Category: Funding / Awards / Bursaries


Funding | Galway County Council Artist Bursaries and Tyrone Guthrie Residency 2018

Application deadline: 1 March, 4pm

Applications are invited by the Galway County Council Arts Office for the 2018 Artist Bursaries and Tyrone Guthrie Residency. These funds provide funding to individual artists. Galway County Council will offer bursaries to individual artists practicing in any of the artistic disciplines (film, literature, music, visual arts etc).

Galway County Council invites applications from Community and Voluntary Groups and individual Artists for support through the following schemes:

1. Support Scheme for Community Based Economic Development 2018
2. Support Scheme for Community Based Amenities and Services 2018
3. Individual Artist Bursaries & Tyrone Guthrie Residency 2018

Application forms for scheme 3 can be accessed on the Council’s website galway.ie/en/services/artsoffice/funding or email: bcunningham@galwaycoco.ie or by telephoning 091-509584.

Briefing seminars for potential applicants to these funding programmes:
Thursday, February 8th 2.30 pm – 8pm Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo
The schemes presentation with be repeated on a number of occasions throughout the workshop with attendees having an opportunity to discuss their project with a staff member.


Fingal County Council Artists’ Support Scheme 2018

Application deadline: 23 March, 4pm

Fingal County Council is delighted to announce the Artists’ Support Scheme, 2018. This strand of funding which has been increased by 50% this year, allows professional artists to avail of up to €4,000 of an award towards travel and professional development opportunities, a residency, or towards the development of work.

The objective of the Artists’ Support Scheme is to support individual professional artists from Fingal to develop their artistic practise. The award is open to practising artists at all stages in their professional careers working in music, visual art, drama, literature and dance. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have been born, have studied, or currently reside in the Fingal administrative area.

The funding is for projects or initiatives which will take place between 1 June and 31 December 2018.

For further information and application forms please visit www.fingalarts.ie
Contact: denise.reddy@fingal.ie t: 01 890 5733.


Funding | Wicklow County Council Arts Act Award Scheme

Application deadline: Monday 19 February, 12 noon

Wicklow County Arts Office and Wicklow County Council announces the closing date and criteria for its three funding streams in 2018:

• Artist Support Awards Scheme 2018
• Arts Groups / Organisations Awards Scheme 2018
• Arts Festival Awards Scheme 2018

The Arts Grants are offered each year to develop and deliver festivals and arts programmes of high quality and impact. These will enhance and complement the strategic development of the arts in the County. This call is open to artists, arts festival and to arts groups and organisations across all arts disciplines. Proposals should add significant value to arts practice, experience and/or participation in the arts in County Wicklow and support the Council’s strategic goals for the arts.

It is the intention through the extension of these schemes that a diverse range of creative projects will be cultivated for the county, which will nurture artists practice, create connectivity, generate new perspectives and voices within the cultural life of the county and support a myriad of high calibre arts events.

Decisions will be made by Wicklow County Arts Office during March 2018 and applicants will be notified of the Arts Office.
You can download the information from the website wicklow.ie/arts-act-funding.

Any further queries can be directed to wao@wicklowcoco.ie, please use the award name in the subject line. Or call the Programme Coordinators Annette Moloney 086 842 9928 for Artist Support Awards and Liz Kelly 086 3522227 for Arts Festivals and Arts Groups / Organisations Awards.


Stepping Stones Scholarships for non-EU students | MA Festive Arts, University of Limerick

Application deadline: Wednesday 21 February, 4pm

A scholarship fund is available for study on taught MA programmes at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

Stepping Stones Scholarships for Non-EU Students
These scholarships target international students on taught MA programmes at the Academy who have a demonstrable record in a performance and/or academic specialisation relevant to a programme of study at the Academy. Priority will be given to:

  • applicants experiencing demonstrable financial challenge
  • applicants from parts of the world underrepresented at the Academy
  • applicants with projects that resonate with the spirit of the Stepping Stones initiative: equality of arts practices, an
  • interdisciplinary vision, and desire to build bridges between arts practices
  • applicants for programmes with a higher number of available places

Further information on: irishworldacademy.ie/scholarships/


Stepping Stones Scholarships for EU students | MA Festive Arts, University of Limerick

Application deadline: 25 May, 4pm

These scholarships are open to all applicants to taught MA programmes at the Academy. There are three €1,000 general scholarships available. Priority will be given to:

  • applicants experiencing demonstrable financial challenge
  • applicants with projects that resonate with the spirit of the Stepping Stones initiative: equality of arts practices, an
  • interdisciplinary vision, and desire to build bridges between arts practices
  • applicants for programmes with a higher number of available places

Applicants must apply for the programme through the normal university procedures.

In the application form, where a candidate is asked to indicate how they will fund their study, they should indicate that they will be applying for a Stepping Stones scholarship (they should also include other forms of funding as appropriate).

The initial application for the scholarship should be coordinated by the course director of the programme. If a candidate has been offered a place on the programme and wishes to apply for the scholarship, they should send the following to the course director:

(1) A personal letter indicating how their application meets the scholarship criteria
(2) A letter from one of the referees included on their application form, indicating how their application meets the scholarship criteria

Further information on: irishworldacademy.ie/scholarships/


Funding | Galway City Council Arts Grants Scheme 2018 – Organisations

Application deadline: 8 February, 5pm

Galway City Council Arts Office invites applications for the Arts Grant Scheme 2018 which will provide funding towards arts organisations and arts groups for their projects and programmes.
In order to be considered for funding the organisation or group:

• Must operate primarily as an arts organisation
• May be voluntary or professional
• Must operate on a not-for-profit basis
• Must be based in Galway City or operate substantially within the City

Programmes and projects grant aided are in the field of contemporary creative art. Artforms and projects supported include music, film, theatre, dance, visual arts, multi-media, combined arts, literature, architecture, traditional art, arts festivals and arts venues.

The funding is limited and the process is competitive, therefore all applicants may not be successful, nor may the requested amount be awarded.

Grant assistance will be awarded only where applications meet the criteria set down by Galway City Council. Please note that the City Council reserves its right to add to or reduce the value of an award it may make, and to withhold an award at its discretion.
Application forms are available on their website here:
galwaycity.ie/arts-office-information

Individual artist grants and Tyrone Guthrie awards will be open for applications later this month, with an application deadline in April.


Funding | Grants under the Arts Act, Limerick City and County Council

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 21 February, 5pm

Limerick Culture and Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council, is delighted to invite applications for Grants under the Arts Act funding to assist individuals and groups organising and engaging in arts activities in Limerick City and County in 2018.

Guidelines and application form available from:
limerick.ie/grants-under-arts-act-funding

Applications must be submitted, preferably by email, to artsofficesubmissions@limerick.ie
using the reference ‘GUA2018’ as the email subject.

For postal applications please submit to the Limerick Culture and Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick.

Information Sessions:
Please book to reserve your place for our GUA information session on
Friday 9 February in Culture House, 2 Pery Square.
Half hour slots – AM: 11am-1pm & PM: 2pm-4pm
Email: artsoffice@limerick.ie | Phone: 061 525031


Funding | Ards and North Down Borough Council Arts Funds and Bursaries

The deadline for receipt of Bursary applications is Monday 26 February at 12 noon.

Ards and North Down Borough Council currently have various Arts Funds and Bursaries open for applications.

The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Bursary offers a two-week Studio Residency at Ballinglen Arts Foundation OR a place on one of Ballinglen’s Residency Workshops. From painting to printmaking, there is a raft of opportunities on offer at the foundation which is situated in the pretty village of Ballycastle on the sea coast of North County Mayo. The residency is aimed at professional practicing visual artists and crafts people. Artists are provided with accommodation as well as a studio to work in.

Also on offer, are one-week residencies to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig in County Monaghan. Open to arts practitioners in all mediums (eg: visual arts, crafts, literature, music, etc), the aim of the bursary is to assist and encourage both established and emerging artists and give them the opportunity to work intensively on a project alongside others in a very unique environment.

For more information see: ardsarts.com/arts-funding-and-bursaries


Applications Open for Funded Digital Art PhD Studentships, UK

Expressions of interest deadline: 9 February 2018

Funded Digital Art PhD studentships are open to UK and EU applicants who propose to undertake practice-led research in digital art, media, design and/or performance in (or across) named research units at Falmouth University, Plymouth University or UWE Bristol.

The 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training awards up to 10 doctoral studentships each year; its first students began in October 2014.
Applicants must indicate their preference in their application.
Awards are made on the basis of the quality of the application, with no fixed quota assigned to any institution or any of the three main subject areas: digital design, digital media and digital arts (including music and performance). Proposals for interdisciplinary research that cross these permeable subject boundaries are very welcome. All 3D3 thesis projects must be undertaken through a practice-led research methodology.
3D3 doctoral studentships comprise tuition fees at Home/EU rates and, only for award holders deemed UK for fees purposes, a maintenance award (£14,057 per year at 2015/16 rates) tenable for a minimum period of 3 academic years. Part-time studentships comprise tuition fees and a pro-rata maintenance award for a 5 year period.

For more information on how to apply please visit: 3d3research.co.uk/information/3d3-phd-studentships/


Open Call | Stage Design Bursary for Body+Soul Festival, Co. Westmeath

Deadline: 31 January 2018

Body&Soul Festival, taking place on June 22-24 2018 in Ballinlough Castle, Co.Westmeath, are requesting submissions for the design and execution of stage decor for our Midnight Circus stage for 2018-2019.

Successful candidates will be individuals or groups with an exciting resume of stage/ installation design or stage design and visual content production and relevant experience of working within a tight budget and build timeframe with a professional team.

Submissions should contain draft designs and reference images as well as a budget for pre build, installation and event costs. All hardware requirements and transport to site should be included in this and the budget should cover a breakdown of both installation and hardware costs for 1 event.

A written description should accompany the designs along with an installation plan and timeline. Candidates will need to show an understanding of communication requirements with venue lighting providers and event production for the smooth running of multiple shows on this stage.

Please also provide a resume of relevant work with images or video content.
2d and 3d Stage plans are available on request from ​decor@bodyandsoul.ie

Budget: 5,000 Euro
Terms and Conditions apply

bodyandsoul.ie/get-involved/


Open Call | Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme

2018 Deadlines: (Round 1) Monday 26 March | (Round 2) Monday 25 June

Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities of place and/or interest to work together on projects. The Scheme is managed by Create.

The scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts. The projects can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts, e.g. arts and health; arts and cultural diversity; arts and older people; as well as with any communities of interest.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/or interest and artists. It is essential that consultation take place between the artist and the community group, so that both parties are involved in deciding on the nature of the project realisation. Group ownership of the art should be maintained at every stage. The Project Realisation may result in a variety of outcomes.

For information on the Scheme and how to apply please contact
T: 01 473 6600
E: support@create-ireland.ie
W: create-ireland.ie


Open Call | Arts Council Jerome Hynes Fellowship 2018/19

Application deadline: Monday 29 January

The Arts Council is delighted to announce that it will offer a Jerome Hynes Fellowship for 2018/19. The application window is now open for the Jerome Hynes Fellowship 2018/19, an award that aims to develop outstanding cultural leaders for Ireland.

The fellowship is an initiative of the London-based Clore Leadership Programme, which annually attracts in the region of twenty-five exceptional individuals who have the potential to play a significant role across a wide range of cultural activity. The successful candidate will receive a bursary of the equivalent of £15,000 Sterling in addition to a training budget of £7,500 Sterling for costs associated with their individual development programme.

Commencing in September 2018, the recipient of the Jerome Hynes Fellowship will undertake most of their programme over a concentrated seven month period between January and July 2019. In addition to shared learning activities, each Fellow undertakes a customised programme of personal and professional development.

The structure of the programme includes:
• two residential leadership courses
• three-month placement to gain practical experience in a cultural organisation
• bespoke learning opportunities
• individually-selected training, mentoring and coaching.

Fellows take a total of approximately eight months away from work to focus on the programme.

Previous recipients of the award are: Kathleen Turner; Course Director, MA Community Music Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Dylan Haskins, broadcaster and producer; Mags Walsh, Young People, Children and Education Adviser, The Arts Council; Jo Mangan, Director, Performance Corporation; Willie White, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Dublin Theatre Festival; Sharon Murphy, artist and curator; Fiona Kearney, Director of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Cork; and Fearghus Ó’Conchúir, dancer and choreographer.

This Fellowship is open to candidates who live and work in Ireland and who are committed to developing their career as a cultural leader in Ireland.

For further information, and to access the online application form, please visit cloreleadership.org


Funding | Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council Arts Grants Scheme

Application Deadline: 26 January

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council are accepting applications for arts grants to assist arts events, projects or related activities up to £3,000 are now welcomed from Arts Organisations based in LCCC and Individual Artists either born or residing in the LCCC area.

All activities must be not for profit therefore commercial organisations may not apply.

Grant–aid applications will not be considered retrospectively, nor will any group/society be assisted with day to day running costs.

Arts Organisations/Individuals must also apply for funding at least 3 months in advance of the proposed event, project or activity taking place.

For more information contact: lynda.mccord@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk


Funding | Arts and Heritage Grant Aid Programme, Northern Ireland

Application deadline: 31 March

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council are accepting applications for funding from Individuals and groups can be considered for if they are for an activity related to one of the following art forms as recognised by the Arts Council Northern Ireland:
Literature, Language Arts,Traditional Arts, Circus & Carnival Arts, Intercultural Arts, Dance, Drama, Music & Opera, Comedy, Architecture, Craft, Film & TV, Public Art and Visual Arts.

Applications for funding from individuals and groups for heritage projects will be considered if they fit with the following recognised definition of heritage:

Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations.
Cultural heritage includes tangible culture such as buildings, monuments, landscapes, books, works of art and artifacts, intangible culture such as folklore, traditions, language, and knowledge and natural heritage including culturally significant landscapes and biodiversity.

For more information and application details: antrimnewtownabbey.eformz.info


Funding | Belfast City Council – Small Grants

Application deadline: Friday 12 January, 5pm

The following small grants are now open for application through the online funding hub. You’ll also find guidance notes on the funding hub.

  • Community Festivals Fund
  • Arts and Heritage Project Grant
  • Policing and Community Safety Grant
  • Good Relations Grant
  • Summer Intervention Fund
  • Parks Events Grant
  • Community Development Project Grant
  • Community Development Summer Scheme Grant

For more information see: www.belfastcity.gov.uk//grantsandfunding.aspx


Funding | Wicklow County Council Arts Acts Grants 2018

The closing date for all applications: Monday 19 February, 12 noon

Wicklow County Arts Office and Wicklow County Council announces the closing date and criteria for its three funding streams in 2018:
• Artist Support Awards Scheme 2018
• Arts Groups / Organisations Awards Scheme 2018
• Arts Festival Awards Scheme 2018

The Arts Grants are offered each year to develop and deliver festivals and arts programmes of high quality and impact. These will enhance and complement the strategic development of the arts in the County. This call is open to artists, arts festival and to arts groups and organisations across all arts disciplines. Proposals should add significant value to arts practice, experience and/or participation in the arts in County Wicklow and support the Council’s strategic goals for the arts.

It is our intention through the extension of these schemes that a diverse range of creative projects will be cultivated for the county, which will nurture artists practice, create connectivity, generate new perspectives and voices within the cultural life of the county and support a myriad of high calibre arts events.

Decisions will be made by Wicklow County Arts Office during March 2018 and applicants will be notified of the Arts Office.

You can download the information from our website www.wicklow.ie/arts-act-funding.

Any further queries can be directed to wao@wicklowcoco.ie, please use the award name in the subject line. Or call the Programme Coordinators Annette Moloney 086 842 9928 for Artist Support Awards and Liz Kelly 086 3522227 for Arts Festivals and Arts Groups / Organisations Awards.


Open Call | Mozilla Creative Media Grants 2018

Application deadline: 31 December

As part of its Creative Media Grants program, Mozilla is funding art about online privacy and security, and accepts submissions for 2018.

Mozilla is seeking artists, media producers, and storytellers who share that belief — and who use their art to make a difference in raising awareness about surveillance, tracking, and hacking.

The Mozilla Creative Media Grants program awards grants ranging from $10,000 to $35,000 for films, apps, storytelling and other forms of media that explore topics like mass surveillance and the erosion of online privacy.

The audiences for the submitted work should be primarily in Europe and Latin America. However, producers​ from all parts of the world are eligible to submit applications and seek funding.

Mozilla encourage​s applications​ from​ producers​ at​ any​ stage​ of​ their​ career,​ producing​ in any format that​ is​ available​ on​ the​ web.

For more information and application details: blog.mozilla.org/funding-art-about-online-privacy-and-security/


Funding | Arts Council Project Awards

Application deadline: Thursday 15 February, 5pm

The Arts Council will offer Project awards in the following:

  • Arts Participation
  • Circus
  • Dance
  • Film
  • Music
  • Street Arts and Spectacle
  • Traditional Arts
  • Theatre

The Arts Council’s Project awards support specific project activities under each of the above artform/arts practice areas. The Visual Arts Project Award deadline is in August.

The award guidelines for each award can be downloaded from the available funding section of the Arts Council’s website from mid December: http://www.artscouncil.ie/available-funding

Who can apply:
The award is open to individuals and organisations.

Who cannot apply:
Organisations in receipt of grant funding for 2018 cannot apply. This means organisations in receipt of Strategic Funding, Venues Funding or Partnership Funding.

NOTE: you cannot make an application for both Project Funding and Arts Grant Funding in 2018.


Open Call | Henry Vaughan Fellowship, Public Engagement Department, NGI

Closing date for receipt of applications: 18 December, 4pm

The National Gallery of Ireland wishes to recruit a Henry Vaughan Fellow on a 12 month fixed term contract. Reporting to the Senior Marketing and Engagement Manager (or his/her nominated deputy).

The National Gallery of Ireland is Ireland’s major national cultural institution devoted to the collection and care of fine art. Comprising some 16,000 paintings, drawings, watercolours, miniatures, prints, sculpture and decorative arts, the institution’s extensive holdings include masterpieces by many of the most celebrated figures in the history of western European art. In addition, the Gallery houses the most representative collection of historic Irish art.

Salary: €20,000 per annum
Duration: 12 month fixed term contract

How to apply: Please send a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, degree transcript to jobopportunities@ngi.ie or alternatively via post to the Ms. Michelle Serviss, HR Partner, National Gallery of Ireland, 89 Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. References (contact details) must be available upon request. Please state only Henry Vaughan Fellowship application.

For full job description and requirements see: nationalgallery.ie/HENRYVAUGHANFELLOWSHIP_.pdf


Open Call | Máire MacNeill Sweeney Fellowship, The National Gallery of Ireland

Closing date for receipt of applications: 18 December, 4pm

The National Gallery of Ireland wishes to recruit a Máire MacNeill Sweeney Fellow in the Curatorial Department on a 12 month fixed term contract. Reporting to the Head Curator (or his/her nominated deputy), the Curatorial Fellow will serve as an integrated member of the Curatorial Department.

The National Gallery of Ireland is Ireland’s largest national cultural institution devoted to the collection and care of fine art. The Gallery’s collection comprises some 16,000 artworks, including masterpieces by many of the most celebrated figures in the history of Western art. In addition, the Gallery houses the most comprehensive collection of historic Irish art, and the National Portrait Collection. Its collections of art and archives are invaluable resources for anyone with an interest in art, history and Western culture.

Salary: €20,000 per annum
Duration: 12 months fixed term contract

How to apply: Please send a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, degree transcript to jobopportunities@ngi.ie or alternatively via post to the Ms. Michelle Serviss, HR Partner, National Gallery of Ireland, 89 Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. References (contact details) must be available upon request. Please state only Máire MacNeill Sweeney Fellow application.

For full description and requirements see: nationalgallery.ie/MáireMacNeillSweeneyFellowship.pdf