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Creative Industries Innovation Fund 2012/13 open for applications

The Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF), run by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, with funding from DCAL and supported by Northern Ireland Screen and Digital Circle aims to stimulate innovation, R&D and creativity in the economy, and encourage export focused growth, by developing the creative industries.

The 3rd round of CIIF funding opens for applications today, Monday 16th January, and is open to ALL sectors within the Creative Industries wishing to deliver project that will develop commercially viable content, products, services and experiences. All projects must be completed by 31st March 2013.

Who can apply?

ALL those, including Sectoral Development Bodies, working within the Creative Industries are eligible to apply in this round of CIIF 2.

Sectoral Development Bodies are defined as
“organisations whose core purpose facilitates development of the creative industries through innovative initiatives that enhance the infrastructure, knowledge and people with the creative industries sector.”
Local Authorities and Institutes of Further and Higher Education can be considered as sectoral development bodies under CIIF 2.

Pre-application advice workshops

The Arts Council wishes to ensure that all applicants receive an equal opportunity to submit an eligible application with a viable proposal that meets CIIF 2 criteria. To ensure eligibility, inclusion of all required documentation is also essential.

They would therefore like to invite applicants to attend a pre-application advice workshop to discuss their proposed projects.

Belfast Workshops
Dates - 23rd & 26th January, 2nd,6th & 9th February 2012
Times - 9.30am -1pm & 2pm – 4.30pm
Venue - ACNI, MacNeice House, 77 Malone Road, Belfast

Derry Workshops
Date – 31st January 2012
Times – 10am -1pm & 1pm - 4pm
Venue – Magazine Studios, Magazine Street, Derry, BT48 6HJ

Please contact Beverly Coomber on 028 9038 5271 or email to book your place.

These workshops will be facilitated on a one-to-one basis by the Arts Council, Northern Ireland Screen, Craft NI and Digital Circle. Each workshop will be limited to 25 minutes.

Attendance at a workshop is not compulsory, but is strongly recommended.
Further workshops or roadshows may be added if there is a significant demand.

Funding allocation

  • A minimum of 80% of all available funding for awards in CIIF 2 will be allocated to creative businesses, and a maximum of 20% to sectoral development bodies
  • All awards to businesses will not exceed £10,000 
  • Awards to sectoral development bodies are capped at £20,000
NB It is not essential to have a digital content element to your proposal.

CIIF2 Awards are made to strengthen the ability of the applicant to contribute to the NI economy through creativity and innovation. This refers not only to products, but also to the development of the business for longer term success.

Sectoral Development Bodies must demonstrate, within their proposal, how their project will help businesses achieve a defined return on investment and potential for sustainability

ALL Business Applicants MUST demonstrate within their proposal a defined return on investment and potential for sustainability e.g. creation of jobs, increased turnover or profitability, delivery of cost efficiencies.

How to apply

CIIF application forms are available online or to download from the Arts Council website.

Full CIIF guidance notes are available for download here.

It is strongly recommended that you contact the relevant sectoral body before submitting your application, as it must demonstrate how your proposal meets their strategic aims and objectives:

Northern Ireland Screen
(t) 028 9023 2444

Digital Circle
(t) 028 9045 0101

Application deadline is 4pm Thursday, 23rd February 2012. Decisions will be made by the end of May 2012.
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