New Re-imaging Communities Programme

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland are taking a lead role in delivering a newly launched £3.1m fund to tackle signs of sectarianism and racism in communities across Northern Ireland and the border areas of the Republic of Ireland. Funding is available for local groups to employ artists for projects which promote tolerance and understanding while using the arts to express who they are and what culture means to them.

Local councils and community / voluntary groups in NI and the RoI border areas can apply for funding (the programe is not open to individuals) which is available in three levels - small (£500 - £15,000); large (£15,001 - £50,000) and multiple grants (for a combination of both small and large projects).

Artworks created through the community-led programmes of activity can range from 2-dimensional artworks, e.g. ceramic work, mosaic, to three-dimensional sculpture and installations. The replacement of manifestations of sectarianism and racism with mural artwork will be given a low priority for this programme.

The consortium supporting the new Re-Imaging Communities Programme includes the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) and the Special EU Programmes Body under the PEACE III programme, for which the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMdFM) is the accountable Department but which also includes the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in Dáil Éireann. Other consortium members include the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, the Community Relations Council (CRC), POBAL and the Arts Council Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Further details, guidelines and application process can be found on the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's website.


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