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Government Schemes providing support for Businesses

Derry City and Strabane District Council have provided a list of current Government Schemes which provide help and support for businesses and the self employed in response to COVID-19.

Government Schemes


Events Safety Service  Ireland

Our #EventInsights webinar series features some amazingly experienced event professionals, all giving freely of their time and experience to introduce you to some fascinating, niche areas of the event industry.

on site is the current programme of webinars. They are regularly adding to the programme as sessions are confirmed. Check regularly to see the newly-added webinars.

 First Case Study Webinar.

delivery of the Virgin Money Unity Arena in Newcastle.




Event Safety




Ben Crabb is the Event Safety Consultant is working on the planning and reported as the 'UK's 1st socially-distanced venue', they are delivering a series of shows through to September.


European Creatives Unite Platform

A European On-line Resource Platform for the Artistic and Creative Community during COVID-19. Good practice, research, surveys, events, advocacy initiatives, tool and resources, funding and co-operations opportunities.


European Creatives Unite Platform

A European On-line Resource Platform for the Artistic and Creative Community during COVID-19. Good practice, research, surveys, events, advocacy initiatives, tool and resources, funding and co-operations opportunities.


Online Digital Skills Courses

From Presentation Skills to Social Media and Creating Great Online Content, the Department for Education have launched Skills Toolkit, a new online platform giving people easy access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help them build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.

DfE has consulted some of the country’s leading educational experts and employers to make up a collection of high quality resources to suit a range of interests and skill levels including beginners, intermediate and advanced courses. These are all short courses that can be completed at home, in your own time, at your own pace.



Film and Editing Techniques on your i-phone

Conor McClean introduces you to basic film and editing techniques using what is in your iphone. In this video series Conor will explain which apps can be downloaded and used for android phones too. (completely free)

Videos are available on the Bluebell Arts Derry youtube channel


Programme for InterCultural Arts Support - Two year programme

The Programme for InterCultural Arts Support (PICAS)  supports the delivery of key areas of the Arts Council Intercultural Arts Strategy. Designed by CAP to encourage and foster initiatives in the intercultural arts arena.  This two year programme designed to assist communities and individuals, artists and activists. For further information contact Charo Lanao (PICA) on [email protected]


Covid 19 Compliance Officer Training

The Construction Industry Federation are delivering certified online instruction for Covid-19 Compliance Officers. While construction based, the training is relevant to event organisers and event build and break crew. For further information and to access please visit:




Learning Day for Ireland 30 September 2020



Planning is underway to run  “A Learning day for Ireland” on 30 September to include all the learning cities across the island of Ireland – Belfast, Dublin, Limerick, Cork and of course Derry and Strabane.   The NW Learning Fund will have some funding available for these submissions .



Future Learn : Learn new skills online with top educators


Learn 100% online with world-class universities and industry experts. Develop your career, learn a new skill, or pursue your hobbies with flexible online courses.




Invest NI: Training Needs Analysis

The coronavirus pandemic is causing unprecedented changes in every industry. Some organisations are continuing to deliver their products and services with minimal disruption, but most are facing upheaval and uncertainty.

This Training Needs Analysis tutorial is designed to help you identify the skills you need to teach your staff to strengthen your business during the crisis and to prepare for the end of the lockdown. We will give you details on how to raise a request for follow-on support at the end of this tutorial.



Online study: Understanding Mental Health: Continuum, Culture and Social Media


Enhance your knowledge of mental health and mental illness and develop your understanding of the mental health continuum



Support & Guidance  for Theatre & Live Performance Technicians

The Association of British Theatre Technicians have an available resource of training and guidance for technical staff as well as relevant COVID 19 resources, online training courses, events and activities that people are offering remotely, via Skype, phone or live streamed.

ABTT is a Charity and membership organisation aiming to raise technical standards in theatre and live performance.



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Young Programmers Training Course

Nerve Centre

Wed 1st Jul 12:00am - Thu 1st Oct 12:00am (BST)


Ones to Watch invites young people aged 17-25 to take part in new series of online film workshops and events running from July to October online. This young programmers group has been an essential experience for young filmmakers, students of film and media and event promoters who want to learn the business of film and how to make the most of your brand.

Ones to Watch young programmers group is a Nerve Centre project supported by National Lottery through BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub NI.




Learning Day for Ireland supported by the Irish Network of Learning Cities




Funding is available from the Northwest Community Foundation for a series of learning videos to help support people seeking employment, through training & learning.Successful training will be delivered at online Learning Day for Ireland, 30th Sept 2020! To find out more or to submit a video







The Covid-19 Recovery Revitalisation Programme

Business Grant Scheme


Funding from the Department for Communities and DAERA will be rolled out to support Retail, Hospitality and Cultural/ Heritage businesses/organisations across the Council area to help them put in place new measures to encourage customers back to their business. Under the scheme, businesses can apply individually for up to £3000 and as part of a collaborative group of at least 5 businesses up to £25000 this is to assist them with reopening purchase of equipment and encourage trade. To learn more check the link.