CCA Supports


CCA Supports is our programme that is aimed at supporting emerging artistic practice as well as artists at any stage of their career.

During these unprecedented times we are using this page as a resource to share the latest information on health and safety as well as financial support schemes and creative initiatives that may be helpful for artists and others.

These 1-2-1 surgeries are for artists who want to chat about their work, or receive critical and practical advice such as funding application feedback with CCA’s Director Catherine Hemelryk.

We will have four slots available per day, each lasting for 25 minutes. Slots are available on Wednesdays 10 & 17 August, 3–5pm for 25 minutes with spots available beginning at 3pm, 3:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm. The Zoom invitation will be sent to participants in advance of their time slots.

For any further information, contact us on

Book your free spot for this event through our online shop.

NI Executive current guidelines recommend:
  • book a test and self-isolate if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • take an LFD test if you've been identified as a close contact and self-isolate if you haven't been fully vaccinated
  • wash your hands
  • wear a face-covering
  • keep your distance from others
  • limit your contacts - this includes the amount of social contact you have with other households
  • avoid large gatherings and busy places
  • spend time outdoors rather than indoors
  • don’t travel to or from places with higher COVID-19 infection rate

You must self-isolate if:

  • you have symptoms of Coronavirus (you can end isolation after a negative PCR result)
  • you have tested positive for Coronavirus (10 days isolation with potential to release early from day 6 – see below)
  • you’re a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and you are not fully vaccinated

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should begin self-isolating and book a PCR test. These are available for free.

For more frequent updates and full information, click here.

Click here for a .docx of a template invoice for your own use. If you need the sample invoice in another format, email us on

An access rider is a document that outlines your disability access needs.

You might make one so that you can give it to galleries/institutions/organisations when you start working with them on a project, such as a gallery you’re doing a show at for example, to let them know what your limitations and requirements are to make sure you have equal access to work. You can find more details on what access riders are and what to include in your own here.

Download your template for creating an access rider created by Disability Arts Online here.

Volunteering North West are putting people in touch with local organisations who are working collectively to ensure that the most vulnerable are supported. Visit their website to sign up.

Derry Community Drive is a Facebook Group that has been set up for people to ask for help if they need and to support one another. You can join the group via Facebook here.

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses, including support from HMRC for businesses and self-employed people including grants, rates relief, deferring tax, job retention schemes and packages for reclaiming pay for sickness absence due to COVID-19.

Please check the full details of each scheme, as some are not available in NI. Click here for more information on eligibility and when each scheme is open for submissions.

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) offers support and financial help so you can do suitable work if you are able to. It gives you access to a Work Coach and services including employment, training and condition management support to help you manage your illness or disability at work.

You may be able to claim ESA if any of the following apply:

  • your Statutory Sick Pay has ended or you can't get it
  • you're employed, self-employed, unemployed or a student on Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
  • you've been getting Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) and have not gone back to work for your employer because you've an illness or disability which affects your ability to work
  • you are under State Pension age
  • you are not getting Jobseeker’s Allowance

Click here for full details and how to apply for ESA.

The Department for Communities has updated the online information for Universal Credit, Carers' Allowance, housing support, etc.

Click here for full details.

You will find the most current information from ACNI on advice and support, funding schemes, etc can be found here.

The details and deadlines for live funding schemes can be found here.

VANI have moved online. For the latest list of events keep an eye on their website here.

The Help-Desk online will be running online every Wednesday. These 30-minute web chats are free for VANI members, £5 for non-members. Booking is available here. For VAI events visit here for further information.

Support freelancers: “Create an emergency fund to support freelancers with Coronavirus income loss.” A petition launched by Creative Industries Federation.

Public Health Agency guidance: click here

UK Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) action plan: click here

Independent Arts Projects:
Covid-19 Links to Advice and support for Arts Workers

HM Treasury: Budget 2020 – Support for those affected by COVID-19

The Department of Economy has partnered with the Open University and are offering a wide range of free training to those who have become unemployed or who on furlough leave due
to Corona virus. Some of the areas include:
– Digital skills
– Cyber Security
– Communication
– Leadership
– Essential skills – English and Maths.

You can undertake training during Furlough without it creating a break in the furlough leave, just a reminder that when undertaking training you must be paid at least the national minimum/living wage rate.
Here is the link to access the training here.

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is continuing to distribute funds from its COVID-19 appeal through its Local Action Fund to a range of charity partnerships offering support to some of the UK’s most at risk groups.

To apply for crowdfunding, click here.

In response to COVID-19, the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is making emergency funding available to registered charities and constituted groups which have been adversely affected by the crisis. The Small Community Grants Programme will provide funding of up to £2,500 to help organisations react to the pandemic, prepare to reopen or adapt services accordingly, and to restore/renew in order to enable ongoing service provision. Funding can be used for projects which must commence within the next three months, and can be used to cover core costs such as salaries, administrative costs and general running costs of projects. Organisations must have an income of less than one million. Applications can be made on a rolling basis.

For details and how to apply for a grant, click here.

Visual Arts Ireland has compiled an information page that covers advice on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) scheme here.

Up-to-date details for funding opportunities for individuals and organisations are available here.

For the latest Culture Ireland grants, click here.