How do I know which Street Arts & Spectacle funding award to apply for?
As a potential applicant for Street
Arts & Spectacle funding, you should consider what the aims of your
proposal are and what activities you are seeking funding to support. Several Street
Arts & Spectacle funding awards are available, and each one is directed
towards a specific area of Street Arts & Spectacle activity. For each round
of an award that is offered, a set of ‘Guidelines’ is published on the Arts
Council’s website. The activities that each funding award aims to support are
outlined in the corresponding award guidelines, under the section on award objectives/purpose
and priorities. This section should be read when considering which funding
award is most suited to the activities that you wish to undertake, and before
making your application.
How do I know if my practice is eligible under Street Arts & Spectacle funding?
Arts refers to live, outdoor performance typically in a street, public space or
site responsive context, usually presented free of cost, which can include
circus, spectacle, theatre, magic, comedy, puppetry or dance. It could take the
form of a walkabout act, a circle show or even a
pop-up intervention engaging audiences unexpectedly as they go about their
refers to high impact performance, typically occurring in an outdoor setting in
a festival or parade context, often involving floats, pageants, large scale
structures, puppetry, processional performance and themed group ensemble that
integrates costume, dance, theatre, and music through a theme.
specific to the supported practices can be found under our policy here.
contact us at email@example.com
if clarification is needed on your specific practice.
I am an early-stage professional artist, what can I apply for?
As an early career professional artist,
you can consider making an application to the Agility Award or Bursary Award. The
Agility Award aims to support individual professional freelance artists and
arts workers at any stage in their careers to develop their practice, work, or
skills. The Bursary Award aims to support professional artists at any stage of
their career to develop their practice and to provide artists with the time and
resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their work.
I am a professional Street Arts & Spectacle artist. I would like to create a new piece of work to be presented to an audience. Can the Arts Council assist?
You can apply for the Street Arts & Spectacle Project Award. The purpose of this award is to support ambitious, high
quality, stand-alone initiatives that specifically deliver a presentation to or
an engagement with an audience or public. You can find out more about this
in our available funding section.
Do you only support professional practising artists?
Yes, although they might not earn income continuously or exclusively from their arts practice, applicants must identify themselves and be recognised by their peers as professional practising artists.
What are the differences between a Street Arts & Spectacle Project Award and a Street Arts & Spectacle Bursary Award?
The Street Arts & Spectacle Bursary Award
is an individual artist's support award designed to develop an artist's
practice with no expectation of presentation to an audience. The Street Arts &
Spectacle Project Award is designed to support the creation of new projects
specifically to be presented to Irish audiences.
For more detailed information please refer to
the guidelines for each award, located on our available funding page here.
What are the most common mistakes when applying for Arts Council funding?
The most common mistake is not
giving yourself enough time to read the guidelines and prepare for what you
have to do to make a successful application.
Other common mistakes include
(where applicable for each award):
- Not reading the guidelines carefully;
- Missing the deadline;
- No supporting material or missing supporting materials;
- No budget template (if required);
- No letters of support or MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding) (if
- Insufficient evidence of financial support from other sources
- Insufficient evidence of collaborators or partners (if
- Lack of clear detail about what is proposed and how it will be
Access costs for artists or participants with
disabilities cover any requirements you may have in order to remove barriers
that might stop you from completing your proposal. This may include, for
example, costs towards additional time needed to complete an element of your
proposal or additional assistance required to deliver your proposed activity.
Note: in the event that you are requesting access costs, you should include information
about the costs and how you arrived at them as part of your supporting
Please contact our Access Officer, Vanessa
Carswell, at firstname.lastname@example.org
for further information regarding access costs.
I've been invited to showcase my work abroad? Can the Arts Council help?
No. You can apply to Culture
Ireland, the national body for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide. You can
find out more about Culture Ireland and funding opportunities here: http://www.cultureireland.ie/
Can I still apply if I am based outside of the Republic of Ireland?
To be eligible to apply,
applicants must be resident in the Republic of Ireland. There are certain
exceptions where the Arts Council may deem eligible applications made by those
based outside the Republic of Ireland. However, before admitting as eligible
any such application, the applicant would need to explicitly outline within the
application how the outcomes of any such proposal would benefit the arts in the
Republic of Ireland, and the Arts Council must be satisfied with same.
A PPS number is required to
initiate payment if an application is successful. If you are waiting to receive
a PPS number and you require an ARN, we can manually register applicants for an
OLS account in order to make their application. Contact
us at email@example.com for further information about this.
I'm a professional Street Arts & Spectacle performer and I would like to travel abroad to attend a summer course in performance skills. Can I get funding from the Arts Council?
Yes. While the Travel and
Training Award is currently paused, artists, curators and arts practitioners
can apply for the Agility Award or Bursary Award. This award is open to
applications specifically intended to develop practice, skills or work. This
can include development opportunities abroad and costs relating to
international travel for the development of artistic practice, skills or work. However,
please note the purpose of Culture
Ireland in this regard also.
Please refer further to the guidelines
to ensure your planned activities are eligible.
How does the Arts Council make its decisions?
Each award and scheme have its
own set of guidelines that sets out the process for assessing and adjudicating applications. Please refer to the
guidelines document for specifics of each award to find out more about
objectives and priorities of each award.
Some of our awards are assessed by a peer panel
that reviews all shortlisted applications and associated materials, then scores
and makes decisions. The purpose of peer-panel meetings is to allow for a
diversity of expert views to inform the decision-making process. Peer panels
normally consist of at least three external adjudicators with relevant art form
and/or arts practice expertise. Each meeting is usually led by an Arts Council
member acting as non-voting chair. Arts Council advisers and staff attend as
required, and those involved in the initial assessment of applications are on
hand to provide information as required. Panelists have access to all
shortlisted applications and associated materials prior to the day of the
meeting, at which point they thoroughly review, discuss and score shortlisted
applications. Following this, applications are ranked by score. Considering the competitive context and the available
budget, it is likely that the Arts Council will be able to fund only a
proportion of the applications received.
How does the peer panel work for Bursary and Project awards?
A peer panel reviews, scores and makes
decisions on applications shortlisted for the Bursary and Project awards. The
panel is asked to score applications and to award them with a score. The scores
are then added up and the applications that scored the highest are offered
funding, until the available budget is fully allocated.
What if a panel member knows the applicant? Can they still assess and score their application?
To ensure fairness and equity in
decision-making, a panel member must declare an interest where they have a
close personal or professional link with the applicant or are linked in any way
with the application. The interest must be declared as soon as the panelist
becomes aware of it. This may be at the point when s/he is approached to sit on
the panel (if the ‘interest’ is known at that stage) or following receipt of
the list of applicants. Where an interest is declared, the panelist will not
receive papers relating to that applicant and will be required to leave the
room when the specific application is being reviewed. For more information on the
Declaration of Interest please view relevant sections of funding guidelines.
How long does it usually take to get the decision letter?
On account of the large volume of
applications received across all art forms, the assessment and decision-making process
usually takes approximately ten to fifteen weeks from the closing deadline of
If I'm successful with an application, what do I need to draw down Arts Council funding?
The letter of offer you receive
will outline the steps required to draw down any funding offered. Whether you
are applying as an individual, a company or partnership, you will need a tax
clearance certificate with a
valid PPS number and a bank account in the name of
the applicant. Monies offered cannot be paid by the Arts Council to an account
in a name other than that of the applicant.
In what timeframe am I expected to use the award funding?
In most cases, it is generally
expected that all funding for proposed activities will be drawn down within 12
months of the decision letter. Please refer specifically to the guidelines for
Why didn’t I receive funding?
All awards are made in a competitive environment focusing on the
criteria outlined and, where relevant, specific criteria for the award.
Unsuccessful applicants should consider applying again in future rounds. Please
refer to the guidelines of the award to further understand what can be deemed
Because of the
competitive nature of the awards and the large number of applicants, it is not
possible to make an award to all eligible and good applicants. Eligibility and
compliance with criteria for assessment alone does not guarantee receipt of an
Can I reapply with the same application if it has been turned down?
In general, you may not apply for
activities that have already been assessed by the Arts Council
unless you demonstrate that you have developed the proposal since
previously applying. If you submit exactly the same application for assessment,
it will be deemed ineligible. In certain circumstances, however, we might allow
you to reapply with the same application, but you must contact the CSAS team in advance to clarify if you are allowed to
If I make an application and it is unsuccessful, can I get feedback?
Yes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and request feedback.
I want to upload photos so the Arts Council can use them
Part of the Arts Council’s role is to promote the arts, and we
are hoping that you will help us do that in a vibrant way. You can upload any
images of your funded project at the link below to help us do this. Before you
do so, please read the terms and conditions for Image Bank Submissions. Any
questions on Image Bank Submissions can be sent to email@example.com
PLEASE SUBMIT IMAGES HERE
I will be presenting my work to the audience soon – should I let the Arts Council team know about it?
We love to hear about all the work being
produced by artists and organisations we support, so do let us know when and
where you will be presenting your work. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details.
Where feasible our Adviser or Head of Teams might attend.
Where can I find out more about the Arts Council priorities and objectives?
For general information about the Arts Council's mission and overall strategy, we advise that you look at Making Great Art Work - Arts Council Strategy (2016–2025) | The Arts Council | An Chomhairle Ealaíon
For even wider context you might find our other policies relevant too: