EU Local Partnership scheme

Closing date: Closing date passed

Maximum awarded: Unlimited

Artform & practices: All

Applicant type: All

Collaborative application possible? No

Contact: Catherine Boothman; Monica Corcoran

Telephone: 6180263; 6180202


This issue of the Local Partnership Scheme is designed to encourage artistic partnership and co-operation across national boundaries in Europe. The scheme supports local authorities and Ealaín na Gaeltachta working with artists and arts organisations in their localities or regions, to collaborate with partner organisations and colleagues based in other countries in Europe.

The closing date for receipt of applications to this scheme is Thursday 27 September 2012 at 5.30pm. The window for making applications through the online services website will open on: 16 August 2012.

This Scheme is designed to support artistic projects, activities and events taking place in Ireland between 1 January 2013 and 30 June 2013 inclusive, carried out as part of European partnership and project development, or carried out as part of a fully realised European co-operation project.

In offering this special issue of the Local Partnership Scheme, the Arts Council intends to recognise and promote transnational cultural cooperation and international artistic exchange and collaboration as important dimensions of local arts development.

The Arts Council intends that this scheme will help deepen European relations for local artists, arts organisations and audiences during the period of Irelands Presidency, and that these may inspire and support artistic work and initiatives beyond this period.

While not a requirement for support, the Arts Council envisages that the projects, events and activities supported by this scheme may include project activities supported by, or  lead-to projects eligible for support by various EU funding programmes, such as the Culture Programme 2007-2013 and its successor programme, Creative Europe 2014-2020; the Life Long Learning Programmes of the EU; European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development; and the Europe for Citizens Programme, including measures supporting Town Twinning.

For information on EU funding for culture, please see the European Cultural Contact Point website:

This special issue of the Local Partnership Scheme will support projects, activities and events in any art form, and across the full range of arts practice areas (e.g. arts and health, arts and disability and cultural diversity and the arts). Professional development initiatives are also eligible.


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 services website:

  • 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:

The Arts Council Programme to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union is organised in partnership with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is supported by the Department of the Taoiseach.

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