The Arts Awards by Cavan County Council are allocated under the Arts Act 2003.   There are three categories for 2020.  The Arts Development Awards for community and arts development, the Professional Artists Awards which are to support the work of professional artists and the Emerging Artist Awards which are to support an artist at the early stages of their career.

In 2019 there was 34 recipients for the Arts Development Awards and 17 recipients for the Professional Artists Awards.

Applicants are encouraged to complete their application online.


Annually the Members of Cavan County Council with the support of the Arts Council support professional artists living and working in County Cavan.  This funding is available under the PROFESSIONAL  ARTISTS AWARDS.

Professional artists from all disciplines are welcome to apply to this scheme. Applicants must be originally from County Cavan, reside in the County or artists whose proposed work has a significant Cavan element.  The term “Professional Artist” assumes that you have a substantive body of work created and that you are recognised as such by your peers in the making or developing the Arts.


The Professional Artists Awards are designed to assist artists in relation to any of the following three categories:

Professional Development – (e.g. further training, mentoring, artist and interdisciplinary collaboration, attendance at workshops, travel grants within Ireland and abroad). Up to €2,000.

New Artworks – (e.g. research and development, residency assistance*, production costs, materials assistance, etc.). Up to €1,000.

Audience Initiatives – (e.g. audience research, performance and recording development assistance, publication and exhibition assistance, arts practice development in conjunction with arts or community groups). Up to €1,000.


This award is help support an artist under 30 years of age develop their career, it’s for someone who has specialised training in his or her field (not necessarily gained in an academic institution0 and who has created a modest independent body of work.

It will prioritise those who:

  • demonstrate ambition and vision for their work
  • show potential to develop and strengthen a distinctive and assured creative practice;
  • show how they will benefit artistically from timely support for their artistic development;


Annually the Members of Cavan County Council allocate funding for the development of arts in community, education and other participative settings.   This money is allocated under the Arts Act 2003.  Organisations, groups or individuals running arts events and projects in County Cavan or promoting the County arts offerings elsewhere between, February 2019 and February 2020 are eligible to apply.

Groups interested in applying for this funding can apply for the:  ARTS DEVELOPMENT AWARDS.  Grants will vary from €200 to €1,000.

Examples of work that could be eligible as include:

Arts Participation – (e.g. workshops, performance, arts production, etc. involving the general public and/or target groups)

Arts in Settings – (e.g. Artist-led projects in settings such as community, education, health care, landscape, etc.)

Arts Events – (e.g. stand alone events, events as part of a festival, scheme or community project, etc.).