historical, artistic, literary, entrepreneurial, scientific and medical Northern Irish figures and organisations.
Successful applicants can use the grants to cover a wide range of direct project costs, including:
- Volunteer expenses related to the delivery of the project.
- Training costs related to the delivery of the project.
- Virtual or in-person event/exhibition costs (in line with public health restrictions).
- New staff posts related to the delivery of the project.
- Digitisation costs.
- Research costs.
- Costs of producing resources such as education packs, exhibitions, pamphlets.
There will be two free webinars on 30 November 2020 and 9 December 2020 where applicants can ask questions about the Fund. Registration is through the Fund’s website.
The deadline for applications is noon on 15 January 2021.
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