Northern Ireland Screen is funded by Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) and part financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland; the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL); and is delegated by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) to administer Lottery funding in Northern Ireland.
INVEST NORTHERN IRELAND
Invest NI is the economic development agency for Northern Ireland.
Invest NI’s role is to grow the Northern Ireland economy by helping new and existing businesses to improve productivity and help them become more internationally competitive, as well as attracting new investment into Northern Ireland. Invest NI principally supports businesses in the manufacturing and tradeable services sectors.
As an agency of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) Invest NI’s role is to effectively and efficiently deliver the Government’s economic development strategies.
Invest NI delivers strong support to businesses by supporting innovation for global markets; encouraging investment and re-investment in Northern Ireland and stimulating entrepreneurial activity.
In May 2010, Invest NI announced funding of £3.2m for the first year of Northern Ireland Screen’s 4-year Driving Global Growth strategy, the majority being earmarked for the Northern Ireland Screen Fund (development and production funding).
THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE, ARTS AND LEISURE (DCAL)
The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) is responsible in Northern Ireland for setting policy, bringing forward legislation and resourcing the culture, arts and leisure sector.
The work of the Department is divided into four core divisions.
Culture: - responsible for arts and creativity; libraries policy; and language policy.
Sport, Museums and Recreation: - responsible for policies on inland waterways and inland fisheries, museums, sport and lottery; and Northern Ireland's involvement in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Corporate Services: - responsible for issues relating to: Minister's and Permanent Secretary’s Office; Assembly Business; accounts and accountability; governance; internal financial matters; economic services; freedom of information; personnel issues; media relations; and statistics and research.
PRONI: - The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is the official archive for Northern Ireland. It aims to identify and preserve records of historical, social and cultural importance and make them available for the information, education and enjoyment of the public.
The Department also draws on the expertise of the Education and Training Inspectorate.
ROLE OF THE DEPARTMENT
DCAL’s central government role for the culture, arts and leisure sector requires strong, visible leadership and advocacy in:
• the formulation of overall strategy;
• the development and implementation of policy and programmes;
• securing and managing the sector’s resources;
• sponsoring and supporting arms length bodies; and
• administering some activities directly
THE MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT IS:
“To protect, nurture and grow Northern Ireland’s cultural capital by providing strategic leadership and resources for the promotion and sustainable development of the culture, arts and leisure sectors.”
We will do this by
- Ensuring the effective and efficient delivery of high quality culture, arts and leisure services.
- Ensuring the effective provision of strategic leadership to the culture, arts and leisure sectors.
- Ensuring effective governance, oversight, probity, and relationship management with our delivery partners
THE VISION OF THE DEPARTMENT IS:
“A confident, creative, informed and vibrant community”
The role which Culture, Arts and Leisure play in creating a confident, outward looking society is becoming increasingly recognised. Archives, public libraries, museums, arts and sport create a ‘public value’ in their own right and contribute and add value to the Northern Ireland economy, particularly in regard to the creative industries, the knowledge economy and employment.