The Shared History Fund launches this week, with the Government making available £1million to support the engagement of a wide range of arts, heritage, voluntary, community and other non-profit organisations with the history of the centenary of Northern Ireland.
The Shared History Fund is part of the Government’s New Decade, New Approach commitments around marking the centenary of Northern Ireland in a spirit of mutual respect, inclusiveness and reconciliation. The Fund criteria have been developed to encourage applications from a diverse range of organisations who wish to facilitate wider public engagement with this significant national anniversary in innovative and creative ways. The funding will be distributed by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and is available to organisations across the UK. It will support the work of arts, heritage, voluntary, community and other non-profit organisations, many of whom have faced significant funding challenges as a result of the COVID pandemic.
The creation of Northern Ireland paved the way for the formation of the United Kingdom as we know it today – it is a moment of profound national significance. This anniversary represents a key milestone in the Decade of Centenaries and provides an opportunity to reflect on our shared history in a respectful and inclusive way.
Speaking ahead of today’s announcement, Robin Walker MP, Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office, said:
Paul Mullan, Director, Northern Ireland, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:
Organisations can apply for funding from today. Detailed criteria and guidance can be found here