Grant Opportunities

Arts Grant Funding for Organisations and Individuals in Ireland

Arts Grant Funding for Organisations and Individuals in Ireland

Deadline: 12 March 2020

Arts Grant Funding is a funding programme that has been developed as part of the Arts Council’s funding framework. This framework has been informed by, and is designed to deliver on, the commitments set out within the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy.

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The purpose of Arts Grant Funding is to ensure that there is a breadth of high-quality arts activity and programmes throughout the country, by offering flexible support for a fixed period of time, and in so doing responds to the needs of those who are making, presenting and supporting the creation of work.

The programme is intended to:

Support more than one distinct arts activity taking place within a fixed period of time;
Provide supports or facilities to artists over a fixed period of time.

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The focus of Arts Grant Funding is to deliver outcomes that develop the arts, either through:

Generating high-quality experiences for the public to engage with the arts, or;
Providing excellent services, resources or facilities that support the work of artists or the arts sector, and;
Contributing to the ecology of the arts within your area of practice.
Funding Information

Funding is available to support activities that will take place over the 12-month period from:

January–December 2021;
or over the 24-month period from January 2021–December 2022;
The Arts Council will only consider 24-month funding where applicants provide significant detail of their activities/programmes over this period;
The Arts Council may offer 12-month funding in response to a 24-month application for funding.

You can apply for the following activities:

Creation, production (including co-production), and presentation of an artwork or event for the benefit of an audience or particular community;
Provision of arts experiences involving participants or targeted communities;
Development and creation of a piece of work for future performance or distribution (e.g. artwork, script, music composition);
Delivery of activities that support the development of the arts or the work of artists;
Provision of supports, resources or facilities for artists;
Research (as part of a wider programme of artform development);
Development costs (e.g. talent, partnership or audience development);
Skills development and capacity building.
You cannot apply for activities that:

Sample Proposals
Do not fit the purpose of the programme;
Are by individual artists and there is no collaborative or partnership element (this is more suited to funding under the Artists’ Supports category of funding framework);
Are more suited to another award funded by the Arts Council or operated by other state agencies or funding bodies, such as Culture Ireland;
Have already taken place or will have started before a decision is made on your application;
Are to raise funds for charity, to take part in a competition, or solely to make a profit;
Have already been assessed by the Arts Council, unless we specifically advised you to apply for this award. However, this advice does not mean that your application will be successful.
Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply, Applicants must be:

Resident in the Republic of Ireland. Art Council may consider your application if you are based outside the Republic of Ireland. However, your application would have to convince that your proposal would benefit the arts in the Republic of Ireland;
Professional practising artists. Even though you might not earn income continuously or exclusively from your arts practices, you must identify yourselves and be recognised by your peers as professional practising artists;
Organisations, including companies limited by guarantee (CLG), designated activity companies (DAC), partnerships, etc;
Individuals (if two or more people want to make a joint application, one of them must act as the named applicant);
You cannot apply if you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student or will be during the period for which this funding is offered.
Note: If you are applying as an individual, you must show that your proposal involves collaboration that includes the delivery of public outcomes or outcomes that benefit other artists.

Eligible Costs

All costs must relate directly to the activities within your proposal. The types of costs you can apply for might include:

Wages and fees for artistic, creative and other staff essential to the delivery of the activity;
Overhead/administrative costs that are appropriate and in proportion to the activities proposed, including planning and preparation costs;
Development costs;
Studio or space costs;
Rehearsal costs;
Making and physical-production costs;
Production, co-production and distribution costs;
Publishing costs.
Recording or documenting costs;
Hire of equipment, space or venue if the hire is essential to the delivery of the activity;
Marketing and PR costs;
Accommodation, daily expenses and travel.
Ineligible Costs

You cannot apply for:

Costs that do not fit the purpose of the programme;
Ongoing overhead or administrative costs where the relationship with the arts activities proposed is unclear;
Capital costs.
How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.
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