Arts Council Funding | Bursary Awards

Applications are now open for the Arts Council’s Bursary Awards across a range of artforms and sectors. Below is a selection that we think will be of interest to our members and network.

Please note: You must be registered with the online services website to make an application for any Arts Council funding. If you are not already registered, we recommend you register for online services as far in advance of the deadline as possible, as it may take five days for your online services registration to be processed.

We also urge anyone, before starting your application, to reach out to the relevant contact within the Arts Council (awards@artscouncil.ie).

The closing date for each of the bursary awards is 5.30pm on Thursday, 24 June 2021.

Young People, Children, and Education Bursary Award

The Young People, Children, and Education Bursary Award supports the professional development of artists by enabling them to spend time developing their practice. The award is specifically focussed on helping artists to improve their capacity to develop or present high-quality arts experiences with or for children and young people. It is open to individual artists and practitioners working in a creative capacity in any artform, including arts facilitators, curators or programmers.

In addition, a recording of a webinar session recorded for the YPCE Bursary Award 2020, Round 2, is available for potential applicants on the Arts Council website. While most of the information is still the same for the 2021 Round 2 Bursary, the following should be noted:

Budget: For this round of funding, applicants can only apply for one of three bands of funding, €10,000 / €15,000 / €20,000. You must apply for one of these figures exactly. If you apply for a figure that does not match one of these and you are successful, you may be offered the next lower amount. Please note that your application will be deemed ineligible if you apply for more than the maximum amount stated above (€20,000).

If you have any questions in relation to the YPCE Bursary Award, please contact ypce@artscouncil.ie

Music Bursary Award

The objective of the Music Bursary Award is to support individual professional artists in the field of music in the development of their artistic practice. The award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist’s development derived from an extended process of engagement with their practice at any stage of their career.

The award therefore provides artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their artistic practice by enabling them to do one or more of the following:

  • Spend focused time working at their practice;
  • Spend time researching/thinking about/developing a new idea for separate dissemination;
  • Spend focused time developing their technical skills in a particular area or developing/learning new skills related to their practice or area of interest;
  • Spend time working with a mentor or collaborator(s) to develop an idea or to assist in developing or up-skilling within a particular area of their practice or an area related to their practice;
  • Undertake a short period of training by way of master classes or other professional training opportunities (whether national or international);
  • Purchase a limited amount of equipment and materials to assist with the development of their practice (Note: this can be no more than 15% of the value of the overall request for support).

The maximum award is €20,000.

Arts Participation Bursary Award

The Arts Participation Bursary Award is intended to support the professional development of practicing artists by enabling them to do one or more of the following:

  • Spend focused time working at their practice, including critical reflection and evaluation;
  • Spend time researching/thinking about/developing a new idea for future dissemination;
  • Spend time developing their technical skills in a particular area;
  • Spend time developing / learning new skills related to their practice or area of interest;
  • Spend time working with a mentor or collaborator(s) to develop an idea or to assist in developing or upskilling within a particular area of their practice or an area related to their practice;
  • Spend time developing an idea in collaboration with a potential partner(s);
  • Undertake a short period of training by way of master classes or other professional training opportunities (whether national or international);
  • Purchase a limited amount of equipment and materials to assist with the development of their practice (Note: this can be no more than 15% of the value of the overall request for support);
  • Spend time undertaking a combination of the above activities.

The award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist’s development derived from an extended process of engagement with their practice, and seeks to provide artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage deeply with their practice.

We highly recommend that you get in touch with the Art Council at awards@artscouncil.ie before starting your application.

For further information on any of these funding streams, please see artscouncil.ie/funding and please read all guidelines carefully.