|Closing date ||17:30, Thursday 22 October 2020|
|Maximum awarded||Unlimited |
|Collaborative application possible?||Yes|
|Telephone||01 6180 260|
NB: Update (15/10/2020): Error in Arts Centre Funding AAR
Please find below a clarification relating to section 2.3 (Audience/engagement/employment/event numbers) of Arts Activity Report
On page 28 of the ACF 2021 Guidelines, the number of performances/objects/events/days open in the case of Visual Arts is defined as “the number of separate exhibitions during the year”. However, the AAR Template Arts Centre Funding 2021 note on Cell O52 defines it as “the number of days that an exhibition is open to the public”.
Please note that the definition in the Guidelines is correct (“the number of separate exhibitions during the year”) and not on the AAR template.
This is a technical issue which will not affect the assessment of your application in any way
Arts Centre Funding
The purpose of Arts Centre Funding is to invest in and support the infrastructure of arts centres required to sustain and develop the arts in Ireland.
Arts centres are defined as full-time, public-facing, professionally managed, building-based arts organisations. They support the creation, presentation and mediation of the arts across a range of artforms and arts practices. They support professional,
collaborative, voluntary and amateur arts practice.
Recipients of Arts Centre Funding must play a critical part in delivering the policy priorities of
Making Great Art Work, the Arts Council's ten-year strategy.
In offering Arts Centre Funding, the Arts Council wishes to ensure:
The year-round production and dissemination of arts activities, events and services of the highest quality throughout the country
That greater numbers of people enjoy high-quality arts experiences
That artists are supported in their professional practice
That audiences, artists and participants reflect the diversity of contemporary Ireland
Increased depth of engagement by and with the public
High standards in governance and management.
In accordance with the Policy and Strategy for Arts Centres, the Arts Council wishes to encourage arts centres to engage with and further develop supports
for artists. Examples of this might be by:
Providing professional-development opportunities for practising artists through:
The management of physical spaces for artists to develop work
Residencies that are meaningful in length, appropriately remunerated, and relevant to the requirements of artists in different artforms and practices
Other models of support as appropriate
Working with cultural and other organisations (e.g. other arts centres and venues, local-authority arts offices, festivals, libraries, schools, care centres, etc.) to engage with people as artists, audience members, collaborators and participants
Planning for the development of digitally intelligent buildings, supporting innovation both in creation and dissemination.
Such additional supports to artists should be outlined in the application form as activities in 2021.
Who can apply?
The Arts Centre Funding Programme is open only to building-based, professionally managed, multidisciplinary arts organisations that are open to the public all year round.
Preparing your engagement information
Additional guidance on preparing engagement information for your application is available in our public engagement section which includes definitions, tools and resources
to support you.
Online Information sessions for Arts Centre Funding 2021
Online information sessions for Arts Centre Funding 2021 will takes place on the following dates:
During these sessions, we will go through the application form and guidelines for this year’s funding round and answer any questions you may have.
If you plan on attending either session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recording of Arts Centre Funding Information Session #1 (03/09/20)
Recording of Arts Centre Funding Information Session #2 (01/10/20)
How do I apply for this?
- Download and read the guidelines available at the top right-hand corner of this page.
- Check if there is any mandatory supporting material that must accompany your application. We may provide a template for the supporting material. If so, you can download it from the supporting materials section at the top right-hand corner of this page.
- All applications must be made through the online services website. You will be able to upload a wide range of support materials in electronic format along with your application form.
- You must be registered with the online services website to make an application. If you are not already registered, we recommend you register for online services as far in advance of the deadline as possible, as it may take five days for your online services registration to be processed.
Still need help?
A listing of frequently asked questions about making an online application
A step-by-step video guide on how to download, complete and upload an application form for funding.
A listing of funding-related tweets