Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts

The second round of the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund, in partnership with Business to Arts (The Fund) is now open. The all-island Fund will make a total of €1 million in arts funding available over three years, awarded to projects that are adapting due to the pandemic, or are inspired by and responding to our recovery.

The Fund supports or commissions artists and arts organisations to develop arts projects that engage the individuals, audiences and communities involved. All art forms are eligible to apply to The Fund. With this second round, Bank of Ireland and Business to Arts are encouraging more applications from artists who specialise in fine-art film and craft-related disciplines and from community arts organisations, who were under-represented in round one.

For this second round, only projects that plan to take place between December 2021 and December 2022 are eligible. The above criteria are applicable for this round and may change in round three.

Applicants can request funds between €3,000 – €10,000 / (STG equivalent). Average grants will be €5,000 / (STG equivalent), with maximum grants of €10,000 / (STG equivalent). Artwork(s) / arts project(s) with larger budgets that have secured funds elsewhere are encouraged to apply. With each grant round the Fund aims to provide funding to an artwork / art project in each county on the island of Ireland.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday, 23 June 2021.

Two webinars were held to help those applying and these can be re-watched here.

For further information and application details, please see