1. avatar isis
    Hello chaps,
    I've got an idea for later in the year that will probably require a fair bit of funding.
    I know all the money is really sparse but could you give me some advice or contacts for the likes of nimic etc on how to apply? My idea would be happening in June, are there deadlines to apply, please don't tell me I've missed them!!

    kindest Regards an all that
    Jennifer :)
  2. avatar nomoreart
    This might be useful

  3. avatar churchwarden
    Will it be an organisation running the event, or yourself as an individual?

    If it as an individual you can apply for Support for the Individual Artist Programme - next round opens at the start of the new year:


    If it is an organisation, if you are not for profit you can apply for various funds, such as Project Funding or Awards for All - new details about these schemes will be available shortly - if you sign up to the newsletter on the ACNI website information is emailed out at the start of each month.

  4. avatar tenrabbits
    I would add - the Arts Council are both lovely people and ridiculously underfunded. I've looked at a grant application for them myself, and to have a chance I'd make sure you do your homework before submitting it. It would be worth speaking to them first I think.
  5. avatar T Entertainment
    This appeared in my inbox the other day, I only skimmed it but seems relevant (OUT OF POSTS - It's just from the DCAL press office for general release, maybe should be on its own thread but I'm out, likesay)


    Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister, Gregory Campbell MP, MLA has launched a £5million fund to stimulate Northern Ireland's creative industries.

    Speaking at the launch of the Creativity Industries Innovation Fund in Limavady today the Minister said: "The creative industries sector is a very important sector of the economy and has the potential to generate very significant and long lasting economic benefits for Northern Ireland.

    "In terms of the economic value, it is estimated that around 34,600, or 4.7% of the working population, is employed in the creative sector which is growing at a faster rate than the economy in general.

    "By investing in the development of talents and skills of our people we will improve our competitive position in national and international markets and reap the benefits in our communities. The drive to develop new markets, and in particular to encourage an outward-looking, global perspective, underpins all."

    The creative sector is diverse and includes advertising, architecture and design consultancies, film and television companies, computer and video games development, music labels and book and magazine publishers, theatre, opera and dance companies and live music promoters, and craft-makers, visual artists and designer-makers.

    The Minister continued: "One of the goals of the Programme for Government is to grow the creative sector by up to 15% by 2011. The opportunities are there to meet this target with the help of new technologies and the development of new markets, that did not exist a few years ago, opening up for creative entrepreneurs."

    The Minister said that the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure had developed the Creative Industries Strategic Action Plan in consultation with key stakeholders and is working closely with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and Invest NI on the way ahead for the sector.

    He said: "The Action Plan will support initiatives to increase the quality, visibility and value of the creative industries. It will focus on innovation in business, in people and in sectoral infrastructure and knowledge.

    "I believe that the Creative Industries Innovation Fund can be a vital component contributing to the Programme for Government commitments and, in doing so, helping Northern Ireland become a world class hub for the creative industries.

    "If we can do this we will not only reap the economic benefits, but we will build cultural capacity, improving the quality of life of our citizens and the perceptions of Northern Ireland on the global stage."

    At today's launch the Department was partnered by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland.

    Commenting on the Fund, Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland added: "The Arts Council is pleased to be administering this new fund as it not only supports a government priority, but also helps the Arts Council to achieve one of the key themes of our five-year strategic plan for developing the arts in Northern Ireland, which is to provide the type of support artists and creative business people need to develop and sustain a flourishing creative industries sector.

    "One of the challenges facing us over the coming years is to develop the kind of creative and economic environment that will encourage our artists and creative business people to remain in Northern Ireland, as well as attracting other innovators from around the world to live and work here. Today's announcement of funding for the development of the local creative industries will go some way to establishing such an environment."

    The event, which also celebrated the Success of Craft NI's "Making It" programme featured a showcase from a number of artists who have graduated from the Craft NI "Making It" programme. The programme has been supported by Invest NI and the Arts Council."
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  6. avatar MSB Mastering
    Can I ask who sent you that or what the source is? It's potentially quite interesting.
  7. avatar churchwarden
    Info about the Creative Industries Innovation Fund here:

  8. avatar Link Lad
    Voluntary Arts Ireland is a good website and its worth signing up for their newsletter as it often has different funding oppertunities advertised. Open source community can be useful to sign up to as well they have funding applications that have been successful in their members section so you can see the sorts of reports that have been funded in the past and what your own application may need to include. Hope you have some joy with it!
  9. avatar p-t-rebel-mc
    Is it possible to get funding for recording and the like?

    A band paid at broken studio once with funding but I am not exactly sure what body or organisation supplied them with the funding. Does anyone know anything about getting funding for recording or equipment?
  10. avatar churchwarden
    In terms of recording if it is part of a project, such as producing a CD to promote the band, an individual can apply for funding


    I would suggest that rather than just stick an application, first read the guidance notes, work out the budget for your project and then see how your project meets the criteria:

    [quote:80ec013721]The Artist
    1. Evidence of applicant’s artistic quality. (5 marks)
    Assessed against History of Artistic Practice and work submitted
    2. Evidence of the applicant’s contribution to the arts (5 marks)
    Assessed against History of Artistic Practice and work submitted

    The Proposal
    3. Artistic quality, innovation and/or challenge of the proposal (5 marks)
    Assessed against project description
    4. The detail and accuracy of planning and budgeting (5 marks)
    Assessed against financial budget provided

    The Potential
    5. Evidence of how the proposal may enhance the applicant’s skills (5 marks)
    Assessed against project description
    6. Evidence of how the proposal may enhance the applicant’s career (5 marks)
    Assessed against project description

    This is what your application will be scored against - I have seen quite a few applications where the project description looks really interesting but when it gets to the section about how the project meets the criteria, this is only partially answered or left completely blank - thus the application is not going to be funded.

    If you have read the guidance notes, looked round other websites for sources of funding and you still need advice, then contact ACNI:

    If you contact ACNI, it is wise to know about your project, its likely costs etc. etc. and then they will be able to advise on what can be funded by ACNI and timescales etc.

    Imagine if someone asked to borrow several thousand pounds of you - what questions would you ask, they are likely to be the same questions ACNI ( or any funding body ) and its auditors will ask.