£500,000 fund opens to support Small Capital purchases – closing 15 Oct

The Arts Council is now inviting applications to its Small Capital Programme, thanks to an investment of £500,000 from the Department for Communities.

The programme, which opened today (1st October), has a total available budget of £500,000 and has been designed to enable organisations to purchase equipment and carry out minor works to their premises which will enhance their artistic services.

The scheme is open to a wide range of arts and non-arts organisations, although the primary purpose of the requested equipment and/or minor works to premises must be clearly focused on arts activity and provide a public benefit.

Particular priority will be given to applications which:

  • address Covid-19 requirements in working remotely;
  • improves the accessibility of the arts;
  • improves the direct delivery of arts provision;
  • enhances or broadens the audience/participants’ experience of arts programming; or
  • raises the quality of the artistic work produced

Organisations can apply for any minor work or item of equipment for an arts-related activity such as, lighting equipment, stage equipment, sound equipment, minor building works, transport and office equipment. Although organisations can apply for funding to support the purchase of more than one item, applicants should be mindful that the budget for this programme is strictly limited and demand for funds is likely to be extremely high.

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín commented: “I am delighted that the Small Capital Programme has opened today allowing arts organisations to purchase equipment and carry out minor works to their premises. It is important that we ensure that our arts and cultural organisations have the right assets to support the delivery of their work and enhance their artistic services.”

Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented: “With much appreciated investment from the Department for Communities, the Arts Council is pleased to announce the opening of this new funding programme today. This vital funding will make a real difference to organisations in need of new equipment and allow them to make improvements to their premises. All the information about how to apply is available on the Arts Council website and we would encourage any organisation interested in finding out more about this scheme to visit the Arts Council website for more details.”

To apply

Full details of the scheme and how to apply can be found at http://artscouncil-ni.org/funding/scheme/Small-Capital-Programme.

This programme will close for applications at 4pm on Thursday 15th October, with decision made on Tuesday 1st December.

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