Funding has been announced for the creative sector and a zero emission maritime study in Northern Ireland.
Funding for the creative sector
A statement posted on Communities-ni.go.uk said: “A £ 5million fund to prevent the loss of talent and expertise of individuals and freelancers working in the creative sector has been launched by the Minister of the Deirdre Hargey Communities.
“The Creative Individuals Recovery program, which opens today at noon, will provide a grant of up to £ 2,000 per eligible individual application, including DJs, artists, performers, sound and lighting technicians, writers, event managers and many other professionals who have been affected due to public health restrictions on the creative sector.
“There is evidence that the creative sectors depend heavily on the self-employed and that many have already left the sectors because of the pandemic, those who still face the vulnerability of jobs and the unaffordable costs of restoring their creative practice.
“Minister Hargey said,“ I have listened to the recommendations of the Culture, Arts and Heritage Recovery Task Force, and I have also engaged with the sector. As a result, today I am launching a support program to provide grants to individuals to encourage them to stay in the creative arts sector.
“” The culture, language, arts and heritage sectors have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 restrictions as they are heavily dependent on the ability of people to come together, which is why the executive has provided £ 13million in 2021/2022 to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.
“There is a risk that the self-employed and the self-employed will be forced out of the creative sectors due to the pandemic. As sectors are highly dependent on individuals, this could destabilize the sector and the benefits it provides, including social, economic This new £ 5million funding program aims to prevent the loss of sector skills for the self-employed and self-employed and to protect the sector for the future.
“This fund will help cover the costs of reactivating, maintaining and improving their creative profession, vocation or profession. It is designed to prevent individuals, along with their talents and expertise, from leaving the creative economy; and help them restore their contribution to the important benefits that these sectors provide.
“Welcoming the funding, the Chair of the Culture, Arts and Heritage Restoration Working Group, Rotha Johnston, said:. Many have been denied the opportunity to use their skills, perform or practice their art in the past 18 months. The task force is unanimous in the view that support for individuals is essential to protect the viability of sectors in the future. The conclusions and recommendations of the working group were developed following extensive engagement with people from all sectors and our conclusion is that this public investment in culture, arts and heritage will bring significant benefits to individuals, to society and the economy in the short, medium and long term. . ‘
The fund, co-designed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) with the Department for Communities, will be provided by the Arts Council. For more information on how to apply, including eligibility criteria , please visit http: // artscouncil-ni .org / funding / for-individuals.
“D / deaf and disabled artists will be supported via a separate award via ACNI to Atypical University which regularly supports this particular cohort, to ensure that artists with special needs are appropriately supported throughout of the application process.
“The device is open until October 6, 2021 at 12 noon.”
Funding of the zero-emission maritime study
Meanwhile, a statement posted on belfastharbour.co.uk said: “The Northern Ireland Green Seas consortium has received £ 398,096 from the UK Department for Transport to study ways to decarbonize shipping in Northern Ireland. onshore electricity and hydrogen-powered ships as part of the UK’s goal of reaching net zero by 2050.
“The NI Green Seas consortium project is led by Power NI, which is part of the Energia group, in collaboration with local partners Belfast Harbor, Artemis Technologies, NIE Networks, Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast and the global engineering company Mott MacDonald, was among the winners of the £ 20million UK-wide clean maritime demonstration competition announced earlier today (Wednesday 15e September).
Welcoming today’s funding announcement, Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said: ‘I have pressured the UK government to fund climate action and I welcome the NI Green Seas success in securing this investment. NI Green Seas builds on the work of the larger Belfast Maritime Consortium, ensuring Belfast is rapidly becoming a world leader in zero emission maritime technology.
“‘This feasibility study will harness the expertise and investment of local businesses, universities and government, and lay the groundwork for future infrastructure projects and support local economic growth, providing comprehensive solutions for maritime transport sustainable and clean port infrastructure. ‘
“The consortium’s research objective will assess the needs of different maritime sites, a major freight and transport port like Belfast Harbor, a smaller marina like Bangor Marina and a remote island like Rathlin.
“Low carbon solutions will include battery energy storage to support electrified vessel charging and cargo handling, green hydrogen production and refueling, shore power grid infrastructure for material handling freight and renewable energy supply.
William Steele, Director of Client Solutions at Power NI, said: “As a lead partner in this exciting project, we are delighted to be working with some of Northern Ireland’s leading companies and academic institutions to undertake this study and assist to position Northern Ireland at the forefront of the transition to zero maritime emissions.
“This project will build on our work to date with Translink leading the supply of green hydrogen to double-decker buses in Belfast using renewable energy. Harnessing the renewable resources and technological capacity of Northern Ireland, the NI Green Seas project will serve as a model for the future of sustainable and environmentally friendly shipping. ‘
“Ian Lang, Director of Sustainability and Infrastructure at Belfast Harbor, said:“ The ambition of Belfast Harbor is to become a leading green port. We are committed to achieving zero net carbon emissions from our operations by 2030 and we are already taking steps to digitize, decarbonize and decentralize our energy use, purchasing all of our electricity from low carbon sources and by introducing the use of electric vehicles in our fleet.
“As a socially responsible Trust Port, we integrate sustainability into every part of our business, to further reduce pollution, and to protect and enhance our natural environment. We are excited to be part of the Northern Ireland Green Seas consortium, and are watching I look forward to seeing how the results of this study on decarbonizing shipping can accelerate our journey to sustainability and support economic growth and jobs in this sector. sector.’
David Tyler, Commercial Director and Co-Founder of Artemis Technologies, a partner of NI Green Seas and Head of the larger Belfast Maritime Consortium, said: ‘Driven by our mission to decarbonize shipping not only in the UK but around the world, Artemis Technologies leads the Belfast Maritime Consortium, which works to develop new zero-emission vessels and create the green shipping systems of the future.
“The work of Northern Ireland Green Seas will be invaluable in gaining a clear understanding of the infrastructure and energy needs that will help make this goal a reality.
“By harnessing digital twin technology, we will establish detailed real-life scenarios in a range of different maritime environments. “
“Today’s funding announcement follows the award last year of a £ 33million Strength in Places grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to Belfast Maritime Consortium, which is working on the development of high-speed electric ferries that will revolutionize the future of shipping. “
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