Category: Funding / Awards / Bursaries


Artist in the Community Scheme Award 2017

Deadline: 27 March 2017

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.)

Visit Artist in the Community Scheme section at www.create-ireland.ie/about-aic/about-the-artist-in-the-community-scheme  for further details.
For information on the Scheme and how to apply contact Katherine Atkinson, support@create-ireland.ie or phone 01 473 6600.


Deadline Reminder | Fingal County Council Artists’ Support Scheme 2017   Recently updated !

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 | South Dublin County Council Arts Grants and Bursary Awards 2017

Closing date for applications for all awards: Friday 31 March 2017 at 1pm.

These grants and awards are only open to those living in or working in the South Dublin County Council administrative area. South Dublin County Council administrative area includes Rathfarnham, Tallaght, Clondalkin, Lucan, and the rural areas of Saggart, Rathcoole, Newcastle and Brittas.

1.) Individual Artists Bursary Awards 2017
The maximum award is €3,000. The awards are made by a multidisciplinary selection panel.

2.) Young Artist Development Award 2017
This award is designed to support the practice and/or career development of young artists aged 18 – 25 in any form, other than music. The maximum award is €2,000.

3.) Arts Project Award 2017
Five Awards of €1,000 each are available from South Dublin County Council to Amateur, Voluntary and Community Groups.

Visit website to download the application form and criteria: www.sdcc.ie/parks-and-recreation/arts-grants-and-bursary-awards


Funding | Arts and Disability Connect Scheme 2017

Deadline: Thursday 4 May 2017 at 4pm

Specifically targeted at individual artists with disabilities Arts and Disability Connect includes New Work, Mentoring and Training awards. The scheme offers artists the opportunity to: connect with other practitioners or venues; make a change in their practice; ‘step up’ in terms of scope and scale; reach new audiences and to engage in mentoring and training.

Application forms and guidelines for Arts and Disability Connect 2017 will be available to download from www.adiarts.ie/connect on Thursday 16 March.

Arts & Disability Ireland will host a series of information clinics nationwide, locations and dates of the clinics will be announced shortly.

For general queries about the awards please contact:
amie@adiarts.ie/ 01 8509002

Arts and Disability Connect is Funded by the Arts Council and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland.


Open Call to Organisations | British Council Cultural Protection Fund

The Cultural Protection Fund is designed with applications from UK organisations in mind, but any organisation is eligible to apply.

Grants are available to applicants working with local partners in one or more of the Fund’s target countries: Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.

There are separate application processes for small grants (up to £100K) and large grants (more than £100K). For large grants there will be two rounds of funding per financial year, and small grants will run on a rolling basis with quarterly decision meetings.

All applicants will be asked to complete an online expression of interest form in order to confirm eligibility, before being invited to complete an online application form.

In the current round, organisations can apply for grants of up to £2 million for projects focussing on the protection of cultural heritage at risk due to conflict. The maximum amount of funding available to applicants will be subject to review at the end of each funding round.

The Cultural Protection Fund is administered by a UK-based team (not the British Council offices based with our target countries).

Deadlines for the large grants (expression of interest): 31 March 2017 and for the small grants: 21 April, 21 July 2017 and 20 October 2017.

For more information see: www.britishcouncil.org/arts/cultural-protection-fund/apply


Open Call for Travel Grants | Roberto Cimetta Fund and the Valletta 2018 Foundation

Deadline: 31 March

The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the Valletta 2018 Foundation, responsible for the implementation of Valletta’s title of European Capital of Culture 2018 have been collaborating since 2015 to improve and increase mobility of artists in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Ongoing open calls for travel grants will occur up until end of 2018; artists and cultural operators living and working in the Euro-Arab region who wish to undertake collaborative projects satisfying the criteria below are invited to apply.

The aim of the travel must show potential impact on the arts sector in a concrete, localised context.

Applicants must be either

  • living or working in Malta, and developing projects specific to the Euro-Arab Region;
  • living or working in Europe and/or the Mediterranean Region, and wishing to travel to Malta to make an artistic intervention in the wider Euro-Arab context;
  • living or working in Europe and/or the Arab Region, and wishing to travel within the Euro-Arab Region for collaborative work specific to Malta’s context in that region (for example, travelling to a third country to collaborate on a project that has a tangible link with Malta, or with a Maltese artist).

For more information on eligibility and application procedure see: www.cimettafund.org/article


Funding | Meath County Council Bursaries and Awards 2017

Closing date for all grants: Friday 31 March, 12pm

Annual Arts Grants Scheme
This award is intended to support local arts activities and to enhance long-term development and sustainability of the arts in County Meath.

Community Arts Award
This Award is open community groups, community organisations and schools. It aims to support groups in relation to funding for quality community arts projects that promote access and participation in the Arts by working with professional artists.

Festival Grant Scheme
This award is intended to support those arts festivals taking place in County Meath which demonstrate a commitment to quality artistic programming.

Professional Artists Development Fund
This scheme is intended to support professional arts practitioners in County Meath in the delivery of their work and in particular the development of new works.

Tyrone Guthrie Centre Award
This bursary entitles the successful applicant to a residency in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

School Musical Instrument Purchase Scheme
This award aims to help develop the musical instrument resources of both primary and secondary schools in County Meath.

Application forms available to download from www.meath.ie/CountyCouncil/Arts/BursariesandAwards/

For further information or to request Application forms, please contact Meath County Council Arts Office.
Phone: 046 9097414 or email: artsoffice@meathcoco.ie


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 | 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/