Funding for arts projects linking with those outside the field
2018-02-01 16:15:00 -

Funding is now available for artists or arts organisations in the Republic of Ireland who wish to collaborate artistically with non-arts professionals, including individuals or groups.


The arts participation project award of up to €60,000 aims to support initiatives in the area of creating, interpreting and presenting work developed through a collaborative process between arts professionals and those outside the field.


Strategic priorities identified for support through the award are projects that focus on the contexts of health, disability, cultural diversity, older people and communities of place or interest.


Applications are assessed by criteria including artistic merit, how they meet the objectives and priorities of the award, and feasibility. Successful applicants are expected to commence activities on or after 1 July 2018.


Individuals and groups interested in applying – including those in immigrant communities – are urged to submit an application, presenting a clear description of methodologies for engagement and collaboration that will value the creative contributions of all participants, while providing opportunities for artistic challenge.


The proposal also needs to ensure that both the artistic quality and the quality of the engagement between artist and participants are considered at all stages. This includes the planning, making, presentation and evaluation of work, as well as demonstrate active support and commitment from all participants and partners, including a clear understanding of respective roles and contributions.


In addition, it must incorporate well thought-out mechanisms for co-operation with key workers, where relevant; consideration of training and support, where applicable; and demonstrate an understanding of current arts-participation practice in Ireland relevant to the proposal, as well as the potential to have a long-term, sustainable impact on artistic skills, ambitions and policy.


The Arts Council says it is “committed to equity and inclusion” and welcomes applications “from individuals or groups within culturally diverse communities and from people with disabilities.”

The closing date for application is 5.30pm on Thursday 15 February. For further information visit


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