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Arts Acts Grants - Deadline June 17th 2011

In Brief:

For Mayo based groups/organisations seeking assistance with activities/events which stimulate public interest in the arts, promote knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts, or assist in improving standards of the Arts in the County.  Arts Grants are awarded to groups and individuals who satisfy the policies of the Council in relation to the development of the Arts in the County.


2011 - June 17

Maximum amount awarded:

Maximum awarded to date is €5,000, minimum amount awarded €150

Application procedure:

Application forms and full application guidelines and criteria are available on line at in the arts section or from the Arts Office on 094-9047558 or .

St Stephen’s Green Trust: New Grant Scheme

Deadline: 30 June 2011

New Grant Scheme focused on the needs of the most marginalised survivors of abuse in Irish religious-run institutions.St Stephen’s Green Trust is introducing a grant scheme to implement the recommendations in its short research report by Mary Higgins, ‘Developing a profile of survivors of abuse in Irish religious institutions’ (available for download at The details and timeline for the grant scheme are available from the Trust office and on the website at, 30th June 2011 – an information meeting on the Grant Scheme will be held at the Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier St, Dublin 2 between 12noon and 2pm.

If you would like more information or wish to attend the meeting, please contact: Orla O’Neill, Grants & Development Director, St Stephen’s Green Trust at(045) 480666 or


Bursary Awards next closing date - 5:30 p.m, Thursday, 14 July 2011

The following awards are available:• Dance Bursary Award • Literature Bursary Award • Opera Bursary Award • Street Arts and Spectacle Bursary Award• Visual Arts Bursary Award • Young People, Children and Education Bursary Award

The Arts Council provides Bursary Awards in order to assist individual artists in the development of their arts practice. The award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist’s development that is derived from an extended process of engagement with their practice.

Please noteApplications 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.

Further information• Further information and guidelines on each award is published on the available funding section on our website


Collections Mobility - workshop

In keeping with the recommendations of the above initiative in Collections Mobility a workshop will be held at the Hunt Museum, Limerick, on Wednesday 8th June.   The purpose of the workshop is to alert you to the potentials of this scheme, its benefits and challenges.   The format will be informal but informative and active discussion will be encouraged. The workshop will be conducted by Dr Hugh Maguire, Director of the Hunt Museum and Ms Kim Smit, Registrar, National Gallery of Ireland.

The schedule for the morning:

09.45 – 10.00   Coffee

10.00                Welcome and Introduction

10.15 – 11.15    Indemnity & Insurance

11.15 – 11.30   Break

11.30 – 13.00    Loans: facility reports & loan agreements

13.00 – 13.30    Q & A


Music Network Performance and Touring Award

With funding from the Arts Council, the Performance and Touring Award was developed by Music Network, the national music development organisation, to assist Irish and Ireland-based musicians in realising performance opportunities.  Closing dates for applications are Monday 14th February, 5pm and Monday 13th June, 5pm, 2011. The scheme is open to musicians and ensembles of all genres that are of Irish nationality or resident in Ireland.

Further information:


Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme 2011

Managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts

Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work collaboratively on arts projects. The scheme covers all art forms –architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts.The projects can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts eg arts and health; arts in prisons; arts and older people; arts and cultural diversity.

There are two phases to the Scheme:

Phase One, Research & Development, is open to artists who wish to research and develop a project in a community context. Maximum time frame is 3 months. The maximum amount awarded in Phase One is €1,000.

Phase One, Research & Development/Mentoring is open to artists who wish to develop a community based project and who have identified an artist mentor they want to work with during the research and development phase. The maximum award is €1500, which includes E500 fee payable to the mentor. 

Phase Two, Project Realisation, is open to communities of interest or place (or their representative organisations), planning a project of between 6 weeks and 5 months with a maximum award of €5000, and those who are planning a project of between 6 months and 9 months with a maximum award of €10,000.

The deadlines in 2011 are Monday 14 March 5pm and Monday 27 June 5pm.

For further information, application forms or to book an advisory session, contact Katherine Atkinson, Project Support & Professional Development, 01-4736600 or email  Also visit the Professional Development page Artist in the Community


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


Arts Council Deis Award

The Deis Award provides support for traditional arts projects, or projects involving collaboration between the traditional arts and other artforms. Deis supports one-off or short-term projects only and other funding will not be granted under the scheme. Proposals are accepted from all areas in the traditional arts (traditional music, song, dance and oral artforms such as storytelling and agallamh beirte) and priority will be given to projects that demonstrate attention to artistic quality, innovation and significant benefit to the traditional arts community. Deis proposals are currently accepted on a rolling basis, submitted at least twelve weeks before the project is due to start. From 15th April onwards, the award will operate with a series of specific deadlines for applications throughout the year. The next application deadline is 9th June 2011 (for activities is due to commence on or before 21st October 2011).

Further information

Contact: Eimear Harte

Position: Traditional Arts Assistant

Telephone: 01 6197807



Arts Council Young Ensembles Scheme 2011: Call for Applications

Applications are invited for activities beginning between 1 July and 31 December 2011 and completed by 30 June 2012.

The primary purpose of this award is to support groups of young people between the ages of 12 and 23 to create ambitious and original work together in any artform (e.g: circus, dance, digital media, film, music, theatre, literature, visual arts, or any combination of the above). Groups/ensembles must be made up of 3 or more members.The maximum award available is €10,000. For more information on how to apply, see or contact Audrey Keane, Young People, Children and Education Officer, at


Permanent TSB Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards 2011: Call for Entries

 Is your youth group trying to help make Ireland a better place or maybe their efforts have focused on those further a field? Have they worked together to try and bring about positive change in their community? Then the Permanent TSB Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards want to hear from you!

So if your group is involved already in doing something for their community or is planning to do something for their community then they would love to hear from you. Simply email with your group’s name, contact person, postal address, email and a contact telephone number.  On receiving your expression of interest we will send you a citizenship pack, complete with project report form, guidelines for filling it out and more information on what is involved in being part of the youth citizenship awards. For more informationcontact Rosie at or 086 6064110 or check out


NYCI Artist in Youth Work Scheme 2011

The NYCI Arts programme announces a call for applications for 2nd round of the 2011 Artist in Youth Work Residency Scheme. The Artist in Youth Work Residency Scheme offers grants to youth arts organisations or youth work organisations working in an arts context, who would like to engage with a professional artist.The aim of the scheme is to encourage artistic collaboration between professional artists and young people. Young people will have the opportunity to work with and learn from practitioners of excellence in their field. Equally, artists will have the opportunity to enrich their own professional practice through the contextual experience of working with young people. There are two awards under this scheme, The Artist in Residency award and the Youth Arts Development award. Grants of up to €5,000 are awarded to organisations following the application procedure.

For more information, please contact Fiona Smith, youth arts project officer at NYCI.

T: 01 4784122



Colmcille: Irish and Scottish Gaelic communities

Deadline: 3 June 2011

Colmcille fosters understanding of the diverse experience and culture of the Irish and Scottish Gaelic communities, as well as encouraging debate on common concerns in social, cultural and economic issues with a view to building self-confidence within the Gaelic language communities.One of the underlying principles of Colmcille is that its work and grant aided projects heightens awareness of the contribution of Gaelic to the cultural identity of both Ireland and Scotland. All applications must have a strong focus on language, and link Scottish and Irish Gaelic. Receipt of Colmcille funding in the past, does not guarantee future funding for the same initiative. Priority will be given to strong Community Partnerships and linkages, and we especially welcome applications for fresh and innovative projects which develop new original ways of representing Gaelic Ireland and Scotland.Should you be interested in making an application, please contact the Project Officer for your own region in the first instance.Colmcille’s funding priorities:Colmcille will direct its grant towards projects that accelerate the numbers of people learning and using Gàidhlig and Gaeilge*Each grant-aided project must have a strong focus on language, and must link Scottish and Irish Gaelic;* Projects should promote relationships between Gaelic-speaking communities in Scotland and Ireland.

For full details visit


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 economyBy encouraging innovation and competitiveness in enterprise and businessdevelopment andBy 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 andImprove access to services to promote the quality of life for those living in the eligible area.

For further details click here


Coca Cola Launches New Fund for Ireland

Coca Cola has established the 125 Years Thank You Fund in partnership with The Wheel and the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA).

The fund was launched on 8 May 2011 to commemorate the selling of the first Coke in Atlanta, Georgia 125 years ago and will support non-profit organisations in Ireland to support initiatives that improve the quality of life.

Projects must address the following objectives:

§ Social and Education Programmes aimed at young people:

o  Improving access to education for young people and supporting those at risk from economic and social issues.

§ Healthy and Active Lifestyles:

o  Improving access to exercise physical activity, encouraging attitudinal changes to lifestyle and educating people about nutrition.

§ Environmental Leadership:

o  Encouraging recycling and educating people about sustainability.

Coca Cola is donating €125,000 to the fund.

Ten applicants will receive €10,000 and five applicants will receive €5,000

Eligible applicants include:

§ Charitable organisations with a registered charity number.

§ Voluntary organisations working within the community.

§ Not for profit community organisations.

§ Local sports club e.g. GAA Club.

§ A foundation or a trust.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 30 June 2011.


Arts & Disability Awards Ireland 2011

Round 1 of grant programme opens May 2011

Deadline: 4pm, Wednesday 22 June 2011

Managed by the Arts & Disability Forum on behalf of the two Arts Councils of this island, the Arts & Disability Awards Ireland scheme is a dedicated tool to support individual deaf or disabled artists. Through this funding, artists with disabilities have developed unique artwork of extremely high artistic quality, some progressing to a level where international recognition is won. Advice is available from the initial idea through to the submission of the application. The scheme’s purpose is to identify, encourage and nurture individual talent amongst disabled practitioners. Individuals can apply for up to GBP5,000 (or the Euro equivalent).

You may think you don’t know anyone who could apply but this scheme is for all types of disabled people and all artforms. It isn’t always possible to tell who is disabled and some people feel so stigmatised that they try to hide their condition. So please help your contacts towards an opportunity by spreading the word about the Arts & Disability Awards Ireland scheme.

Grant forms can be downloaded from or we can email them to you.

For access reasons we prefer you to submit the form as an electronic document if possible but we can supply standard print hard copies if required. Alternatively formatted information can also be made available, for example large print or Braille, and if you are a British Sign Language or Irish Sign language user, we can give you a dvd introduction to the scheme in BSL or ISL.

For an answer to queries, or for further information, contact Gillian Porter at the Arts & Disability Forum:T: (028) 9023 9450, from RoI (048) 9023 9450;E:


Sky Arts Ignition

Sky is to expand further its support for the arts in the UK and Ireland with the launch of a major new programme to support new arts projects and emerging artists. The programme involves the creation of a new arts fund, Sky Arts Ignition, with two distinct and complementary strands: The Sky Arts Ignition Series and Sky Arts Ignition Futures Fund.The Sky Arts Ignition Series will seek to collaborate with six arts organisations over the next three years in the creation of brand new works. For each of the chosen projects, Sky Arts will provide a cash investment of up to £200,000 and work with the arts partners to bring their projects to a wider audience, using Sky's platform. The Series is the latest development in Sky's ongoing commitment to broadening access to the arts across the country, and will represent an investment of over £1million.The Sky Arts Ignition Series seeks to work closely with as yet unselected artists and arts organisations, in order to equip both organisations and broadcasters with a true understanding of each other's process, combining their expertise to produce the best possible work and offering a unique support system in which to develop and produce brand new projects. Sky Arts, in partnership with the organisations, will determine how best Sky can give the project prominence on-air, on demand, online and on the ground, as well as providing marketing, publicity and new media support for each project.Applications are now open at Further details of the Series are outlined on the site, along with full guidelines for entries.In parallel, the Sky Arts Ignition Futures Fund is designed to help young talent to bridge the development gap from school or college to becoming a working artist. Each year, the fund will support five individuals with a bursary of £30,000 each, enabling Sky Arts to back the creation of new works of art as well as nurture emerging talent.

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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