Feature Article
Welcome to the December edition of our Newsletter
News this month
Arts Council welcomes ‘intangible cultural heritage’ call
Creative Mentoring for Festivals
Grants and Awards
Bursary Awards next closing date - 5:30 p.m. Thursday, 25 Jan 2018
Changes to Traditional Arts Funding in 2018
Project awards – Deadline 5.30pm Thursday 15 February 2018
Arts Grant Funding – closing date 8 March 2018
News from the community
Gradam Comharcheol: ‘Concert’ Created by Colin Dunne with Sinéad Rushe and Mel Mercier
The Hare’s Corner – Seeding and Stimulating Drama as Gaeilge
The Laureate for Irish Fiction presents the Long Night of the Short Story
Creative Europe Desk
Support for European Cooperation Projects 2018
Call for Applications: Training for Cultural Managers
Checking in with 2017 Cooperation Project Here in Ireland
Arts Council Announces the Recipients of the Creative Europe Co-funding Award 2017
Arts Grant Funding – closing date 8 March 2018

Arts Grant Funding is a new funding programme that has been developed as part of the Arts Council’s new funding framework.  This framework has been informed by, and is designed to deliver on, the commitments set out within the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy, Making Great Art Work.

In offering this programme, the Arts Council wishes to foster and respond to a diverse and dynamic arts ecology by creating opportunities for a wide range of artists and organisations.

Dates for information clinics will be announced in the January newsletter.


Arts Grant Funding will award financial support to organisations and individuals to carry out a series of activities between July 2018 and December 2019*. These activities can include:

  • the creation, production and/or presentation of work to the public
  • the development of artistic ideas
  • the delivery of a series of arts activities or events
  • the provision of supports, resources and facilities to artists

Closing date

The closing date for application is 8 March 2018.

The window for making an application will open on Tuesday, 23 January 2018.


The guidelines for Arts Grant Funding will be available on the Arts Council website from 18 December.

Who can apply?

Arts Grant Funding is available across all artform and arts practice areas, and is open to:

  • organisations
  • individuals

Note: Individuals applying must demonstrate that their proposal involves collaboration and/or partnership that include the delivery of public outcomes or outcomes that benefit other artists.

Applications cannot be made to both the Project Award in February and Arts Grant Funding in March 2018.

*Funding period to which the award applies

Funding is available to support proposals that take place within or across the 18-month period from July 2018 to December 2019.

In certain cases, applicants may only apply for activities commencing on or after 1 January 2019. These are:

  • Applicants who have already been awarded funding to support their activities for 2018 in response to an application for Strategic Funding and who have been advised to apply to Arts Grant Funding.
  • Applicants who have applied to the Festival Investment Scheme (FIS) for 2018, whether your application for funding has been successful or not.

Please note

Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council’s online services website. Applicants who have not previously used this system must register in advance of making an application. It is recommended that applicants allow five working days for registration prior to making an application.