The Big Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland has opened a small grants programme, ‘Culture for All’, which will provide grants for community-based arts programmes.
Delivered and funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in partnership with Culture Company 2013, the main aim of the programme is to bring people together to enjoy a range of community-based arts and culture activities that link to UK City of Culture 2013 and improve individual and community well-being and quality of life.
In 2013 Derry will be the UK City of Culture 2013 and this funding programme will provide opportunities for communities across Northern Ireland to engage with and share in these celebrations.
Culture for All is open to voluntary and statutory organisations who want to run an arts project that links to the UK City of Culture. Other criteria include:
· Encouraging talent, increasing skills and strengthening community activity by supporting activities that help to develop people and organisations.
· improving quality of life by increasing opportunities for people to engage with UK City of Culture 2013, especially those most disadvantaged to engage with the UK City of Culture celebrations,
· meeting local need and have the most impact on communities
Grants can be up to £10,000 and applications will be accepted up to August 2013.