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The Arts Council

Funding Bodies and Opportunities

Organisations who provide funding opportunities through a submission based application process.

  • Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon

    The Arts Council is the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland. Its funds come from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Its role is to provide advice to government on artistic matters; to advise, assist and support individuals and arts organisations and a wide range of governmental and… Read More

    70 Merrion Square
    Dublin 2
    T +353 (0)1 618 0200
    E info@artscouncil.ie
    W www.artscouncil.ie

  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland

    The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the statutory body through which public funding for the arts in Northern Ireland is channelled. The Arts Council is funded by grant-in-aid by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) and has responsibility for distributing Lottery funds, to the arts in Northern Ireland. Its principal functions are:… Read More

    MacNeice House
    77 Malone Road
    Belfast, BT9 6AQ
    Northern Ireland
    T +44 (0)28 9038 5207
    E gcampbell@artscouncil-ni.org
    W www.artscouncil-ni.org

  • Big Lottery Fund: Awards for All (Northern Ireland)

    Projects need to be based in Northern Ireland and organisations need to be constituted in the UK. Awards for All (Northern Ireland) will not fund projects run by arts organisations or artists to carry out their work and/or engage people in the arts, but can fund projects that meet the aims and priorities of the… Read More

    1 Cromac Quay, Cromac Wood
    Ormeau Road
    Belfast BT7 2JD
    Northern Ireland
    T +44 (0)28 90 551 455
    E enquiries.ni@biglotteryfund.org.uk
    W www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

  • Business to Arts & Fund it

    Business to Arts brokers, enables and supports creative partnerships between business, individuals and the arts. We work with artists and arts organisations providing a range of training opportunities and coaching to help diversify income streams, grow audiences and improve efficiencies. The Allianz Business to Arts Awards recognise businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative… Read More

    44 East Essex Street
    Temple Bar
    Dublin 2
    T +353 (0)1 672 5336
    E info@businesstoarts.ie
    W www.businesstoarts.ie

  • Community Relations Council

    The Community Relations Council aims to support and advise projects which encourage a positive awareness of difference and diversity both between communities and within communities in Northern Ireland. Funds: The Council administers various grant schemes in pursuit of the above aims and arts-based projects may be eligible. Application procedure: Application forms, criteria and further information… Read More

    6 Murray Street
    BT1 6DN
    Northern Ireland
    T +44 (0)28 9022 7500
    E info@nicrc.org.uk
    W www.nicrc.org.uk

  • Create: Artist in the Community Scheme

    Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities of place or interest to work together on projects. The scheme covers all art forms (including theatre). The Artist in the Community Scheme is managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, providing services for arts development and collaborative arts practice… Read More

    2 Curved Street (Filmbase Building)
    Temple Bar
    Dublin 2
    T +353 (0)1 473 6600
    E support@create-ireland.ie
    W www.create-ireland.ie

  • Culture Ireland/Cultúr Éireann

    Culture Ireland operates a range of funding programmes to support and promote the presentation of Irish arts internationally. The current initiatives include a Regular grants round, the See Here scheme, a Showcase programme and Special Initiatives funding.

    Third Floor
    23 Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    T +353 (0)1 631 3905
    E info@cultureireland.gov.ie
    W www.cultureireland.ie

  • Ealaín na Gaeltachta

    Ealaín na Gaeltachta Teo. was set up to implement an Arts Plan for the Gaeltacht. It is funded jointly by the Arts Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta. Three Arts Officers are employed in the various Gaeltacht regions (Connacht and Co. Meath, Munster and Donegal) to assist and encourage artists and arts organisations to develop arts… Read More

    Údarás na Gaeltachta
    Na Forbacha
    Co. na Gailimhe
    T +353 (0)91 503 220
    E ealain@udaras.ie
    W www.ealain.ie
    Dates Please contact the Arts Office directly to enquire about dates.

  • Goethe-Institut Ireland

    The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on Germany’s cultural, social and political life. We face the cultural policy challenges of globalisation and… Read More

    37 Merrion Square
    Dublin 2
    T +353 (0)1 661 1155
    E arts@dublin.goethe.org
    W www.goethe.de/dublin

  • The British Council in Ireland

    The British Council in Ireland, in partnership with individuals, institutions and organisations, supports the relationship between Ireland and the UK through developing projects in arts, science and society.

    Newmount House
    22/24 Lower Mount Street
    Dublin 2
    T +353 (0)1 676 4088
    E info@ie.britishcouncil.org
    W www.britishcouncil.ie

  • The British Council in Northern Ireland

    The British Council in Northern Ireland seeks to present a realistic and balanced image of Northern Ireland overseas in partnership with bodies working primarily in the cultural sector, civil society, human rights and gender issues. Funds: Contributes to Northern Irish companies touring abroad (including Republic of Ireland). Will also assist with foreign practitioners visiting Northern… Read More

    The Boat
    7th floor, 49 Queen's Square
    Belfast, BT1 3FG
    Northern Ireland
    T +44 (0)28 9019 2252
    E colette.norwood@britishcouncil.org
    W www.britishcouncil.org/nireland

  • The Ireland Funds

    The Ireland Funds support Irish culture and heritage by providing funding for programs that promote cultural awareness and understanding; preserve uniquely Irish art forms and artefacts; increase public access to a variety of art forms and collections support community arts initiatives; and ensure the protection of and access to Irish heritage sites and resources.

    2nd Floor
    25 St. Stephen's Green
    Dublin 2
    T +353 (0)1 662 7878
    E grantsinfo@irlfunds.org
    W www.irlfunds.org

  • The Wellcome Trust

    Our funding supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities, with the aim of improving human and animal health. We offer a wide variety of funding schemes, including Investigator Awards, fellowships and Strategic Awards, and also support several major initiatives. Arts Awards support the creation of new artistic work that critically engages… Read More

    Arts Awards, Wellcome Trust
    Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road
    London NW1 2BE
    United Kingdom
    T +44 (0)20 7611 5757
    E PEgrants@wellcome.ac.uk
    W www.wellcome.ac.uk

  • Tyrone Guthrie Centre Regional Bursary Scheme

    Borough councils and local authorities in Ireland and Northern Ireland offer special bursary awards to artists born or domiciled in their areas to enable them to spend two weeks in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig. Each bursary covers all accommodation and meals plus the use of a studio if necessary. The bursaries are administered… Read More

    Tyrone Guthrie Centre
    T + 353 (0)47 54003
    E info@tyroneguthrie.ie
    W www.tyroneguthrie.ie