Local partnership scheme

Closing date: Closing date passed

Maximum awarded: €20000

Artform & practices: Local arts

Applicant type: All

Collaborative application possible? Yes

Contact: Regina OShea

Position: Local Arts Officer

Telephone: 01 618 02 60

Email: regina.oshea@artscouncil.ie

The Arts Council is now seeking proposals from local authority arts services for projects in the area of Cultural Diversity and the Arts commencing in 2012. The intercultural project proposed should, through new collaborations, seek to develop work, resources or services that are ambitious, innovative and developmental.

The closing date for receipt of applications to this scheme is Thursday 28 June 2012 at 5.30pm. The window for making applications through the online services website will open on 24 May 2012.

This scheme is intended to encourage and support partnerships and new collaborations between local authorities, arts organisations and other relevant groups or organisations at local, regional, national and international level. At least two local authorities should be involved in any application.

The Cultural Diversity and the Arts strand was introduced to the scheme in 2010 and, for 2012 it is this strand alone of the scheme that is being advertised. This is an important part of the Arts Councils cultural diversity strategy for 2012/3. It is intended to promote the development of intercultural capacity in the arts across local authorities. The Arts Council believes that cultural interaction enriches the arts in Ireland by offering opportunities for mutual sharing, questioning, learning, understanding and change. Further information on the Arts Councils new policy and strategy in the area of cultural diversity can be accessed here: http://www.artscouncil.ie/en/areas-of-work/actions/arts-and-cultural-diversity.aspx

Under the Local Partnership Scheme in 2012, funding for innovative, collaborative arts projects, resources or services, can be sought for either of two phases of a project:

  • A Research and Development Phase, up to a maximum of €10,000
  • A Project Implementation Phase, up to a maximum of €20,000

Since its introduction in 2004 this scheme has supported a number of landmark collaborative initiatives, some of which have become mainstreamed into ongoing provision.


Click on the following link to download a copy of the guidelines:

Online Services

All applications must be submitted entirely online. All applicants are required to use the online serivces website: https://onlineservices.artscouncil.ie/Secure/Login.aspx

  • Click on the Make an Application button
  • Confirm your details are correct and click the Next button
  • Choose Local Partnership Scheme from the funding drop down menu.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted in hard copy.

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.

Further Information

For further information on the Local Partnership Scheme please contact:

Regina O’Shea,
Local Arts Officer
Tel: 01 618 02 60
Email: regina.oshea@artscouncil.ie

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