Financial support

The Arts Council offers a wide range of financial supports across artforms and arts practices, including opera (as listed below). You can find further information on those and other supports, direct and indirect, in the financial support section.

NameDecision DateMaximum Awarded €Abstract
Travel & training awardOngoing8000There are three strands to this award: Travel and Training Outbound to support individuals who wish to avail of training and other professional development opportunities abroad; Travel and Training Inbound to support individuals or organisations who wish to invite specialists from abroad to deliver high-level training or mentoring; and the Creative Europe (Culture sub-programme) Travel Award which offers support to arts organisations planning to make applications to the Creative Europe Programme.
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 
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
Music recording schemeClosing date passedUnlimitedThe Music Recording Scheme has been suspended for 2014.
Opera bursary awardClosing date passed15000The Opera Bursary award has been suspended for 2014.
Opera production awardClosing date passedUnlimitedThe award is intended to support the making and presentation of opera productions during 2014, in line with the Arts Councils published policy for opera.
Opera production award 2013 (round 2)Closing date passed360000The award is intended to support the making and presentation of opera productions during 2013, in line with the Arts Councils published policy for opera
Opera project awardClosing date passed80000The award is intended to support the making and presentation of opera productions during 2014, in line with the Arts Councils published policy for opera.
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.
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).