New £5 million recovery fund opens to support individuals working in the arts and creative sectors – closing 6 Oct

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department for Communities, have opened a new recovery fund co-designed to support individuals in the Arts and Creative sectors retain valuable skills.

The Creative Individuals Recovery Programme (CIRP), worth £5 million from the Department for Communities, offers individuals the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £2,000 each.

CIRP funding aims to support one-off costs that are incurred by individuals working within the creative economy, helping them to re-engage with, or maintain their creative practice. Funding should help individuals and artists sustain and build the professional and technical skills, which are so important to the entire creative ecosystem.

This new programme will not replace loss of income for creatives as a result of the pandemic, nor will it support creative purpose relating to heritage or indigenous languages. CIRP will require applicants to undertake activity linked to their practice or art form.

This programme has been co-designed by the Department for Communities and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Who can apply?

This programme is to help support self-employed and freelance individuals working in the creative sector including but not limited to artists, venue support staff, singer songwriters, session musicians, set designers, artists, DJs, actors, dancers, choreographers, musicians, rappers, writers, poets, editors, proof readers, crafts people, comedians, open mike performers, tutors, facilitators, creators, photographers, film-makers, touring crew, artist managers, promotors, lighting and sound technicians/engineers, other technical crew and support staff and other creative practitioners who work in the creative industries to sustain and build their professional and technical skills in these challenging times and to support those who wish to deliver creative projects.

This is an indicative list and is not exhaustive.

If you have a query regarding your eligibility of your role in the creative sector, please contact the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Eligible Activity

Funding from this Programme can assist with the following costs:

  • creation of new work or engaging with new or existing audiences/commissions etc.
  • skills improvement necessary to reactivate or maintain trade, profession or vocation
  • hiring facilities and/or equipment to facilitate creative practice, including rehearsal, necessary for the resumption or maintenance of the individual’s trade, profession or vocation
  • time set aside to update, develop or enhance existing trade profession or vocation
  • attendance at industry events, peer-to-peer engagement professional/membership fees of associations related to an individual’s career development
  • Other costs which the Arts Council deems reasonable to assist in maintaining or developing the individual’s practice
  • Support worker or other costs related to supporting a disability as required as part of creative practice.

To apply

Apply online via the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s website at the link below.

Creative Individuals Recovery Programme

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 6th October 2021 at 12pm

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