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Funding Bulletin 25 February 2014

Arts Council NI - Intercultural Arts Grants

As part of its Intercultural Arts Strategy, the 3-year Intercultural Arts Grants programme, launched in May 2012, aims to provide opportunities for minority ethnic communities across Northern Ireland to access the arts; and use artistic activities as a creative vehicle in which to explore and highlight social issues that impede access and participation in the arts.

The Intercultural Arts Grants programme will support meaningful collaboration between ethnic minority communities and artists. Applications to the programme will have to demonstrate that the proposed project is informed by consultation with the target group. The Arts Council NI are looking for high quality and exciting participant-led arts projects that meet the strategic themes of the programme.

Artist-led interventions can take many different forms- through music, visual arts (public art, sculpture, craft), performing arts (theatre, dance, carnival, circus arts) and literary arts (poetry, playwriting, short stories and so on). The list is not exclusive. The Arts Council proposes to meet the creative and social needs of minority ethnic communities through a set of strategic themes:

1. Intercultural Engagement - Promoting exchanges between different cultural groups within society 2. Development of the Minority Ethnic Arts Infrastructure - Develop collaborative working, through arts and cultural activity between new and existing communities 3. Using the arts to develop community cohesion - Working to promote cohesion and integration for a shared and better future for all 4. Using the arts to increase awareness of diversity - Develop understanding of the diversity that exists in Northern Ireland 5. Development of programmes that use the arts to develop Good Relations - Working to develop good relations between new and existing communities in Northern Ireland 6. Using the arts as a vehicle to tackle racism - Working to tackle racism between new and existing communities in Northern Ireland This scheme is open to applications from amongst others – Individuals, Arts Organisations, Organisations with statutory obligations to provide services for Minority Ethnic Communities and Local Authorities. Grants are from £500 - £10,000 are available and 100% of costs are eligible.

How to Apply

For further details and to make an application please visit:

The deadline for completed applications is Friday 4 April 2014 at 4pm


The Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing

The Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing will be awarded in 2014 to four exciting, community-led, townscape projects in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The winning projects will involve the development of public space in a town and seek to improve local wellbeing.

The four winners will each receive £2,500 and be featured as good practice case studies in a Carnegie UK Trust publication. An additional prize of £1,000 will be awarded to one of the four projects to recognise outstanding work. The prizes will be awarded in partnership with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA).

How to Enter

Community groups and registered charities can enter by completing an expression of interest form of 150 words. For more information please visit:

The deadline for completed applications is Monday, 17 March at 12 noon


NI Screen – Skills Fund

The Skills Fund is a grant offered to individuals working in the Northern Ireland screen sector and is designed to support financially those participating in training or development courses. A key principle of the fund is that attendance at a training course should lead to advancement of skills, expertise and general career development and this in turn should positively impact on the screen industry in Northern Ireland. Funding may be awarded for up to 75% of the applicant’s total budget or £2,000 whichever is the lesser amount. The balance of funding can be matched in cash from the individual applicant or from another private source. This scheme is open to Northern Ireland resident individuals who have been accepted onto a screen skills development or training course.

How do I apply?

For an information and application form please visit:

Applications should be received no later than 3 weeks before the start of your course. This is a rolling fund with no set deadlines. ___________________________________________________________________

Erasmus+ - new EU Programme

Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. The total budget is €14.7 billion between 2014 – 2020. Erasmus+ started on 1 January 2014 and replaces current funding programmes run by the European Commission in the area of education, training, youth and sport, including the Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Comenius, Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal), Youth in Action and other international programmes including Jean Monnet and Erasmus Mundus. The Erasmus+ programme will run from 2014-2020 and supports activities in education, training, youth and sport across all sectors of lifelong learning including: • Education and Training Funding. • Youth Funding • Sport Funding Erasmus+ Sport

Erasmus+ Sport promotes fair play and cooperation in sport in order to respond to major challenges facing the sector today. Out of the total Erasmus+ budget of €14.7 billion euro, 1.8 percent has been earmarked for sports. Organisations can apply to the European Commission's Executive Agency for funding under the following Sport Actions: • Collaborative Partnerships - Collaborative Partnerships support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices in sport and physical activity • Not-for-profit European Sport Events - Supports the organisation, implementation and legacy activities of Europe-wide voluntary sport events that involve sportspeople from at least 12 Programme Countries. • Actions that strengthen the evidence base for policy-making - Supports the gathering and sharing of evidence to better understand participation levels in sport across Europe as well as the levels of corruption, discrimination, violence and doping in sport. For more information on potential funding under the Sports theme please visit:

How to Apply

Grants can for a Not for Profit Sports Event which can be €2 million per event, up to 80 percent to total costs. Find the details on page 187 of the ErasmusPlus programme guide:

By midday Friday 14 March 2014, proposals for a not-for-profit European sports event need to be tabled in Brussels. ___________________________________________________________________

Local Funding Opportunities

Strabane District Council - Good Relations Grant Aid

The Good Relations grant aid programme supports a range of activities around developing equal relationships between divided communities. It aims to build relationships between people from different religious, political and ethnic traditions, in order to develop communication, trust and understanding. Two types of good relations work are supported:

• Hard issues projects • Cultural projects How to Apply

For more information on how to apply please visit:

The Good Relation Officers are happy to discuss projects so please contact Elaine Watson or Amanda Biega

Tel: 028 7138 2204,

Email: Elaine Watson or Amanda Biega

Closing date for completed applications is 12 noon on Friday 7 March 2014. ___________________________________________________________________

Active Belfast Grants

Working through the Belfast Strategic Partnership, Active Belfast has launched the third year of its Grant Scheme. The Active Belfast Grants aims to support more people to be active in the key areas of Walking, Cycling, Community Capacity and Access To Places

In total there will be £50,000 of support available to each of the 4 key areas listed above, with £25,000 towards a large scale citywide programme in each key area (priority 1) and £25,000 to support local community programmes in each of the key areas (priority 2). The minimum award for a local community grant will be £1,000 and the maximum £5,000.

How to Apply

For guidance notes and an application form please visit: The deadline for completed applications is Friday 7 March at 12.00pm.

City of Culture Legacy Fund The Arts Council in association with Derry City Council has developed the Legacy Fund to provide a mechanism for continued investment in the arts and cultural sector in Derry~Londonderry following the hugely successful year as UK City of Culture 2013. The Fund aims to enhance the arts and culture programming of venues and organisations above their 2012 levels.


The Legacy Fund is open to cultural and community organisations based in the Derry City Council area that are formally constituted and operate on a not-for-profit basis. The total amount available in the Legacy Fund over the 3-year period is £900,000. The maximum grant to any organisation is unlikely to exceed £75,000.

Applications from partnerships between the profit-distributing and non-profit distributing sectors are eligible, but the application must be led by, and all finances must be handled by, the non-profit distributing organisation. No project funded can result in a distributable profit.

What is applicable

• Projects, events and programmes of activity together with additional, related overhead costs associated with the delivery of the project/event or programme. • Commissions and Productions • Audience Development – to meet the needs of audiences and to help arts organisations develop ongoing relationships with audiences • One-off, large-scale national arts events, such as conferences, which take place in Derry~Londonderry and benefit people and artists from Derry~Londonderry and beyond • Presentations or exhibitions of work by international artists and arts organisations

How to Apply

For more details and to apply please visit:

The deadline for completed applications is Thursday 20 March 2014 at 4pm


Santander Foundation

The Santander Foundation has two grants programmes to help disadvantaged people in the UK:

• Community Plus This programme provides grants of up to £5,000 and is open to small local UK charities or local projects of national charities with funding available to cover salaries, equipment or materials. For more details please visit:

• Central Fund This programme offers grants of up to £10,000. The scheme is open to charities and Credit Unions anywhere in the UK for projects related to education, training or financial capability. For more details please visit:

You are welcome to apply to both grants programmes, but a grant from one programme will prevent you from getting a grant from the other. There are no deadlines for these schemes.

Please note that the Santander Foundation are keen to help communities in flood affected areas of the UK, specifically projects helping areas to get back on their feet during the recovery phase.


Don’t forget the Community Change Money Mondays Service – Money Mondays - a new FREE service is being piloted where a group can book a 1 hour funding support session with James Laverty (Community Change - Facilitation, Training and Development Officer). James will identify funding opportunities for your group and provide guidance on applying to funders.