Arts Council awards £1.9 million emergency funding for 150 arts organisations across Northern Ireland

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today (Tuesday 18th August 2020) announced funding of £1,949,113, from their Organisations Emergency Programme (OEP), to support 150 arts organisations affected as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

150 small and medium sized arts organisations will benefit from funding grants of up to £25,000 each, from the Arts Council OEP fund, to enable them to continue producing creative work, assist with operational costs and to help plan for recovery.

The OEP fund provides much-needed financial support, a lifeline to arts organisations, at a time when essential elements of the arts sector have been decimated due to venue and gallery closures, festival and event cancellations and the disappearance of live audiences.

The Organisations Emergency Programme is one element of the Creative Support Fund through the  Department for Communities, to support the arts and wider culture sectors during the current pandemic. 

Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland said:

“Today’s announcement will be welcome news for 150 arts organisations who will now be able to continue to programme work and prepare for recovery.  21 of these awards are going to arts organisations who have never received Arts Council support before and we are looking forward to seeing the wonderful projects that they have planned in the coming months.”

“Funding for the arts in Northern Ireland was already in a fragile state pre-Covid-19 and we estimate that since the pandemic, organisations are facing deficits of over £6m; a figure which may increase as the year progresses. These organisations are among the most creative, flexible and inventive in our society and many are already finding imaginative and innovative ways to deliver online content. However the impact of the lockdown on their earned income has been both severe and immediate.”

“The Organisations Emergency Programme will support arts organisations by helping them buy creative time to produce new ideas for programming, plan for recovery and also aid them withstand the shock to their organisation of substantial loss of income during lockdown.  We hope now with outdoor opportunities opening up, to see even more engagement with live audiences and participants in a safe and meaningful way.”

See more information including list of organisations at the link below

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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.