Welcome to the November edition of our Newsletter
In November, we in the Arts Council will devote much of our time to assessing and discussing the applications from arts organisations across the country in our main grants programmes; Annual Funding and Annual Programme Grant. We plan to communicate the decisions to organisations at the end of November. This process allows us to better understand the range and nature of work being proposed by organisations and artists in 2017 as well as examining how our investment choices are aligned to our new strategy, Making Great Art Work.
Those applications were made in the context of the first of the three-year plans under our strategy, Making Great Art Work Three-Year Plan 2017–2019. This month, we are pleased to deliver on our commitment as part of that strategy to publish the first of our annual investment plans. This plan, which can be read here, sets out our approach to budget planning and provision for 2017. It describes how we will prioritise investments in the twelve months ahead, and how this will inform our financial decisions and allocations. Our annual investment plan and our annual report, published at either end of the annual budgetary process, will together demonstrate how our financial decisions and allocations are consistent with our strategic objectives and with the detail of our three-year plan.
Finally, a date for your diary, we are jointly hosting a conference called Places Matter with our Local Government partners as part of the Framework for Collaboration in Dublin Castle on 12 January 2017. Places Matter is a conference, which asks -- and answers -- this question: What happens when we invest in the arts? Several leading international and Irish experts will address the conference, and I hope it will be an inspiration for policy makers, public and civil servants. We’ll have more details on our website and in next month’s Newsletter.