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Arts Council Project Awards

Deadline: 1 September 2011, 5pm

The Arts Council will offer the following Project awards for activities commencing in 2012.

• Arts Participation Project Award

• Circus Project Award

• Dance Project Award

• Film Project Award

• Music Project Award

• Street Arts and Spectacle Project Award

• Theatre Project Award

• Visual Arts Project Award

Guidelines on how to apply can be downloaded here  


Information clinics on the application process for Project awards

In advance of the deadline for Project awards (Thursday, 1 September at 5:30pm) the Arts Council will hold a number of information clinics to offer advice and information on the application process as set out below:

 Galway - 3 August @ 1pm

 Nun's Island Theatre

 Cork - 4 August @ 11am

 Triskle Arts Centre

 Dublin - 9 August @ 11am

 Project Arts Centre

 Letterkenny - 11 August @ 2pm

 Letterkenny Regional Culture Centre

Artists and organisations from all artform and arts practice areas eligible to apply for the award are welcome to attend.  No booking is required. Each clinic will cover the following topics:

Using the online services websiteThe purpose of Project AwardsEligibilityFilling out the application formBudgetsEssential supporting materialThe assessment processCommon mistakes to avoidQuestions and answers


Arts Council announces deadline for Reel Art 2011

The Arts Council has announced the deadline for the 2011 Reel Art scheme.  Reel Art is designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme.  Operated in association with Filmbase and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Reel Art will support three films with grants of €70-€80,000 per project.  Reel Art films will premiere at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in February 2013. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 16 September at 5pm.

The Arts Council’s purpose in offering the Reel Art scheme is to support film artists to make documentary art films that would not otherwise get made. A key aim of the scheme is to complement, rather than replicate, the documentary and other funding programmes offered by the Arts Council, broadcasters and funding agencies in Ireland.  Reel Art projects should be conceived for theatrical exhibition at film festivals and in arthouse cinema settings.  Only proposals for original, imaginative and aesthetically-driven treatments of arts subjects will be considered while proposals that offer visually engaging, creative and experimental approaches to their subject will be prioritised.

Updated guidelines for Reel Art 2011, together with application forms for the scheme are available for download from the website .

For more information, please contact:

Clare Creely


Curved Street

Temple Bar

Dublin 2.

Tel: 01 679 6716



Small Festivals Scheme 2012, Closing Date Friday, 9 September 2011 (Round one)

The Small Festivals Scheme is designed to be flexible and to cater for the broad range of arts organisations expected to avail of the scheme from once-off local events with short lead in times, requiring modest sums, to more ambitious initiatives involving longer planning cycles and requiring more in terms of funding. It also caters for events taking place throughout the year, e.g. a series of concerts. This year, the scheme funded 163 small festivals to the value of €863,399.

Round One Closing DateRound One of the scheme is available to festivals taking place on or before 30 June 2012. Closing date for receipt of applications for Round One is Friday, 9 September 2011. If applicants are organising a series of events (e.g. concert series) taking place over the course of the year, i.e. continuing beyond 30 June, they should also apply under Round One.

How do I apply?

In order to apply for the Small Festivals Scheme you will need to register at

Click on the Sign Up button under ‘New User’ (if you are not already registered)Choose to register as ‘organisation/group’ and select ‘Next’.Fill in the required details and click ‘Register’.You will shortly receive an email giving you password details to log in.

When you have received your email and logged in to the online site you will be able to download an application form and guidance notes for the Small Festivals Scheme. 

E-mailed and faxed applications will not be accepted.

First Time ApplicationsFirst time applicants to the scheme are advised to contact Úna McCarthy, Head of Festivals and Events, prior to submitting an application; telephone +353 1 6180272 or by email to


Advance notification of grant application deadline

The deadline for the next round of Arts Council grant programmes (Regularly Funded Organisations, Annual Funding and Annual Programming Grants) will be 5:30pm on Thursday, 24 November 2011. The ‘window’ for registering for the Council’s online application process will open on Monday, 24 October 2011. Additional information on the forthcoming grants process will be made available at a later date.


Craft Council of Ireland External Exhibitions Fund

Deadline: 30 August 2011

The External Exhibitions Fund has been set up to offer annual support to the development of high-quality independent craft-based exhibitions run by individuals, organisations or groups including CCoI Guilds, Associations, Networks & Societies (GANS).

The purpose of the fund is:- To stimulate and reward the development of professional exhibition skills in makers and curators of craft.- To develop professional opportunities for Irish makers and curators, both nationally and internationally.- To encourage national and international cultural/arts venues to programme Irish craft of exhibition quality.- To increase awareness and grow the profile of Irish craft nationally and internationally, in line with the strategic objectives of the Crafts Council of Ireland.

This annual fund will support a small number of well-planned, feasible exhibitions featuring Irish craft in Ireland or abroad. This call will fund proposals due to take place in 2012. The maximum that will be allocated to any individual proposal is €7,000  


Civil Society Fund

Deadline: 12 August 2011

Irish Aid, the Government’s development cooperation programme, is committed to supporting civil society organisations as partners in the attainment of the Millennium Declaration and associated goals for poverty reduction. The Irish Aid Civil Society Policy published in April 2008, further outlines the objectives and principles of Irish Aid’s approach a measure to support the implementation of the policy, Irish Aid is now seeking applications for the Civil Society Fund. An Information Session on the guidelines and application for CSF will be held in the Irish Aid Volunteering Centre, 27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin at 11am on Wednesday, 3rd August, 2011. Find out more here


Deis Award - next closing date - 5:30pm, Friday, 9 September 2011

Deis supports one-off or short-term projects only and core funding will not be granted under the scheme. Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate:

attention to artistic qualityinnovationsignificant benefit to the traditional arts community

The purpose of the Deis scheme is to provide support for traditional arts projects, or projects involving collaboration between the traditional arts and other artforms, that are in line with the Arts Council’s policy on the traditional arts.Deis is open to individuals, groups, bands and organisations. Applications for projects involving activity addressing cultural diversity are welcome.The maximum award available is €20,000.

The closing dates for the period April - December 2011

Closing date scheduling of activity

9 September 2011 at 5:30pm: If your activity is due to commence after 21 October 2011A further deadline will be announced later in the year for activity commencing in 2012.

Further information

For further information and guidelines on this award click here. Contact Eimear Harte on +353 1 619 7807 or email

Please note

Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council’s online services website.

Applicants who have not previously used this system must register in advance of making an application.  It is recommended that applicants allow five days for registration prior to making an application.


Foras na Gaeilge schemes

For more details of Foras na Gaeilge Funding schemes please follow this link.


Culture Ireland Funding

Culture Ireland is the state agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide, working under the aegis of the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport. Culture Ireland creates and supports opportunities for Irish artists to present their work at strategic international festivals, venues, showcases and arts markets. Culture Ireland’s principal funding scheme is designed to support the presentation and promotion of Irish arts internationally. Full details:

Deadline: 15 August 2011


British - Irish Youth Programme Exchange

The Causeway programme has been developed as a means of helping to strengthen and improve relationships between young British and Irish people.Activities funded include: -Youth Exchanges-Advance Planning Visits-Contact Exchanges -Special ProjectsIt has been designed to contribute to the development of strategies aimed at diminishing misunderstandings that have existed and which currently exist between people of these islands.Strategic and developmental support for the programme is co-ordinated through a joint management committee steered by the two Governments of Great Britain and Ireland, and supported by representatives from key organisations from both islands committed to the vision of the programme. To find out more and to apply visit



The INTERREG IVA Programme for Northern Ireland, and the Border Region of Ireland is a European Union supported Structural Funds Programme which seeks to address the economic and social problems which result from the existence of borders. It supports strategic cross-border co-operation for a more prosperous and sustainable region. The INTERREG IVA Programme is worth €256 million (€192 million from the EU with further national contributions of €64 million).

The INTERREG IVA Programme continues INTERREG IIIA’s strong focus on Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. The programme is delivered through two priorities.

Priority 1: Co-operation for a more prosperous cross-border region:

It will do this by helping to diversify and develop the economy

By encouraging innovation and competitiveness in enterprise and business development

By promoting tourism

Priority 2: Co-operation for a sustainable cross-border region:

It will do this by supporting activities that

Promote cross-border co-operation in policy development and

Improve access to services to promote the quality of life for those living in the eligible area.

For further details click here


INTERREG IVB North West Europe Programme – Call for Proposals expected

The 9th call for proposals is expected to close in September / October 2011, with all programme priorities open for applications.

The exact details of the next call will be available from July 2011, with updates on the programme website

There are 4 main priorities within the programme, each with their own objectives. You can read the full list on the website above.

The contact point for the programme here in Ireland is the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly 

In the lead up to the call closing in the autumn, they are inviting potential applicants to a number of events which are taking place - (to support applicants).

If you would like more information on this programme you can download an overview here



Apply now for your ECF Collaboration Grant!

Do you have a new project in the pipeline? Are you affected by the cultural sector's funding cuts? ECF Collaboration Grants are here to help if you are collaborating on cross-border projects with partners across Europe. A new application round for the Collaboration Grants has just opened - with a deadline of 1 September 2011. The new easy-to-follow online application form is available from our website - click  to find out more...


Applications invited for Europa Nostra Awards 2012 (Deadline 1 October 2011)

Each year, Europa Nostra and the European Union reward the best of cultural heritage achievements. Through the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, excellence and dedication by architects, craftsmen, volunteers, schools, local communities, heritage owners and media is celebrated.

Cultural Heritage projects in the area of conservation, research and education as well as organisations and individuals who have made a dedicated effort in the protection of our cultural heritage, are all eligible to be considered for a prestigious Europa Nostra Award. With four months until the submission date for the 2012 awards, Irish organisations active in Cultural Heritage should consider submitting their projects and sharing their success.

The awards celebrate exemplary restorations and initiatives of the many facets of Europe's cultural heritage in four categories. Every year, up to six monetary awards of €10,000 each are awarded to the top laureates in the various categories.

For more on the Europa Nostra Awards and how to apply go to


Diversifying Your Funding Landscape - 1 Day workshop

Hunt Museum, Limerick : Monday 8 AugustIn times of funding challenge we all need to focus on sustainability, achieving as broad a landscape of income sources as possible. This workshop will show you the potential to broaden and maximise income streams, focusing on your impact as an organisation, and how that can drive income growth.

What are the different ways to fundraise? How do I get started? Who would be interested in investing in my organisation? How would I approach them?

This one-day seminar will help you find answers to these and other key questions, and will help you best communicate your organisational impact. The event will help you focus on the future and what your aims are, not for survival, but for growth.

The cost to attend is €75.00 including lunch. If a second person from the same organisation wishes to attend, the total cost for the organisation is €100.00. To reserve places, please email Places are limited.


Keep up to date with EU funding news

Register to receive real time news updates from the Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Updates are on the following funding programmes:

Culture ProgrammeYouth in ActionEurope for CitizensLifelong learning programmeErasmus MundusBilateral cooperationEurydice

You can also register for updates on call for experts, call for tenders and vacancies.


2012: EU Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

The aim of the Year is to encourage and support efforts to mobilise demographic opportunities and to embrace the contribution that older people can make to society by promoting active ageing.  

The Year also aims to help create better job opportunities and working conditions for the growing numbers of older people in Europe; help them take an active role in society and encourage healthy ageing.

Some of the objectives of the Year are:

to raise general awareness of the value of active ageing in order to highlight the useful contribution older people make to society and the economy and to do more to mobilise the potential of older peopleto promote active ageing policies, to identify and disseminate good practice and to encourage cooperation and synergiesto offer a framework for commitment and concrete action to enable all stakeholders to develop innovative solutions, policies and long-term strategies related to active ageing and intergenerational solidarity andto promote activities which will help to combat age discrimination, to overcome age related stereotypes and to remove barriers, particularly with regard to employability.

Active ageing includes creating more opportunities for older people thereby combating social exclusion, fostering active participation and encouraging healthy ageing.

More details of the Irish initiatives will be available. In the meantime see further details are available here

Culture Programme e-forms for cooperation projects now online

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) has now published the e-forms for the upcoming round of Strand 1.1 and Strand 1.2.1 cooperation projects:

Under this initiative Cultural organisations are given support for projects to work together across borders and to create and implement cultural and artistic activities. You can read more about this funding by downloading a copy of the programme guide at this link:

 You can also email the CCP to request a copy:


Technical workshops to assist Irish applicants to the Culture Programme

In the run up to the autumn deadlines, the CCP Ireland is planning to hold a workshop to assist applicants to the Culture Programme.

Details have yet to be finalised but please email the CCP to register your interest:

Culture programme information day 2011

If you were unable to make it to the Culture Programme Information day held on 30 May 2011, documents now available online.

A full list of the presentations from the day as well as video recordings of all the sessions are available for download here:


Bernadette Greevy Bursary

The National Concert Hall invites singers to apply for the Bernadette Greevy Bursary. One singer per year will be awarded the bursary of €5,000 by The National Concert Hall, in honour of Irish mezzo-soprano Dr Bernadette Greevy.The winner of the Bernadette Greevy Bursary will give a recital at The National Concert Hall at the end of 2012, featuring a new Irish piece commissioned for the occasion by The National Concert Hall. Winner of the 2010 bursary was baritone Gavan Ring, who will perform at the prizewinner’s recital in the John Field Room on 21 November 2011.


Entrants may be male or female. They must be resident or domiciled in Ireland, and in third-level education or equivalent.Each entrant will submit :

- Three copies of a CD with his or her programme of not more than 15 minutes' length

- An application form with personal details and the details of his or her programme (application forms will be available to download from this page from August 2011 onward)

- A letter of recommendation from his or her teacher by the 30 September, 2011 deadline.

First-round entries will be judged during October, and finalists will be called back for a live audition in November. In this audition, each finalist will sing three pieces:

- A Mahler song

- A Handel aria

- A piece by a living Irish composer

The winner of the bursary will receive €5000, and return to The National Concert Hall at the end of 2012 for the Bernadette Greevy Bursary Recital. Please note that previous first prize winners are ineligible to re-enter the competition.Please return with your CDs and letter of recommendation by Friday, 30 September, 2011 to:

Education & Outreach

The National Concert Hall

Earlsfort Terrace

Dublin 2


Training Links Grant Programme Opens for Applications

The Wheel is now accepting applications for the 2011-2013 Training Links Grant Programme. Training Links is an innovative network-led grant programme developed to enhance the skills and employability of people working in the community and voluntary sector in Ireland. The programme offers funding opportunities to groups of organisations that choose to come together and work collaboratively to address their shared training needs. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2011. Click below for further information and application guidelines.   


Small Grants for European Year of Volunteering Programme 2011/12

The Small Grants for European Year of Volunteering Programme is a government funded grant programme designed to encourage and support volunteering by funding a wide range of volunteer-involving projects within voluntary and community groups. It is targeted specifically at projects that promote volunteering amongst people not in paid work and other groups who are currently under-represented in the volunteering population. The Small Grants for Volunteering Programme makes small grants (of up to £1,500) available to small, locally based volunteer-involving organisations incorporating the above ethos.

The European Year of Volunteering 2011 has 4 objectives:- Creating an enabling environment for volunteering- Improve the quality of voluntary activities- Rewarding and recognizing voluntary activities and- Raising awareness about the value and importance of volunteering

Please see attached for further information and contact details.

Small Grants is funded and administered by the Voluntary & Community Unit, part of the Department for Social Development.

Selected Programmes:

excel 2016

Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

Bealtaine 2016 cover 


John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


Culture Night 2016

Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

Facebook: Mayo Culture Night

Culture Night 2016

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