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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


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.



Blue Bell Arts courses

Throughout the months Blue bell have offered online training in arts such as Animation/storytelling/ filming & Editing/ Photography/ Oils Painting /Podcasting/ Arts and crafts/Broadcasting & Media. These Videos are available on the Bluebell Arts Derry youtube channel.




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:





University of Leeds

Effective Fundraising and Leadership in Arts and Culture

(online course-Open to global participants)


Learn how to help arts and cultural organisations thrive

As the global funding landscape is changing rapidly, arts and cultural organisations are becoming increasingly concerned about what actions to take.

For more info. See link.







Invest NI: Training Needs Analysis

The coronavirus pandemic is causing unprecedented changes in every industry. 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.





Arts and Business

Board Bank  Business Programme 2020


What is the Board Bank programme?

Board Bank is a long standing and successful programme, founded by Arts & Business NI, which strategically places executive business professionals onto the boards of leading local arts organisations.

 Making use of our unique and unrivalled network of business and arts contacts across the province, applicants will work closely with the A&BNI team to find a position that suits both their personal creative passions and professional expertise. . Applications close on Friday 8th January 2021. For info please go to the link.




Heritage  Compass

In 2020, Cause4 launches Heritage Compass - a brand-new Business Support Programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Working with our consortium partners Creative United and the Arts Marketing Association this new programme has been designed to grow resilience and invigorate the heritage sector across England.Applications for organisations wishing to take part 16th December 2020. The programme will start in late January 2021.




Heritage Compass

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy

Online information session/Q&A


8th December – 12.30 to 13.30


Heritage Compass will support heritage organisations to develop and build on essential skills in leadership, governance, fundraising and business planning. The programme is fully funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and will consist of taught sessions (remote and in person), symposia, mentoring from industry experts, eLearning resources and benchmarking data.

Anyone considering applying to find out more via an online Q&A introducing some of the thinking behind the content. Join David Johnson, Director of Strategy and Programmes at Cause4, and Catherine Elvin, Policy Project Manager at the National Lottery Heritage Fund who will discuss the key challenges facing the sector right now.


Register via