Travel & training award

Closing date: Ongoing

Maximum awarded: €8000

Artform & practices: Architecture, Arts and disability, Arts and health, Arts participation, Circus, Dance, Literature (English language), Literature (Irish language), Music, Opera, Spectacle, Street arts, Venues, Visual arts, Young people children and the arts

Applicant type: Individual artist, Organisation

Collaborative application possible? No

Telephone: 01 61 80 200

Travel and training award 2014

Funding continues to be available to support applications in: architecture, arts participation, circus, dance, literature, music, opera, street arts and spectacle, venues, visual arts and young people, children and education.

If you require further information please contact the relevant artform/arts practice assistant. Contact details are available on our staff contact and adviser list: ttp://


There are no formal deadlines for the Travel and Training Award. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Applicants seeking support for formal courses (postgraduate or equivalent) and for other eligible opportunities must submit their application at least six weeks before their course or work programme begins. The Arts Council cannot guarantee to assess applications received less than six weeks before a course or work programme begins.

Objectives and priorities of award

The travel and training award has three main strands with different objectives and priorities. These are described in turn.

Travel and training outbound

The objective of the travel and training outbound award is to support individuals who wish to avail of training and other professional development opportunities abroad (outside the Island of Ireland). This strand accounts for the greater part of the funding available. The priority here is the development of the individual’s own arts practice, including:

  • Participation in once-off training opportunities, specialist courses or masterclasses
  • Other professional development opportunities such as short-term research projects, residencies, participation in workshops, internships (not including visual arts), mentoring programmes, attendance at conferences/seminars, and so on.

The award will support formal postgraduate training only where the selected course is of a type and/or at a level not available in Ireland (artform variations may apply). Applicants must provide evidence that this is the case.

Travel and training inbound

The objective of travel and training inbound is to support individuals or organisations who wish to invite specialists from abroad (outside the Island of Ireland) to deliver high-level training or mentoring for the professional development of artists and others working professionally in the arts in Ireland.

Where an individual or organisation wishes to bring in such specialists from abroad, the host individual or organisation may apply for the cost of travel and accommodation for the international guest(s).

Payment will be made after the visit and only upon submission of receipts. Applicants must state whom they wish to invite and provide details of the training or mentoring to be provided.

Creative Europe (Culture sub-programme) Travel Award

The Creative Europe (Culture sub-programme) Travel Award only supports applications from arts organisations planning to make applications for EU culture funding under the Creative Europe Programme 2014-2020. The award is intended to cover some of the costs associated with face-to-face meetings with partner organisations in Europe and will not support training costs or courses. Organisations may only apply for the costs of one partner meeting per project application to the Creative Europe Programme.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are in the process of developing an application to the Creative Europe Programme and be able to provide details of their proposed project and their key partners. They will also need to demonstrate their current level of engagement with the proposed partners. It is likely that funding offered under the Creative Europe (Culture sub-programme) Travel Award will not exceed €2,000 and in most cases will be less than that. Applications that can demonstrate organisational commitment will be prioritised.

Film projects are not eligible for support under the Creative Europe (Culture sub-programme) Travel Award.

Download award guidelines

Submit application

All applications for Travel and Training awards must be made online through the Arts Council’s online services website.  In addition, all support materials for Travel and Training awards must be submitted online. You can upload a wide range of support materials in electronic format (up to a limit of 20MB) with your application form.

To make an application for a Travel and Training Award, please sign up for online services (

Note: Before you will be able to make an online application you will have to register with the site. It may take up to five days for your registration to be confirmed so it is very important that you register as early as possible.

For information on how to make an online application please go to the following links:

  • Online services FAQs: a listing of frequently asked questions about making an online application
  • Youtube: A step-by-step video guide on how to download, complete and upload an application form for funding
  • Twitter: a listing of funding-related tweets

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