Arts Council of Northern Ireland Intercultural Arts Grants for Community and Voluntary groups



Improving relationships between and within communities and building a shared and better future for everyone, is a vital element of the Arts Council’s vision, which is to place the arts at the heart of life in Northern Ireland. That vision applies to everyone. It is absolutely inclusive and means ensuring that everyone living here – regardless of social, economic, community or ethnic background – has the opportunity to access and engage fully with the arts, and enjoy the many benefits of doing so.

As part of its Intercultural Arts Strategy, the 3-year Intercultural Arts Grants programme, launched in May 2012, aims to provide opportunities for minority ethnic communities across Northern Ireland to access the arts; and use artistic activities as a creative vehicle in which to explore and highlight social issues that impede access and participation in the arts.

Projects for this programme will be targeted, locally tailored and informed by the social issues identified within the strategy.  Projects will demonstrate clear linkage with the key strategic themes of the programme identified below.

The Intercultural Arts Grants for groups opened on 13 August and below is a summary of eligibility:

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at constituted community and voluntary groups working at a local level with minority ethnic communities.

Who cannot apply?

  • Individuals
  • Arts Organisations
  • Organisations with statutory obligations to provide services for Minority Ethnic Communities
  • Broadcasters (excluding community service broadcasters)
  • Local Authorities
  • Central Government Departments

How much can you apply for?

Grants from £500 to £10,000 are available.  You can apply for up to 100% of the eligible costs of the project.

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The closing date for this particular round of funding is 4pm, Thursday, 27 September 2012.

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New Belfast Community Arts Initiative trading as Community Arts Partnership is a registered charity (XR 36570) and a company limited by guarantee (Northern Ireland NI 37645).Registered with The Charity Commission as New Belfast Community Arts Initiative - NIC105169.