Deaf and Disabled Artist Support Fund

This fund has been created by Arts Council of Northern Ireland in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and is administered by University of Atypical. Artists of all disciplines are invited to apply for 25 grants of up to £1,000 each, in order to research and develop their practice…

 

GUIDANCE:

  • This fund is to assist deaf/disabled artists resident in Northern Ireland who require financial support due to loss of earnings or artistic opportunities through COVID-19, to undertake research, professional development or a project, by 31st March 2021.
  • To be eligible for the fund, you must define yourself as a deaf/disabled artist. The Disability Discrimination Act defines disability as ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out day to day activities’.
  • What can I apply for? This fund is designed to support artistic output across any discipline and scale, alongside any associated access support requirements etc.
  • What can’t I apply for? This is not a hardship fund, so must include some form of artistic outcome, however light-touch.
  • This fund is in addition to, not instead of, Arts Council’s other schemes such as the Artists’ Emergency Programme. You can apply for both.
  • Artists are also eligible to apply for the Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund (which includes additional access monies for D/deaf and disabled artists). However, artists will only be able to accept ONE of the funds if successful: EITHER Arts Council Northern Ireland and/or University of Atypical OR the Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund. We realise that this is a little confusing, so please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help to clarify: jane@universityofatypical.org These guidelines have been set in the interests of fairness across both funding bodies, operating in all UK jurisdictions, and so that no artists are left out.
  • Applicants need to consider their personal situation in terms of current income status and seek advice on individual benefits claims.
  • Successful applicants will receive 100% of the award upfront and will be required to provide a post-project report.
  • This is a quick turnaround programme, please submit the application to the best of your ability. Unfortunately, we cannot enter into direct communication with would-be applicants

 

ELIGIBILITY:

  • You must be a disabled or deaf person to be eligible to apply for an award. The Disability Discrimination Act defines disability as ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out day to day activities’.
  • You must be resident in Northern Ireland and be aged 18+
  • iDA recipients, or other artists who work on existing projects with University of Atypical, are eligible to apply, as well as those who have already submitted applications to Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Artists’ Emergency Fund.
  • Applicants should be self-employed/freelance artists who can describe a loss of earnings or opportunities due to COVID -19
  • As part of this process, please become a UofA member – it’s free, you just have to sign up to our newsletter here

 

Please complete the application form, which you can find by clicking here

DEADLINE: 5pm, Wednesday 20th May