Financial support

The Arts Council offers a wide range of financial supports across artforms and arts practices, including festivals, as listed below. Multidisciplinary arts festivals are supported through the main funding programmes. Festivals can apply for artform-specific awards, for commissions, awards or project awards, if the proposal is considered to match the specific criteria for these awards. Individuals can also apply for bursary awards. You can find out more information about the available supports, direct and indirect, in the financial support section. 

 
NameDecision DateMaximum Awarded €Abstract
Touring and dissemination of work scheme08 May 2014UnlimitedThis scheme is designed to support the touring and dissemination of work in certain arts disciplines for tours starting between January 2015 and June 2015, and is open to applicants who are resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.
Annual fundingClosing date passedUnlimitedApplicants to Annual Funding may request a contribution towards both operating and artistic programming costs.
Artist in the community scheme bursary awardClosing date passed10000The Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2013: Arts and Cultural Diversity aims to support individual professional artists in any artform working in the field of arts and cultural diversity.
Circus bursary awardClosing date passed12000 
Engaging with architecture schemeClosing date passed20000The purpose of the scheme is to support ambitious, innovative and creative, high-quality initiatives that specifically aim to enhance and extend the publics experience of and engagement with architecture. The Engaging with Architecture Scheme was developed in response to both the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 Towards a Sustainable Future: Delivering Quality within the Built Environment and the Arts Councils research into Public Engagement with Architecture (2009).
EU Local Partnership schemeClosing date passedUnlimitedFor project activities and events taking place 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2013 inclusive. To mark Irelands Presidency of the Council of the European Union, this special issue of the Local Partnership Scheme is intended to support Local Authorities and Ealaín na Gaeltachta to develop or carry out innovative collaborative arts projects in co-operation with arts organisations within their localities or regions, and with partners elsewhere in Europe.
Festivals and events schemeClosing date passed20000The Arts Council has introduced a new scheme to support festivals and events. The scheme will be open to multi-disciplinary festivals and single artform festivals. Events may be one-off projects or programmed over a number of months.
Location one fellowshipClosing date passed22500A 5-month fellowship based in New York
RAISE - The Business of Arts Fundraising Closing date passed30000The RAISE 2013 award consists of professional support for the creation of a fundraising strategy, recruitment and mentoring of a fundraising intern, and funding for the retained fundraising intern, as an entry level fundraiser, for a two-year period.
Regularly funded organisationsClosing date passedUnlimitedApplicants to the Regularly Funded Organisation programme may request a contribution to both their operating and artistic programming costs. This funding programme is not open to general applications. Instead, the Arts Council will invite organisations to participate on the basis of published criteria.
Touring and dissemination - Advance PlanningClosing date passedUnlimitedThe Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme is designed to support the touring and dissemination of work across a range of artforms and arts practices due to take place between January 2015 and December 2015, and is open to applicants who are resident or based in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.
Young ensembles schemeClosing date passed10000The primary purpose of this award is to support groups of young people between the ages of 12 and 23 to create ambitious and original work together in any art form (e.g., circus, dance, digital media, film, music, theatre, literature, visual arts, or any combination of the above).