Coronavirus: Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme

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£1.1 million emergency funding programme for individuals working in the Creative Economy

This scheme closed to applications on Monday 17 August 2020.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, in collaboration with Future Screens NI, has opened a new funding programme designed to support those working in the Creative Economy during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme, worth £1 million from the Department for Communities and an additional £100,000 from Future Screens NI, offers individuals the opportunity to apply for grants of £1,200, £3,000 or £5,000 each.

Who can apply
The fund is aimed at workers in the creative and arts economy in whatever capacity such as:

  • venue support staff
  • singer-songwriters
  • session musicians
  • set designers
  • lighting and sound technicians
  • artists
  • actors
  • musicians
  • rappers
  • writers/poets
  • comedians
  • open mike performers
  • tutors and facilitators
  • dancers
  • choreographers
  • editors and proofreaders
  • craftspeople

This is an indicative list and is not exhaustive.

How to apply
The Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme opens for online applications from Friday 31 July 2020. It offers awards of either £1,200, £3,000 or £5,000.

Your request should be based on the information you provide to the Arts Council NI on the impact that this award would have on the sustainably of your professional skills, and/or creative development. You must state which level of award you are applying for.

Find out more about the grants and apply online.

Download the programme guidance notes before making an application (PDF, 564K).

The programme will close at 16:00 on Monday 17 August 2020.

The Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme builds on the initial, Artist Emergency Programme, a fund that was opened by the Arts Council on 27 April 2020 and was heavily oversubscribed. It is one element of the recently announced £4 million funding package to support the arts, creative industries and cultural sector during the current pandemic. Read more about the Coronavirus Creative Support Fund.

Further measures will be rolled out to organisations in the creative sector in the coming weeks.


First published 31 July 2020