A £7.75 million funding pot has been made available to support the arts and cultural sector in Northern Ireland which has been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
The scheme aims to stabilise organisations financially to prevent closure and/or to allow continued delivery of outcomes and underpin longer-term changes.
The grants can be used to cover costs such as:
- Deficits incurred as a direct result of COVID-19.
- Restoration of reserves where these have been depleted as a result of COVID-19.
- Costs of artists, tutors, craftspeople and freelancers (including fees, accommodation, subsistence, travel).
- Overheads such as rent.
- Costs to run immediate risk management reviews and the actions identified as needed to safeguard the organisation.
- Redundancy costs to assist with the remodelling or renewal of the organisation.
- Operational costs of recovery actions (reopening and resuming activity).
- Costs associated with sub optimal reopening (eg, lower audience numbers).
- Organisational/skills development to ensure the organisation is fit for purpose during and after COVID-19.
- Specialist skills for online presentation of existing or new work.
- Modest requests for capital equipment allied to programme/project delivery.
- Costs to reconfigure business plans, governance and activity needed to help safeguard the future of the organisation.
- Costs to help manage sites during social distancing.
- Costs to get advice from professionals (eg, on risk, safety, how to support staff or on new business models).
- Costs to cover essential IT equipment and connectivity costs to support homeworking and activities to enable the organisation to put information online and to interact with their community/customers.
Where appropriate, grants will also be awarded to support the development of Renewal Plans which set out how organisations will achieve recovery and sustainability in the next two to three years.
Grants of up to £500,000 will be awarded.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 27 November 2020. Click here for more information.