At LEXXER we have been busy through the pandemic helping others manage and make it through. For many clients the impact of the pandemic and restrictions have been unforeseen and catastrophic. Many cultural tourism and heritage organisations have been forced to close their doors and even behind the scenes work has been disrupted. We have lobbied for support and then assisted groups to access this. We have successfully seen clients access over £500,000 in much-needed support in this time.

The latest source of support is being delivered by the Arts Council and will target one of the worst-hit sectors. From small community-based arts and drama groups to some of the best-known venues in the country it has been a real struggle this year. While decisions will not be known until early 2021 we do see a small light at the end of this tunnel. So speak to one of the team today about the Stability and Renewal Programme for Organisations

Grants of up to £500,000 for organisations working in the arts and cultural sector to help them respond to the impact of coronavirus.

The Stability and Renewal Programme for Organisations delivered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, on behalf of the Department for Communities, is offering grants of up to £500,000.

The funding is available to organisations working in the arts and cultural sector to help them respond to the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, including help with re-opening, adapting and stabilising their organisations in the long-term.


Who can apply
The Stability and Renewal Programme for Organisations is open to:

  • Constituted organisations/companies whose primary purpose relates to the categories below and which carry out the majority of their work in Northern Ireland.
  • Arts, cultural and community venues’ main use must be for one of the categories below and may include arts, cultural and community centres, theatres, galleries, grassroots music venues, comedy venues.
  • Arts, culture and community organisations whose primary role is to create, present or support one (or more) of the following categories:
    • ­dance
    • drama
    • literature
    • music and opera
    • traditional arts
    • visual arts
    • performing arts and theatre
    • festivals and cultural events
    • participatory arts
    • comedy
    • cross art form
    • community arts
    • creative industries in the following segments:
      • independent cinema
      • product design
      • fashion design
      • graphic design
      • crafts
      • TV
      • video
      • photography
      • film
      • radio

Who cannot apply
The following are not eligible to apply:

  • Individuals
  • Broadcasters (excluding community service broadcasters)
  • Government departments
  • Applicants to National Lottery Heritage Recovery Fund
  • Local councils (the Department for Communities will make separate funding arrangements with local councils)

How to apply

The Stability and Renewal Programme for Organisations opens for online applications from 14:00 on Wednesday 28 October.

The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 27 November 2020.

Decisions on awards will be made by Friday 29 January 2021.

Find out more about the scheme and apply online.