Arts Grants

We currently have one grant open for application:

Access and Inclusion Fund for 2020/2021

The Access and Inclusion Fund aims to improve accessibility for people with disabilities and increase their participation in arts and cultural activities.

We are administering capital grants up to £30,000 to eligible cultural organisations in Ards and North Down.  To apply, projects must be new, stand alone and due to be completed by 31 March 2021. We cannot accept applications to part-fund new build projects that are already started. 

Closing date for grant applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 9 September 2020.

Some examples of eligible projects supported by the fund are:

  • upgrading accessible toilet facilities at cultural venues
  • doors and lifts to accommodate people with mobility issues in cultural venues
  • signage to help people with visual impairments in cultural venues

To ask for an application form and guidance notes on eligible projects, contact us by email:

Access and Inclusion Fund is available through the Department for Communities' Access and Inclusion Programme.


The following is a list of other Arts funding opportunities. These are currently not open for application.

Arts Project Grant

Available to arts, community and special interest groups throughout the Ards and North Down Borough area who wish to enhance existing, and undertake new community arts activities. 

A maximum grant of £1,000 is available.


Individual Artist Fund

Professional artists working and living in the Borough may apply through the Artistic Development Scheme for support towards training costs and artistic residencies.

A maximum grant of £250 is available.


Youth Arts Training Grant

Available to young people living in the Borough who wish to undertake short term or one-off youth arts training or development opportunities.

Please download the guidance notes and an application form below.


Ballinglen Arts Foundation Bursary

A two week residency at Ballinglen Arts Foundation, in County Mayo aimed at visual artist and craft makers, providing them the time to develop their artistic practice.

Artists are provided with accommodation as well as an artist studio to work in.


Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary

One week residencies to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig in County Monaghan, available to practitioners in all art forms who are currently based in the Ards and North Down Borough. The aim of the bursary is to assist and encourage both established and emerging practitioners giving them the opportunity to work intensively on a 'project' alongside others in a unique environment.


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