Underwriting

Image: Dark Horse Festival, Thomas Walmsley Photography.

The next Isle of Man Arts Council funding deadline is the 14th February 2020. Applications which fulfil the specific aims of the National Development Strategy for Culture and the Arts will be given priority funding.

For more information, contact the Arts Team on 694598 or email us on iomartscouncil@gov.im

Our Underwriting Award

Underwriting is a guarantee against loss for a ticketed event. The Isle of Man Arts Council supports artists looking to put on events that enable the community to participate as audience members or develop artistic skills through workshops. This may be music, visual art, film, theatre, dance, spoken or written word etc. that inspires, entertains and engages a wide-ranging audience.

We believe that by supporting groups and individuals, our underwriting award can benefit our community and promote engagement in the arts in the following ways:

1. By supporting workshops that make the arts accessible to a wide-ranging audience (i.e. anyone can have a go).

2. By supporting organisers to put on large scale events that inspire and engage audience members.

Our underwriting exists to support individuals and organisations in their pursuit of either and both of these aims.

We’d love to hear from artists about projects that support our National Strategy Goals (available to read here). The Council particularly welcomes proposals that bring the arts into the community in an engaging and innovative way.

Manx Lit Fest
Manx LitFest is an annual event which takes place in September and is supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council.

Before Applying

Before you start, please carefully read through our Terms and Conditions and Funding Guidelines (available to download here) before you fill in the application, as it offers useful guidance on the type of information we need from you to be able to fairly assess your application. The guidelines should also answer any questions you have about the funding process and how we make our decisions. You may wish to set aside at least 30 minutes to complete the application form. 

You may also wish to read these useful articles aimed to help you build the strongest application you can on our Funding Tips page:

Tips for a first time applicant
What are supporting documents?
Match your application to our National Strategy For Culture and the Arts

Cyclefest
IOM Cyclefest received support for their Flo Stage in 2017 + 2018.

Arts Council Funding Meetings: dates and deadlines

The Isle of Man Arts Council are pleased to announce the re-opening of funding applications on the 1st August. All applicants who intend to apply for funding for 2019 should do so by the 21st August for a funding meeting on the 6th September. Applications which fulfil the specific aims of the National Development Strategy for Culture and the Arts will be given priority funding. For more information, contact the Arts Team on 694598 or email us on iomartscouncil@gov.im

2019 Council Meetings

2020 Council Meetings

How to apply

To apply for our grant funding please fill out our online application form. Please note that you will not be able to submit your application form until you have provided all the necessary information that is required. Please refer back to our ‘Before Applying’ section to review what you’ll need before you start the application.


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