Category: Funding / Awards / Bursaries


Stepping Stones Scholarships | MA Festive Arts Programme

27612263346_de15c33c91_kThe Irish World Academy has several Stepping Stones scholarships available for EU and non-EU students – students who wish to join the MA Festive Arts programme can apply for these scholarships. The MA Festive Arts programme, based at the University of Limerick, is a one-year, full-time programme exploring cultural management, festival development and production, curating and programming.

A full description of the programme can be found here: www.ul.ie/graduateschool/course/festive-arts-ma or contact Niamh NicGhabhann for more details niamh.nicghabhann@ul.ie

The deadline for the non-EU scholarships is 4pm, Friday 24 February. The deadline for EU scholarships is 4pm, Friday 26 May.

For full details of the scholarships scheme – please visit www.irishworldacademy.ie/stepping-stones-scholarship/


Funding | Fingal County Council Artists’ Support Scheme 2017

Deadline: 24 March, 4pm.

Fingal County Council is pleased to announce the 2017 Artists’ Support Scheme. This strand of funding 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 seeks to provide time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their artistic practice.

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 2017.

For Guidelines and Application Form see: fingalarts.ie/fingal-arts-office/bursaries-funding


Funding | Wicklow County Council Artist Support Scheme 2017

Deadline: Friday 17 February, 12 noon

Wicklow County Arts Office, Wicklow County Council announces the criteria and closing date for its three funding streams in 2017; the Artist Support Scheme, Arts Groups and Organisations Bursaries and the Arts Festival Fund. It is our intention through the extension of these schemes that rich and diverse 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.

For Guidelines and Application Form see: http://www.wicklow.ie/artist-support-scheme-2017

For further information contact: wao@wicklowcoco.ie or 0404 20155.


Funding | Galway County Council Community Support Scheme 2017

Deadline: Thursday 23 February, 4pm

Under the Community Support Scheme (Arts Category), Galway County Council will support events or activities of community/voluntary or professional organisations which stimulate public interest in the arts, promote the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts, or assist in improving the standards of the arts in County Galway.

For Guidelines and Application Form see: www.galway.ie/artsoffice/funding/communitysupport/

For more information, please contact:
Breeda Cunningham on 091 509584 or email bcunningham@galwaycoco.ie


Fingal County Council Artists’ Support Scheme 2017

Closing date for receipt of applications: 24 March 2017, 4pm

Fingal County Council is pleased to announce the 2017 Artists’ Support Scheme. This strand of funding 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 practice. The award seeks to provide time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their artistic practice.
The award is open to practicing 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 2017.

Contact: denise.reddy@fingal.ie or rory.obyrne@fingal.ie, T: 01 890 5099
For further information and application forms please visit www.fingalarts.ie


Funding | Limerick City and County Council Arts Grants 2017

Application deadline: Tuesday 28 February, 5pm

Limerick 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 2017.

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS ONLY ONE ROUND OF GRANTS UNDER THE ARTS FUNDING THIS YEAR.

Applications must be submitted, preferably by email, to artsofficesubmissions@limerick.ie
using the reference ‘GUA2017’ as the email subject.

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

Application Form and Guidelines for 2017 can be downloaded here: us3.campaign-archive2.com/

Enquires to: Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick.
T: 061 407363 / 407421 | E: artsoffice@limerick.ie | W:  www.limerick.ie/council


Funding | Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme 2017

2017 Deadlines:

(Round 1) Monday 27 March

(Round 2) Monday 26 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 (such as anglers, environmentalists, hikers or chess players).

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 further information on the Scheme visit Create website: www.create-ireland.ie
or email Katherine Atkinson, Professional Development, support@create-ireland.ie


Galway County Council Community Support Scheme

Closing Date for receipt of completed application forms is:  Thursday 23 February 2017, 4pm

Under the Community Support Scheme (Arts Category), Galway County Council will support events or activities of community/voluntary or professional organisations which stimulate public interest in the arts, promote the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts, or assist in improving the standards of the arts in County Galway.

For more information, please contact:

Breeda Cunningham on 091 509584 or email bcunningham@galwaycoco.ie
www.galway.ie/en/services/artsoffice/funding/communitysupport/


Funding | Applications Open for Wicklow Co Co Artists Support Scheme 2107

Deadline: 17 February 2017, 12 noon

Artist Support Scheme 2017.
Wicklow County Arts Office, Wicklow County Council announces the criteria and closing date for its three funding streams in 2017; the Artist Support Scheme, Arts Groups and Organisations Bursaries and the Arts Festival Fund. It is our intention through the extension of these schemes that rich and diverse 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.

Important Please Note:
As with 2016, in 2017 there will be a merged countywide application process for these funds. This is to reflect the strategic shift in local government in the development of Municipal Districts in place of Town Councils. This means that where previously, arts organisations or individuals may have applied to a Town Council or both Wicklow County Council and a Town Council. Funding from all of the previous Town Council areas for the arts has now been centralised through the Arts Office. Budgets and funding have been adjusted accordingly to reflect this. There is now one streamlined application process to take place in January & February of 2017 for all applicants. This includes individual artists, arts organisations and arts festivals.

For more information please visit:  www.wicklow.ie/artist-support-scheme-2017


Funding | Tipperary County Council Arts Grants and Schemes 2017

Tipperary County Council Arts Office wishes to announce the following grant schemes:

  • Tipperary Artists Awards
  • Tyrone Guthrie Bursary
  • Local Drama Scheme
  • Blás International Summer School for Traditional Irish Music and Dance
  • Young Music Bursary

Closing Date for Applications: Friday 10 March, 4pm


  • Artist in Primary School Scheme 2017.

Tipperary County Council invites submissions for the Artist in Primary Schools Scheme 2017, which is open to all primary schools in Tipperary.
Closing Date for Applications: Friday, 17 February, 4pm


  • Arts Act Grant Scheme, 2017

Closing Date for Applications: Friday 3 March, 4pm


Please refer to individual Grants Scheme for Guidelines and eligibility.
Full details available at www.tipperarycoco.ie/arts

Queries to mary.quigley@tipperarycoco.ie or 0761 06 5000


Burren College of Art Scholarships Available for Postgraduate Applicants in 2017

Deadline: 1 February

Burren College of Art is pleased to announce two new scholarships for eligible postgraduate applicants to our PhD, MFA/MA and Post-Baccalaureate programs with an entry date of Fall 2017.

  • BCA Merit Scholarship

The BCA Merit Scholarship is awarded to postgraduate applicants who demonstrate exceptional merit, commitment and financial need. The Scholarship awards bursaries ranging from 10-50% of Full Time tuition remission for all postgraduate programs (Irish, EU, and International rates and PhD, MFA/MA and Post-Baccalaureate). Part Time or Hybrid PhD degree programs are not eligible. To be considered for the BCA Merit Scholarship, you must have submitted your completed application to the College by February 1 for entry in the forthcoming Fall semester and be prepared to provide documentation of financial need (i.e. tax returns). The scholarship is not automatically renewable, and successful PhD/MFA awardees will need to re-apply for the scholarship annually.

  • The Bernice P. and Janet M. Shaughnessy Award

This award was established in 2017 in loving memory of Janet’s mother, Bernice P. Shaughnessy (1921-2016). Janet also wishes to pay tribute to the Burren, and the meaningful experience she had while living and working there as a member of the first Burren College of Art MFA class, graduating in 2005. The Burren landscape, its palette of colors, the ever-shifting sky, weather and seasons had a profound influence on her drawings. The land’s quietness, the sea and the space to explore her interior and exterior worlds shaped her artistic practice and continue to influence every part of her life. As a practicing artist, Ms. Shaughnessy would enjoy informal communication with the scholarship recipient to discuss their ongoing progress.

The scholarship of €5,000 will be awarded to an incoming MFA student, whose application shows compelling ability and clarity of intention in choosing the Burren as an influential location for their work, as well as demonstrated financial need. Recipients must be enrolled full time and in good academic standing. This scholarship is available to all full-time Masters of Fine Art students entering BCA in Fall 2017, and is renewable for two years.

To apply, please visit our website here: burrencollege.ie/college/admissions

If you have any questions about any of our postgraduate programs or scholarships, please contact Director of Admissions, Lisa Newman, at lisa@burrencollege.ie or phone at +353 (0)657077200.


Funding | Arts Council Commissions Award 2017

Deadline: Thursday 16 February, 5.30 p.m

The deadline for the next round of the Arts Council’s Commissions Award is Thursday 16 February, 2017 at 5.30pm. The window for making an application opens on Tuesday 17 January 2017.

The following awards are available:

  • Music Commissions Award
  • Traditional Arts Commissions Award
  • Opera Commissions Award

The primary purpose of the award is to facilitate creative partnerships between a range of commissioners and artists. The Commissions Award supports fees paid to artists. The process must lead to some form of dissemination or presentation of the commissioned work in Ireland or abroad.

The award is open to individuals or organisations including artists, arts professionals, ensembles, local authorities, production companies and other agencies. Applications can only be made by the commissioner and not by the artist to be commissioned.

Award Guidelines for these awards will published on the available funding section on the Arts Council website: www.artscouncil.ie/available-funding/


Funding | The Arts Council Jerome Hynes Fellowship 2017/18

Deadline: 13 February 2017, 12 noon

The Arts Council is delighted to announce that it will offer a Jerome Hynes Fellowship for 2017/18. The application window is now open for the Jerome Hynes Fellowship 2017/18, an award that aims to develop outstanding cultural leaders for Ireland.

The fellowship is an initiative of the UK-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 2017, the recipient of the Jerome Hynes Fellowship will undertake most of their programme over a concentrated seven month period between January and July 2018. 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: 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.

The name of the 2017/18 Fellow will be announced in June 2017.

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 www.cloreleadership.org


Information Session | Cavan County Council Professional Development Awards

The Professional Development Awards for Artists will be open on Monday 16 January at a Registration and Information Session at Johnston Library Events Space, Farnham Centre, Farnham St, Cavan at 2.30pm.

Mary Mc Auliffe, arts consultant will be available to advise on the development of a submission for the professional development award.

It is advisable for artists considering applying to attend this Registration and Informaiton Session.

Please forward an email with your intention to attend to Santina Burns santinaburns@cavancoco.ie on or before Thursday 12 January.

Application forms will be available after the 16 January. Closing Date for the Professional Development Awards is Friday 3 February 2017.

www.cavanarts.ie/


Funding | Cavan County Council Arts Awards 2017

Deadline: 26 January

The Arts Awards is Cavan County Council’s annual funding scheme which aims to support the ongoing development of the arts in the county. The Professional Development Awards are for artists.

About the Arts Awards
The Arts Awards are most suitable for individuals or organisations including festivals, communities, schools and educational organisations to support an arts event or project. Available funding is modest and applicants are encouraged to be mindful of this before preparing an application.

Selection Criteria: The process of selecting successful applicant individuals and organisations is competitive and selection decisions for the Arts Awards will be informed by the following criteria:

• Level of experience.
• Benefits to ongoing professional development of the individual or organisation.
• Quality of the proposal.
• Quality of the proposed project.
• Potential impact of the project on the wider arts environment in County Cavan.

Cavan County Council fund a range of artistic activities, including:

• projects, events, commissions and productions
• research and development, audience development and marketing activities
• organisational development to improve the long-term stability of arts organisation.
• residencies
• touring

Download the application form here: www.cavanarts.ie/


Open Call | CatchLight Fellowship 2017

catchlightDeadline: 31 January 2017 (open on 1 January)

The inaugural CatchLight Fellowship of $30,000 will be awarded annually to each of 3 creative leaders in the field of visual storytelling, who have demonstrated excellence in the novel use of photography to depict and bring awareness to challenging social issues. The grants will build on work by each of the Fellows with potential to achieve a next level of excellence in visual storytelling, innovation in distribution and measurable social impact.

Community
As a core program of CatchLight, the intention of the CatchLight Fellowship is to activate a vibrant community of creative thought leaders and storytellers, whose work will be progressively informed and enhanced by interaction with one another. Each year, a new cohort of Fellows will be chosen, and encouraged to attend our November celebration weekend as presenter, mentor and inspiration to each other and the community as a whole. A CatchLight Fellowship is awarded for life.

Partners
In addition, each Catchlight Fellowship is co-sponsored by one of the organiser’s partners, who will participate on the final jury, and will offer their expertise and distribution structures to the service of their selected fellow. The 2017 partners are The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Center for Investigative Reporting, and The Marshall Project

Criteria
The Fellowship is open to working professionals of any age and from any country who have demonstrated excellence in working with visual storytelling and a commitment to effecting social change. Applicants may work in a broad range of visual formats including photography, video, audio, motion or VR. There are no issues or methodology that CatchLight prioritizes over another; we are looking for new ideas for audience engagement on a social issue – be it local or global – that is important today. The Fellows will have chosen their own themes and issues, and proposed unique and compelling ways of creation and distribution.

More information: www.catchlight.io/catchlight-fellowship/
No fee to apply


Arts Council | Visual Arts Bursary Award 2017

arts_council_logoDeadline: Thursday 19 January 2017, 5.30pm
Apply from 20 December 2016

The objective of the Visual Arts Bursary Award is to support individual professional artists to develop their artistic practice.
The award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist’s development derived from an extended process of engagement with their practice. The award seeks to provide artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their artistic practice.

Maximum awarded: €15,000

Potential proposals could be those that demonstrate:

  •  How the award will assist with the development of your artistic practice (this may include support with time, workspace, research facilities, training, residencies, etc.)
  •  How the award will assist with developing and/or resolving a specific body of work
  •  How the award will assist with re-engaging with your practice after a break
  •  How the award will assist you in re-evaluating your practice after a continuous period of outcome-based and deadline-driven project work.

All awards are informed by the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy (2016–-2025), Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts in Ireland (see here: www.artscouncil.ie/arts-council-strategy/).

Who is eligible to apply?
The award is open to practising visual artists working in all genres and at all stages in their professional careers. To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  •  Be resident in the Republic of Ireland. There are certain exceptions where the Arts Council may deem eligible applications made by those based outside the Republic of Ireland. However, before admitting as eligible any such application, the Arts Council would need to be satisfied that the outcomes of any such proposal would benefit the arts in the Republic of Ireland.
  •  Be professional practising artists – although you might not earn income continuously or exclusively from your artistic practice, you must identify yourself, and be recognised by your peers, as a professional practising artist.

For Guidelines see: http://www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Visual-arts-bursary-award/


Stepping Stones Scholarships | MA Festive Arts Programme

27612263346_de15c33c91_kDeadline: Monday 12 December, 4pm

Scholarships are available for the MA Festive Arts Programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. This is a one year taught MA programme, focusing on aspects of festival development, arts management and festive arts in society.

Stepping Stones Scholarships

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

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

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
University of Limerick,
Limerick,
Ireland.
T: + 353 61 202590
E: IrishWorldAcademy@ul.ie
W: irishworldacademy.ie


Arts Council | Traditional Arts Commissions Award

arts_council_logoClosing date: Thursday 16 February, 5:30 p.m.
The window for making an application opens on Tuesday 17 January 2017.

The Traditional Arts Commissions Award supports fees paid to artists for commissions in the field of Traditional Arts (i.e. commissions involving traditional music, song, dance or oral arts). The award also supports collaboration between the traditional arts and other artforms that are in line with the Arts Council’s policy on the traditional arts.

The primary purpose of this award is to facilitate creative partnerships between a range of commissioners and artists. The process must lead to some form of outcome or conclusion. This might be a public performance, a process of engagement with a community of place or interest or some other form of dissemination or presentation of the commissioned work in Ireland or abroad.

In the context of this award the definition of a ‘commission’ is where one person or entity (the commissioner) supports and pays another (an artist or group of artists) to create or deliver an artistic work or project that takes place within a set of parameters agreed to by both partners.

Maximum awarded €10,000.

For more Guidelines see: www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Traditional-arts-commissions-award/


iDA Grant Scheme | Individual Disabled/Deaf Artists 2016/17, Northern Ireland

iDADeadline: 9 January, 12 noon

In December/January, Northern Ireland’s disabled and deaf artists have an opportunity for financial support to develop their work under the iDA (individual disabled/deaf artists) grant scheme.

Please find all application materials here: www.adf.ie

If you have a query about any aspect of making an application or if disability access issues will affect your ability to complete the form, please contact the Arts and Disability Forum as soon as possible and we will advise you.

Arts and Disability Forum
109-113 Royal Avenue,
Belfast, N.Ireland BT1 1FF
T: +44 28 9023 9450
E: info@adf.ie
W: adf.ie