5th June 2019

2019 Arts Older People Grants Programme

The Arts Council NI are inviting applications to their 2019 Arts Older People Grants Programme. The programme is set up to increase opportunities for people to engage with the arts. It achieved this by providing funding to arts-based projects that addressed related social issues such as poverty, isolation and loneliness, as well as promoting positive mental health.  The design of the Programme was informed by the Arts & Older People Strategy which was undertaken by the Arts Council in July 2010.

The programme to date has made 136 awards to community groups, voluntary groups and arts organisations. Over £1.8 million has been invested in the Arts & Older People Programme.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at constituted community and voluntary groups who are working at a local level to support older people and can demonstrate strong partnership working with relevant age sector organisations and Local Authority initiatives e.g. Health Cities/ Healthy Communities.

This programme is also open to non-governmental organisations, Local Authorities and arts organisations who can clearly demonstrate partnership working with older people.

We are looking for partnership or consortia based proposals. Partnerships can be led by either age sector providers, arts organisations or Local Authorities, however the consortium must be made up of appropriate representatives and demonstrate a commitment to working together. Other specialists who work with older people may also be included as named partners in the consortium.

Who cannot apply?

– Organisations currently in receipt of a 2-year Arts & Older People grant
​- Individuals
​- Broadcasters (excluding community service broadcasters)
– Central Government Departments
– Organisations with statutory obligations to providing services for Older People

Closing date for applications is Thursday 4 July at 4pm. For more information click here.


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