Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Support for Individual Artists Programme (SIAP)
The aim of the overall Support for Individual Artists Programme (SIAP) is to support artists across all disciplines to create work and develop their practice. Broadly, awards can be for specific projects, specialised research or personal artistic development. These guidance notes provide information on how to apply to 3 SIAP schemes – others are also available:
- General Art Awards
- Artists Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES)
- Artists International Development Fund (AIDF)
Each of these has a different focus in terms of the proposal to be funded. You should read the scheme-specific details in the guidance below carefully before application.
Who can apply?
Eligible applicants to SIAP are as follows:
- Artists of all disciplines and in all types of working practice (including DJs) who have made a contribution to artistic activities in Northern Ireland for a minimum period of 1 year within the last 5 years.
- In a limited number of cases, individual technical staff/administrators of professional artistic companies may also be eligible.
- Employees of statutory bodies, undergraduates and postgraduates are eligible to apply but they must prove that the funds which they are seeking are for work/costs which are not properly the concern of their employer and/or are not related to their work or academic study. They must submit evidence of this in the form of a letter on headed paper from their Head of Department.
- In the case of post-graduate students, the letter must clearly state the title of the student’s PhD thesis and include a declaration by the Head of Department. This declaration must state “The project for which funds are being sought does not form part of any academic work undertaken in relation to the above-titled PhD nor will it be assessed as part of any academic course”.
- Applicants undertaking a Masters or a PhD must also include a separate statement which provides information on how the project applied for differs from their Masters or PhD work.
Please note: The Arts Council may use its own judgement in determining this matter.
Eligible applicants must also
- Live in Northern Ireland; and,
- Be at least 18yrs old and not in secondary education.
What you can apply for
Eligible costs vary across schemes but can include:
- Project assistance
- Art materials
- Buying time for own practice/creation of new work.
- Residency costs (AIDF only)
- Artistic or technical fees including those towards production or post-production costs associated with presentation or exhibition of work
- Venue hire e.g. rehearsal space
- Travel costs, including mileage costs (@25.7p per mile) and air travel
- Subsistence costs @£15 per day.
- Technical equipment related to the project/proposal* (equipment requests cannot comprise more than 50% of the value of your request)
- IT Equipment *: (equipment requests cannot comprise more than 50% of the value of your request; a maximum contribution of £1,200 will be made towards laptops and pcs, and £500 towards tablet computers.)
* If you are including costs for technical or creative equipment as part of your application it’s important you tell us:
• why the equipment is necessary for the project and appropriate for your needs
• why buying equipment is more appropriate than hiring it, where applicable
• your plans for continued use of the asset after the end of the project
• your plans for maintenance, storage and insurance, and any additional ongoing costs after the project ends
*If you do not include this information, we may decide not to fund the equipment element of your request.
For more information, visit Arts Council of Northern Ireland