Artist Workspaces Capital Scheme

The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media is now inviting applications from
Local Authorities under a new pilot scheme with an allocated fund of €6m to increase the provision of
artists’ workspaces across Ireland.

Minister for the Arts Catherine Martin has announced a new fund aimed at increasing artist workspaces across the country. The pilot Artist Workspaces Scheme is worth a total of €6 million and is targeted at local authorities, which can apply for grants of up to €300,000. 

The following are examples of expenditure that are eligible for funding but this is not an exhaustive list:

  • Projects that provide additional capacity for artists and artistic production including projects
  • that address accessibility issues;
  • Refurbishment and upgrading of existing facilities to provide additional capacity for artists and
  • artistic production;
  • Lighting and sound equipment;
  • Heating and plumbing works;
  • Health and safety works;
  • Mechanical and electrical works;
  • Seating, staging, soundproofing and storage;
  • Painting and decorating (outside of routine maintenance);
  • Non personal digital equipment

Local authorities that are in densely populated areas can apply for grants up to €300,000. These areas include Cork City Council, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fingal County Council, Galway City Council, Limerick City and County Council, Louth County Council, South Dublin County Council, and Waterford City and County Council. Grants of up to €150,000 are available to the remaining local authorities. Successful applicants will be provided with 60% of the costs.

The scheme is currently open for applications from local authorities and will be assessed on a rolling basis. 

For further information on the pilot Artist Workspaces Scheme, visit