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The Access and Inclusion programme for cultural venues will now have an annual funding stream for financial support from DCSDC for the primary purpose to improve accessibility of our cultural venues and to contribute to the Community Planning action of “….promoting accessible cultural experiences”.

Before the Access Programme for Cultural venues is activated, it is essential that all cultural venues have an equal footing, thus be in a position to apply for the funding if they so wish.

To ensure this can happen DCSDC is asking for expressions of interest from ALL cultural venues who do not have an accessibility audit achieved for their premises.

Many venues have received an accessibility audit in 2015 through the Access and Inclusion project and these audits will provide a platform of evidence which will support cultural venues’ applications to the Access Programme for Culture Venues.

Who Can Apply?

The following section outlines the eligibility criteria for the Access Programme for Cultural Venues. Your organisation must meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible for this fund:

Your organisation must:

  • Have a board or management committee
  • Be a legally constituted group and supply evidence of this: (eg. Constitution or memorandum and articles of association)
  • Be a cultural organisation. This means that your constitution or memorandum and articles of association (the document that governs how the organisation is run and its purpose) must state that state that arts, heritage, museum or culture is a primary objective of the organisation.
  • Be a non-profit organisation.
  • Have an operational and programming focus in the DCSDC area.
  • Be the owner/lease holder (5 year minimum) of a public venue within the DCSDC area and in which the majority of your arts and cultural programming takes place. You will be required to submit evidence of same.
  • Have up to date annual and management accounts signed as agreed by the board or management committee and supply copies of the same.
  • Hold a bank account in the organisation’s name and provide evidence of this.
  • Hold appropriate and current liability (minimum of £5M) and Employers Insurance (minimum £10M).
  • If relevant, have a child protection policy, vulnerable adult’s policy and equal opportunities policy and keep to relevant laws including the Race Relations (NI) Order 1997, the Sex Discrimination Act 1995 and Autism Act (2011).
  • Be committed to good relations, equal opportunities and section 75 Legislation in terms of policy and delivery of services.
  • Be committed to achieve Disability Charter Status.

Download a copy of the program here

Improving Access to Cultural Venues Programme – Accessibility Audits

Focused on the delivery of a key community planning action “…promoting accessible cultural experiences” the  Improving Access to Cultural Venues is a new fund designed to support our cultural venues achieve Disability Charter Mark status. The fund will focus on capital improvements within cultural venues that are directly related to the findings detailed within an independent access audit.

A number of DCSDC venues have already received their independent accessibility audit as part of the PHA funded Access and Inclusion Programme in 2015.

We are now offering all remaining DCSDC cultural venues the opportunity to avail of a full accessibility audit of their premises in advance of the Improving Access to Cultural Venues Programme launch in September 2017.

The accessibility audits will be provided to cultural venues free of charge.

Expressions of interest for these Accessibility Audits must be received by Wednesday 9th August at 3pm.

Expressions of interest from DCSDC cultural venues should be sent by email to Louise Boyce – Access & Inclusion Officer – [email protected]

For further information and eligibility regarding the accessibility audits please visit www.derrystrabane.com/inclusion

Or contact:

[email protected]
Tel: 028 7125 3253 (ext.4349)
Text Phone: 028 7137 6646
Mobile: 07713707912

This information is available in a number of formats.

For further information on alternative formats please contact tel: 028 71 253253 text phone: 028 71 376646 or e-mail: [email protected]