15th November 2016

Arts Council Applications open for Annual Funding Programme 2017-18

The Arts Council is now inviting organisations to submit their applications to the Annual Funding Programme 2017-18.

The over-riding aim of the Arts Council’s Annual Funding Programme is to support Northern Ireland’s arts infrastructure through grants to organisations in all art forms and practices for their core and programming costs.

Organisations receiving support must demonstrate that they require a year-round resource and should apply for their complete programme for the year.

The Arts Council’s Annual Funding Programme has been independently reviewed by the Strategic Investment Board to ensure strategic alignment with the draft Programme for Government (PfG) 2016-2021 and the Minister’s emerging Strategy for Culture and Arts (2016-26).

Sample application forms are now available and organisations are encouraged to download and read through the programme guidance notes and the appropriate art form criteria documents before submitting their applications. Guidance documents for new applicants are also available.

Applications must be completed online; hard copy applications will not be accepted.The online application form will be available in due course.

The closing date for the receipt of completed applications is Thursday 15th December at 4pm.

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