Arts Council of Northern Ireland awards £13 million in core grants to sustain key arts organisations.
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today (24 May 2021) announced annual funding of £13,005,025 for key arts organisations from its exchequer and National Lottery resources.
The Department for Communities has provided the Arts Council with an opening resource budget of more than £10m and £1.1m for capital projects for 2021/22.
The Arts Council’s Annual Funding Programme (AFP) is the most significant allocation of public funding for the arts in Northern Ireland each year. Today the majority of Northern Ireland’s key arts organisations received standstill funding, primarily covering their core costs and programming costs, with seven arts organisations receiving strategic uplifts.
Liam Hannaway, Chair, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “The Arts Council is making offers of annual funding to arts organisations across Northern Ireland, after one of the toughest years on record. I wish to recognise, with gratitude, the emergency financial support offered by the Minister for Communities, and distributed by the Arts Council, that helped sustain the arts and cultural sectors over the last 14 months.”