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Artform & practices:
Architecture, Festivals and events, Local arts, Venues
Individual artist, Organisation
Collaborative application possible?
Visual Arts & Architecture Officer
01 618 02 36
The purpose of the scheme is to support ambitious, innovative and creative, high-quality initiatives that specifically aim to enhance and extend the public’s 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).
Who can apply?
The scheme is open to individuals, local authorities and organisations (including organisations that are in receipt of funding under the Arts Council’s three main grant programmes - Regularly Funded Organisations; Annual Funding; Annual Programming Grant).
Organisations based outside the Republic of Ireland are eligible to apply; however, such organisations must demonstrate that the primary benefit of any proposed project is delivered in the Republic of Ireland.
If applying as an individual you must have been born in, or be resident in, the Republic of Ireland.
The maximum grant offer is likely to be €20,000. In exceptional circumstances a larger grant may be offered.
Funded activities must take place within one year of notification of an offer of funding.
Who cannot apply?
Individuals currently in undergraduate or postgraduate education.
What you can apply for?
Costs associated with the implementation of programmes relating to engaging the public with architecture, such as artists’ fees, venue rental, installation/ presentation costs, audience development initiatives, marketing/publicity, travel costs and expenses for artists.
Costs specifically relating to the making of art by artists with disabilities will be considered. If you wish to apply for additional funding on this basis you should provide information with your application outlining what these additional costs are.
What you cannot apply for?
You cannot apply for more than one grant in any one round of funding.
Activities and costs that you cannot apply for include the following:
- capital costs
- on-going core costs (e.g. salaries)
- activities or costs that do not fit with the purpose of the scheme
- activities which are more suited to another scheme/award funded by the Arts Council or operated by other state agencies including Culture Ireland
- activities that have already taken place or which will have commenced before a decision is due to be made on your application
- where the activity is for charity fund-raising purposes, for participation in a competition, or for primarily profit-making purposes
- activities that have already been assessed by the Arts Council. An exception will be made if the Council has specifically advised you to redirect your application to this scheme. Please bear in mind that such advice is not an indication of a successful outcome
How do I apply?
Before making an application you must read the scheme guidelines in full.
PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this award must be submitted online using the Arts Councils online services website (https://onlineservices.artscouncil.ie). You will be able to upload a wide range of support materials in electronic format along with your application form.
The window for making an online application opens on 16 May 2013.
Before you will be able to make an online application you must register with the site. It may take up to five working days for your registration to be confirmed so it is very important that you register as early as possible.
The award guidelines are available to download from the following link:
Need help making an online application?
Please visit 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