Sign Language COVID-19 Support Fund

£430,000 of funding will be available to support the survival, maintenance and sustainability of the sign language sector impacted by COVID-19 through the support of community based activities and the development of new avenues for participation and engagement through the pandemic. 

This information is also available in Sign Language, via the below links:

Application for Funding

Applications for funding open at 9am on Wednesday 4 November 2020 and close at 5pm on Tuesday 1 December 2020.

Applications are invited from:

  • self-employed individuals (for example, tutors, translators, interpreters, technical support staff and sign language researchers)
  • and community and linguistic organisations

You will need to demonstrate that a significant part of your income is from sign language practice and that you are currently experiencing difficulties due to work restrictions imposed by COVID-19 protocols.

  • Organisations who have worked to promote BSL/ISL and sign language development can apply for financial support for initiatives which meet the criteria.

Activities eligible for support include:

  • Capacity building - including leadership development, marketing and business sustainability,
  • Digital enhancement for on-line learning and promotion and modifications to events, plans and equipment to ensure COVID public health compliance. 

Eligible areas for funding include:

  • To deliver a COVID Relief and Recovery Fund to mitigate loss of income and contribute to core running costs for organisations and self-employed interpreters, translators, tutors and session workers which may include funding for professional body fees and small equipment purchases to enable transition to online working eg headsets, blue screens etc.
  • To increase sector’s capacity to deliver support through BSL/ISL.
  • To support Online Family Sign Language Courses and accredited BSL/ISL courses which provide for continued and enhanced employment opportunities for Deaf tutors, session workers.
  • To develop the sector’s capacity for sustainability and renewal during and post-COVID restrictions.
  • To facilitate digitisation of BSL/ISL cultural and linguistic material for open online release;
  • To assist the development of social media/online Interpretation/Translation of Covid-19 information through BSL/ISL.

To obtain an application form please email: Languages.Branch@communities-ni.gov.uk

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