Northern Ireland Arts Project Funding for Organisations – 2023/24 Round Accepting Applications

Lottery funding is available to organisations in Northern Ireland for projects that will contribute to the growth of arts in the community and which reflect the diversity of Northern Ireland’s society and culture.

An annual Northern Ireland programme for organisations delivering arts projects is accepting applications.

Applications are invited from a wide range of legally constituted organisations including registered charities, public sector bodies, commercial organisations and partnerships of organisations working together.

Projects must take place between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024. Eligible projects and activities include:

  • Projects, events and programmes of activity together with related overhead costs associated with the delivery of the project/event or programme.
  • Projects which promote under-represented groups including those from black and ethnic minority (BAME) communities.
  • Continuation of salaries of existing administrative and/or arts posts.
  • Research and Development.
  • Audience development – to meet the needs of audiences and to help arts organisations develop ongoing relationships with audiences.
  • Touring (in more than one local authority area).
  • One-off, large-scale national arts events such as conferences, which take place in Northern Ireland and benefit people and artists from across Northern Ireland and beyond.
  • Presentations or exhibitions (in more than one local authority area) of work by international artists and arts organisations.
  • Organisational/skills development to ensure organisations are fit for purpose after Covid-19.
  • Specialist skills for online presentation of existing or new work.
  • Projects which are planned to reach significant audiences through ‘live’, ‘as live’ or recorded digital performance, publication, broadcast, reading, recording, and/or other audience channels.
  • Modest requests for capital equipment, website design and upkeep costs and digital platform development will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and these must be integral to project design and/or delivery and/or specific project costs.

Grants of between £10,001 and £75,000 are available. Applicants are required to provide a minimum of 10% of total project costs from non-Lottery, non-Arts Council sources, comprised of cash and/or in-kind funding.

The deadline for applications is 5 June 2023 (12 noon).

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)