The Covid Recovery Programme Employment & Skills Initiative

The Covid Recovery Programme Employment & Skills Initiative will provide funding for the next three years for grants to support individuals and not-for-profit organisations with costs for a variety of new or enhanced roles within the Arts, Heritage, Creative Industries, Sports and Voluntary and Community sectors.

The Initiative will fund the salaries and associated costs of new entry level employment opportunities and host organisations’ support costs in Not for Profit organisations for those of working age (18 years+).

The scheme also aims to provide funding for training and upskilling of existing employees in key roles within the affected sectors, in an effort to incentivise staff to remain in and develop their career in these sectors and assist the sectors to fully recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

The initiative has been designed in close partnership with key partners in the voluntary & community, sports, arts, heritage and creative industries sectors.

The delivery partners who will deliver the scheme are:

Future Screens NI, working in partnership with the Arts Council, is inviting applications from arts organisations.

Heritage Fund (support for Heritage Organisations) 

The Rank Foundation (support for Voluntary and Community Sector AND Sport organisations)

The BBC, working in partnership with NI Screen, will be working with partners to recruit aspiring new entrants to the creative industries. Further information on an exciting new scheme to help individuals join the Creative Industries will be announced soon by BBC Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen.

All organisations across these sectors should consult the delivery partners’ websites and social media platforms for further information on opening dates, closing dates, pre-application information, eligibility and assessment criteria, guidance and application forms.

Sectoral organisations should apply through the channel that best reflects their primary purpose.  Some may fit within more than one primary purpose, but it will be for the applicant organisation to select only one delivery partner. 

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