Arts Council NI: Arts and Older People Grants

The Arts & Older People Programme was set up to increase opportunities for older people to engage with the arts.  It achieved this by providing funding to arts-based projects that addressed related social issues such as poverty, isolation and loneliness, as well as promoting positive mental health. 

The programme to date has made 136 awards to community groups, voluntary groups and arts organisations. Over £1.8 million has been invested in the Arts & Older People Programme.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at constituted community and voluntary groups who are working at a local level to support older people and can demonstrate strong partnership working with relevant age sector organisations and Local Authority initiatives e.g. Health Cities/ Healthy Communities.

This programme is also open to non-governmental organisations, Local Authorities and arts organisations who can clearly demonstrate partnership working with older people.

Themes of the Programme

Projects must meet one or more of the following strategic themes:

  • Isolation and Loneliness:

  • Social Inclusion

  • Poverty

  • Health Issues/Dementia including Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Strengthening the Voice of Older People

They are interested in proposals that are:

  • Developed through consultation with older people;

  • Based upon a partnership approach;

  • Support best practice in working with older people though creative activities;

  • Consider legacy and sustainability;

  • Consider scale of impact with a strong advocacy element at the end of the project which could be in the form of a showcase event, exhibition, performance, publication, etc.

How much can  you apply for?

Grants from £1,000 to £10,000 are available. 

How to apply

For further information and to apply please visit  Applications may only be submitted online. (Note that the system will shut down at 4pm on the deadline date of Thursday 4th July 2019.)

If you need assistance to complete the application form, please contact the Arts Council NI on 028 9262 3555.