This £25k funding award is eligible for partnerships that use the arts within new and emerging technologies. With the continuing evolution of immersive technology, it has the potential to expand the possibilities of how the arts can be distributed and utilised in new and innovate ways.

Programme Objectives:
1. Encourage Cross-Sectoral Collaboration;
2. Drive innovation in technologies; and
3. Creating new content, products, services and experiences.

The aim of this project is to assist arts organisations, entrepreneurs, and creative businesses to undertake projects that:
1. Contribute to the growth of the creative industries; and
2. Unlock future income generation.

All applications must be partnerships between an arts organization or artist and a creative business or academia.

Who can apply?

All applications must be a collaboration between two or more applicants. The lead applicant – that is, the applicant in whose name the application is submitted and who, in the event of an award, will be the group or individual responsible for managing the grant, and monitoring and reporting on the project – must be based in Northern Ireland.

Eligible lead applicants to this scheme are as follows:

  • Arts organisations
  • Individual Artists registered as sole traders
  • Creative Businesses

In order for your application to be eligible your project must meet the following criteria:

  • Involve a partnership between an artist or arts organisations with a creative business and/or academia
  • Use new and emerging technology to advance artistic practice to enhance the experience of arts audiences, create new digital artistic products, or allow for digital distribution of existing arts products or services

You will be required to provide confirmation that all project partners are legally constituted:

  • All sole traders must be registered with Revenue and Customs and provide a copy of their Unique Taxpayer Reference along with evidence of a business bank account.
  • Limited companies and Partnerships must also be fully constituted.
  • Start-up businesses can apply but must be fully constituted and registered prior to applying for an award.


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Information Webinar

The Arts Council wishes to ensure that all applicants receive an equal opportunity to submit an eligible application with a viable proposal that meets CISF criteria. To ensure eligibility, inclusion of all required documentation is also essential.

ACNI would therefore like to invite applicants to attend a pre-application open workshop to learn more about the CISF programme.

Workshop details (please note this date may be subject to change):
Date: 25 January 2022
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Register: Click Here to Register

How to apply?

You must apply using ACNI’s online system. They will not accept applications in hard copy or by email.

  • Online applications may be edited, saved and returned up to the closing date.
  • You must submit all mandatory enclosures associated with the application at the same time as your application, ie. they must be uploaded to your online application prior to its submission. These enclosures are listed on the Attachments page within the online application and are detailed below.
  • Please ensure that you leave sufficient time to upload all documents to the system as there can be long delays as the closing deadline approaches and the system will shut down at 12noon precisely on the closing date, 28 February 2022. If your complete application is not fully uploaded when the system closes, with all the requested mandatory enclosures, your application will not be accepted.
  • If you submit your application by the closing deadline, you will receive an automated email advising that your application has been successfully submitted to the system. If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.

Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that ACNI receive the application form and uploaded enclosures by the closing time and date.

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