Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (Irish: Comhairle Ealaíon Thuaisceart Éireann, Ulster-Scots: Airts Cooncil o Norlin Airlan) is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland. It was founded in 1964, as a successor to the Committee for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts (CEMA).[1]

As the main development agency for the arts it is responsible for the distribution of Exchequer and National Lottery Funding for the arts in Northern Ireland.[2] The council is headquartered at 1 The Sidings, Antrim Road, Lisburn. Organisationally it is a non-departmental public body of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

The following funding schemes are provided by the Arts Council to organisations in Northern Ireland. Programmes are open at specific times during the year and the programme availability is subject to change.

Music Touring Small Grants Programme Building Peace through the Arts - Re-Imaging Communities Annual Funding Programme Arts and Older People programme funding Public Art Funding Capacity Building Intercultural Arts Programme funding Project Funding Musical Instruments for Bands Equipment and Minor Refurbishments

The following funding programmes are open to individual artists at specific times during the calendar year. Dates are subject to change.

Travel Awards Support for the Individual Artist programme

Notable projects

See also


  1. Irish and Scots from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Accessed December 2008
  2. Lottery Funding - Arts Council NI Archived August 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine - Lottery Funding website. Accessed December 2008
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