Community Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund
Who can apply:
- Constituted organisations with charitable purposes, operating within Northern Ireland
- To address new needs appearing as a result of the Coronavirus, and where restrictions mean finding new ways to support vulnerable people, using creative mediums.
- To support grassroots communities and those most marginalised, through engagement in community arts, culture and heritage projects and creative industries.
- To enable organisations to respond better to new needs identified as a result of coronavirus, and where restrictions mean finding new ways of supporting vulnerable people, through encouraging access to the arts, culture and heritage, in particular for those with disabilities.
- To help organisations and communities supporting vulnerable people, to use arts, culture and heritage, to #build back better; ensuring organisations and individuals thrive and continue to provide longer-term support to communities in need
The fund will focus on community led responses that will:
- Enhance existing community services and activities that support engagement in arts, culture and heritage for marginalised communities and communities of interest
- Support innovation and creativity for those community organisations who support vulnerable people through engagement in the arts, culture and heritage
- Encourage collaboration and strengthen collaborative responses to issues affecting those most marginalised in Northern Ireland, in particular those with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, black, asian and ethnic minorities, and those most at risk, including those suffering from domestic violence, and those living in poverty, rural communities, through arts, culture and heritage activity
- Encourage adaptation, innovation and agility of the arts, culture and heritage sector, and ensure preparedness for the future
Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering projects to support grassroots communities, and/or people with disabilities, through engagement in arts, culture and heritage, and that may be new and innovative.
Projects must support at least one of the following beneficiary groups:
- People with disabilities
- Children and young people, in particular young women and girls
- Older people
- People with poor mental health
- Black, asian and ethnic minorities
- Rurally isolated people
- People in poverty
- Persons in institutions such as care homes, rehabilitation centres
- LGBTQ+ community
- Anyone identified as discriminated and excluded; particularly when it comes to engagement with the arts
What can be supported?
- Upfront, non-refundable costs associated with implementing new arts, culture, and heritage projects; including venue hire, facilitation etc, must be incurred by 31 March 2021, however, the activities and events do not have to take place until after this.
- Salary costs associated with implementing arts, culture and heritage projects. *Note, however, that support for salary costs will only be available for costs incurred up to and including 31 March 2021.
- Capital costs (no more than £5,000 of the amount requested) associated with implementing new systems, procedures, and activities, to enable engagement with the arts
*Note: If you are applying for small items of equipment, each individual item must cost less than £1,000 (eg computer equipment, cameras, film making equipment, materials to deliver creative projects, costumes, musical instruments, etc)
- Bringing together expertise to provide advice, mentoring support, and other actions to maintain viability of the arts organisation, and to support strategic development
- Additional core costs such as rent, heat and light, salary contributions, are eligible, providing that they will enable development of community arts, culture and heritage activities.
What can be supported within the fund themes?
With grant sizes of between £2,000 to £20,000, it is the expectation that this funding will support organisations to continue to provide services over the coming months.
Upfront, non-refundable costs associated with projects; including venue hire, facilitation etc, must be incurred by 31 March 2021, however, the activities and events do not have to take place until after this – no later than October 2021. Any support for salary costs, however, can only be covered for those salary costs incurred up to and including 31 March 2021.
The Foundation will prioritise:
- Initiatives that can show short term need and impact
- Initiatives that empower and connect grassroots community based organisations engaging in arts, culture and heritage activities, and which are new and innovative
- Initiatives that have a clear social impact, and that enable those who do not usually have access to arts activities to have this access and opportunities
- Organisations who have fewer live grants, ie: less than four live grants, at any one time
- We welcome applications seeking match funding for projects supported by other funders
- We welcome community projects that are working in partnership with Local Government
- Projects that work both within and outside traditional communities
Examples of projects may include:
- Culture, arts and heritage projects such as:
- Music and Opera
- Traditional Arts
- Visual Arts
- Performing arts and theatre
- Festivals and cultural events
- Participatory Arts
- Cross Art form
- Community Arts
- Creative Industries in the following segments:
- Independent Cinema
- Product Design, Fashion Design, and Graphic Design;
- TV, Video, Photography, Film, and Radio;
- Software, and Computer Services
- Community heritage, landscape and nature projects
- Pilot projects supporting grassroots communities and/or people with disabilities, to engage in the arts, culture or heritage. This might include craft classes, flower arranging, promotion of language and heritage, and participation in theatre productions
- City/Town animation projects
- Community theatre productions
- Projects that support rural access to the arts
- Voluntary arts sector apprenticeships and skills development, with a particular focus on those who have been most affected by covid
- Youth art, culture and heritage projects
- New agile and adaptive ways of working to deliver arts activities, that strengthen preparedness for the future, and build capacity and resilience for those organisations who are supporting arts, culture and heritage activities for vulnerable people, and grassroots communities
- Online support and arts, culture and heritage activities, and new ways of working, by organisations supporting people who are experiencing poor physical and mental health, and isolation
- Projects that help develop leadership in, and involvement of disadvantaged communities, through the arts, culture and heritage
The Fund will not support:
The Foundation will not fund causes or activities that are contrary to those outlined in our investment policy. We will not therefore fund organisations or activities which we determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.
Further to this the Fund will not support:
- Trips outside Northern Ireland, and holidays away
- Funding for retrospective project costs
- Projects or activity that promote or advance religion
- Organisations whose purposes include the advancement of religion. However, if your application fully meets all other criteria, we will pass it to the Rural Community Network who may be able to provide you with funding support
- The establishment of endowment of any school or institution providing further education within the meaning of the education and libraries (Northern Ireland) order 1972
- The provision of assistance to any Housing Association within the meaning of the housing (Northern Ireland) order 1976 – *Note: Housing Associations will be eligible for some funds; providing they meet all other eligibility requirements, and if they apply as part of a partnership project, and are not named as the applicant organisation
- Organisations which adopt a partisan political stance or activities which are party political. We will not support organisations that advocate the use of violence to campaign or influence public opinion
- General appeals, individual and group sponsorship, marketing appeals, proposals for bursaries from individuals or proposals from individuals for the funding of study or attainment of qualifications
- The provision of services that are the primary and legal responsibility of the state
- Input VAT reclaimable from HMRC
- Payments reimbursed or to be reimbursed by other public or private sector funding
- Contributions in kind (i.e. a contribution in goods or services, as opposed to money)
- Depreciation, amortisation or impairment of fixed Assets owned by the group
- Interest payments (including service charge payments for finance leases)
- Gifts to individuals other than promotional items with a value of no more than £25 a year to any one individual
- Entertaining (entertaining for this purpose means anything that would be a taxable benefit to the person being entertained, according to current UK tax regulations)
- Statutory fines, criminal fines or penalties
- Liabilities incurred before the issue of an award unless
- Use in respect of costs reimbursed or to be reimbursed by funding from any other source
Use to purchase buildings or land; and/or to top up reserves of your group
Guidance for applicants:
- Applications must be completed online
Applicants are also required to provide the following with their application:
- A copy of your governing document, e.g. constitution – this must be in the name of the applicant organisation unless governed through an umbrella organisation
- A copy of the organisation’s most recent accounts
- A copy of your safeguarding policies
- A current account bank statement dated within the last three months. (If this is not in credit, you must provide an explanation as to why. The Foundation reserves the right not to offer funding to applicants who are significantly overdrawn, and/or who have not provided a suitable explanation as to why the account is overdrawn.)
- A copy of your equality policy
***If you have applied to the Foundation within the last three months, and have submitted all of the required supporting documentation requested above, please contact the Grants Team and they can confirm that all documentation is in place. If all documentation is in place and satisfactory, you will not be required to submit any additional supporting documentation with this application.
(If you have not applied within the last three months and therefore not uploaded the required supporting documentation, the above documents must be uploaded online along with the completed application, or emailed to email@example.com)
Organisations that have any queries around the fund guidance and application form can contact the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland Grants and Donor Care Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 028 9024 5927.
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