Arts Council of Northern Ireland Annual Funding Programme – closing 12 Dec

The over-riding aim of the Arts Council’s Annual Funding Programme is to support Northern Ireland’s arts infrastructure through grants to organisations in all artforms and practices for their core and programming costs.

The arts sector is, once again, facing a financially challenging year so please download and read the guidance notes carefully before filling in the application form. There are significant changes to this year’s programme application and assessment process.  Only one application is required; this will cover both your Core and Programming request. 

It should be noted that all grants made under this programme are only guaranteed on the basis that the Arts Council continues to receive sufficient Exchequer funds from the Department for Communities and, in the case of Lottery funding, from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

For organisations not previously in receipt of an Annual Funding Programme award

If you are considering applying to the Annual Funding Programme you will be required, as part of the process, to upload a set of documents to the Government Funding Database.  This can take some time. Note applicants based outside Northern Ireland are not required to upload documents to the Database but are required to submit the documents with the application form.

  • Constitution and/or Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Most recent set of Audited/Certified/adopted accounts.
  • Organisation Chart
  • Rental Agreement/Lease of Evidence of ownership

If you are not currently on the Database you will be required to register at

Full instructions for uploading documents are available here.

Failure to upload documents to the Government Funding Database will mean your application will not be assessed.

Who can apply?

Organisations receiving support must demonstrate that they require a year-round resource and should apply for their complete programme for the year.  All applications should fit within the objectives stated in the Council’s draft 5 year strategic framework and must make a contribution to the draft Programme for Government outcomes .

This programme is not designed for organisations planning short term or fixed term projects, or single or one-off annual events.

How to apply?

You must make a single application to the programme using our online system. The link to application forms can be found below.  Use “Apply Online Now” to start a brand new application.  Use “Edit an Application Form Online” to go back into an application that you’ve already started and saved.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland Annual Funding Programme

The deadline for applications is Thursday 12th December 2019 at 4pm. Decisions will be made by Wednesday 1st April 2020

artist forms link
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