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Grants and Bursaries Available in Ireland

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Vanessa O'Loughlin

These are a range of the grants and bursaries available in Ireland – we hope that it will be an evolving list so if we’ve missed one that you know of, do please let us know so that we can add it. As our resident blogger over at Song Book, Derek Flynn’s experience shows, if you are serious about your writing, it’s well worth applying – it’s a cliche, but if you’re not in, you can’t win!

Arts Council Literature Bursary Award

The Literature Bursary Award supports individual professional artists in the field of Literature

The purpose of the award is to support writers to develop their art practice.

The award emphasises the value and benefit to a writer’s development that is derived from concentrating on their writing for a period of time. The award therefore provides writers with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and write, usually by releasing them from financial commitments

Potential proposals could be those that:

-Allow writers of poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction to concentrate on a collection, novel or other piece of critical or creative writing by releasing them from financial commitments.

Literature bursaries are awarded to writers at all stages of their careers, though larger bursaries are typically awarded to writers with an established track record.

A small number of bursaries will be awarded to writers who are at the beginning of their careers. These bursaries will be awarded at a value of €3,000.


The award is open to artists working in all genres and at all stages in their professional careers. To be eligible to apply applicants must:

– Have been born in, or be resident in, the Republic of Ireland;

– Be professional practicing artists. Although they may not necessarily earn income continuously from their arts practice, they must identify themselves and be recognized by their peers as professional practicing artists.

The maximum Bursary Award available is €15,000 per year. In a very limited number of cases the Arts Council may also support applications for multi-annual bursaries of up to €30,000 for a two-year period or €45,000 for a three-year period.

More info available at:


Meath County Council/ Tyrone Guthrie Centre Regional Bursary

Meath County Council invites artists of all disciplines to apply for a Bursary which entitles the successful applicant to a two week residency in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan. The Bursary will allow the applicant to work towards the completion of a particular project in a unique working environment.

There is no application form for this Bursary. The Bursary is open to practitioners of all the arts, from or domiciled within County Meath. There is no age limit. Applicants should be able to show considerable achievement in their chosen field.

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Sligo County Council Arts Bursary

Sligo County Council Arts Service is pleased to announce its arts grants and bursaries for individual artists, community and voluntary arts groups involved in enhancing access to the arts throughout County Sligo. These grants and bursaries by Sligo County Council providing funding opportunities for communities and professional artists towards a diverse range of artistic activities covering all art forms including literature, visual arts, music, traditional music and dance, theatre and drama, photography, film and electronic media, festivals and individual arts practice.

A total of €20,000 will be available for Arts Grants to support community-based arts festivals, events and professional development training for amateur and voluntary arts groups taking place between July 2011 and July 2012.  An Artist Bursary fund of €7,000 will be available for to support professional artists in the development of their arts practice.  In allocating grants, Sligo County Council will consider to what extent the grant request accords with the County Council’s policies and priorities on the promotion of the arts.

More information available at:


Dublin City Council Arts Bursaries and Incubation Space Awards

Dublin City Council invites applications from artists who wish to be considered for a Bursary of 4,000 towards studies at an advanced level or the development of work/professional skills. Artists, resident in Dublin City Council’s administrative area, can apply for a Bursary in Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Drama and Literature. One

Bursary will be awarded in each discipline.

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ArtLinks Bursary Awards

ArtLinks supports the professional development of creative practitioners, aged 18 years and over, who are resident in the County Council administrative areas of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow counties.

In 2011, ArtLinks Bursary Awards are open to individuals within their chosen discipline, to provide arts development support enabling arts research time / arts development through arts projects and assistance for arts training/education.

More Information available at:


Arts Participation Project Award

Commencing in 2012

The Arts Participation Project Award supports initiatives in the field of Arts Participation taking place in 2012.

The purpose of the award is to support proposals from artists or arts organisations working with groups or communities.

The Arts Council has identified the following as strategic priorities for support through this award – projects that focus on the contexts of health, disability, cultural diversity, older people, and communities of place or interest.


The award is open to individuals or organisations.

The award is also open to organisations that are not in receipt of funding under any of the main Arts Council grant programmes (Regularly Funded Organisations, Annual Funding, Annual Programming Grant).

Organisations based outside the Republic of Ireland are eligible to apply; however, such organisations must demonstrate that the primary benefit of any proposed project is delivered in the Republic of Ireland.

If applying as an individual you must have been born in, or be resident in, the Republic of Ireland.

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Kildare County Council Cecil Day Lewis Literary Bursary Award

The Cecil Day Lewis Literary Bursary Award is open to both established and emerging writers and critics in all genres to enable both Research (towards the production of new writings) and Formal or informal training  (Participation in a professional or post-graduate course, mentoring, or other initiative, which will expand existing practice)

The bursary award is € 2,500.

More information available at:


The Young People, Children and Education Bursary Award

The Young People, Children, and Education Bursary Award supports individual professional artists working with, and producing work for, children and young people across a range of artforms. The purpose of the award is to support professional artists to develop their art 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. The award therefore provides artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their art practice.

The maximum Bursary Award available is €10,000


The award is open to artists working in all art forms and at all stages in their professional careers. To be eligible to apply applicants must:

Provide a statement that describes their code of practice regarding child protection and welfare.

Have been born in, or be resident in, the Republic of Ireland.

Be professional practicing artists. Although they may not necessarily earn income continuously from their arts practice, they must identify themselves and be recognised by their peers as professional practicing artists

More information available at


Arts Council of Ireland Travel & Training Award

There are no formal deadlines for the Travel and Training Award. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. Applicants seeking support for formal courses (postgraduate or equivalent) and for other eligible opportunities must submit their application at least six weeks before their course or work programme begins.

There are two strands to this award. The principal strand is Travel and Training Outbound, for which the majority of funding is available; the secondary strand is Travel and Training Inbound.

Travel and Training Outbound

The primary purpose of Travel and Training Outbound is to support individuals who wish to avail of training and other professional development opportunities abroad, where the focus is on the development of the individual’s own arts practice.

Travel and Training Inbound

The primary purpose of Travel and Training Inbound is to support individuals or organisations who wish to invite specialists from abroad to deliver high-level training or mentoring for the professional development of artists and others working professionally in the arts in Ireland.

More information available at:


Young Ensembles Scheme

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 art form (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.

More information available at:


Location One Fellowship

Based in the Soho district of New York, Location One is an independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to fostering new forms of creative expression and cultural exchange through exhibitions, residencies, performances, public lectures and workshops. It supports experimentation and is focused on the convergence between visual, performing and digital arts.

Location One operates an international residency programme where emerging and established artists can experiment with new forms of artistic expression, particularly those involving new technologies

More information available at:


Cavan County Arts Award

The Arts Awards aim to stimulate and support the ongoing development of the arts in County Cavan. Cavan County Council strives to support artists and audiences in engaging with quality artwork through visual exhibition, live art events and arts production.

The main objectives of the awards are:

  • To assist organisations, individuals and communities in developing and promoting a wide range of quality arts activities and experiences.
  • To work with individuals and communities to promote access, inclusion and participation in the arts.
  • To assist in the development of new and innovative arts projects and events in County Cavan.

More information available at:


Cork County Council Artist’s Bursary Scheme

The purpose of this scheme is to support artists undertaking new creative projects. Proposals submitted may relate to costs of a research phase of a project, the creation of a specific work, or both.  All art forms are eligible. Applicants should note that this scheme is open only to practicing artists currently resident in Cork County. Proposed projects must be capable of being completed within 12 months of the grant date.

More information available at:


Cork County Council Artists in School Scheme

The purpose of the scheme is to support projects that enable students and teaching staff to work collaboratively with an artist on a creative project for an extended period. A limited number of projects will be supported in 2010.

The level of grant assistance will be between €1,500 and €3,000 per project and will be subject to an agreed financial contribution by the applicant body. The scheme is open to both Primary and Post-Primary Schools in the Cork County area. Proposals for projects in all art forms are eligible.

More information available at:


Kilkenny County Council Dingle Writing Course Bursary

Kilkenny County Council Arts Office in partnership with Dingle Writing Courses Ltd. has in previous years offered a weekend writing course to one practitioner domiciled in Kilkenny. The 2010 bursary has already been offered to a practitioner earlier this year. Below are details of the bursary scheme:

The aim of the Bursary is to assist and encourage both established and emerging literary practitioners in giving them an opportunity to work intensively on a writing course alongside others in a very unique environment.
The Dingle Writing Course Bursary will facilitate a participant’s professional development while furthering their knowledge and experience in dealing with other professionals involved in the literary world.

More information available at:


Leitrim County Council Arts and Culture Awards

Organisations and groups who are involved in any way in the promotion and development of arts and culture in any of their many forms, in Co. Leitrim are invited to nominate individuals or groups who they consider to have given outstanding contributions to arts and culture in the County;

Awards will be given under the following categories;

Youth (under 18)


Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement.

More information available at:


Offaly County Council Support to Artist Scheme

To be eligible for the scheme artists need to be from or living in Offaly and be included on our Professional Artists Database. Artists awarded must have a tax clearance certificate or artist exemption certificate.

The Scheme offers artists three options:-

Support for Artists Funding: – Grants are awarded to successful applicants for materials for development of new work, realisation of a new project (i.e. publication, recording etc.) and funding towards further training.

Tyrone Gutherie Bursary: – A bursary given to one artist that includes two weeks full board in an artist’s retreat to aid the development of new work.

Opportunity to Exhibit in Aras an Chontae: – Successful Artists are chosen to exhibit new works in the coming year in the Exhibition Space of Aras an Chontae Tullamore.

More information available at:


Roscommon County Council Individual Artists Bursary

This bursary programme is designed to further the development of individual artists, from any discipline, for any purpose that will demonstratively contribute to an artist’s development. Among such purposes, the scheme may be used to offset the expenses of the following –

-Participation in ad-hoc education such as mentoring, research or short-term courses.

-Development of new work for exhibition, publication or presentation.

-Participation in conventional part-time or full-time education where other sources of public funding are unavailable.

-Contribute to the removal of existing barriers to an artist’s development.

The value of the awards rises to a maximum of €1,000.


Individual artists from any discipline

More information available at:


South Tipperary County Council Artist Bursary Award Scheme

The Art Service of South Tipperary County Council is pleased to announce that applications are now being invited from individual artists, resident in or originally from South Tipperary for the Artist Bursary Award Scheme.

The aim of this scheme is to support artist’s living in and from South Tipperary in developing their own arts practice. This is not an education bursary.

There are two awards

Emerging Artist Award, €1,000 (1 award available)

Artist Award – €2,000 ( 2 awards available)

More information available at:


Westmeath County Council Individual Artists Bursary

This fund provides funding to individual professional artists based in Westmeath who earn a proportion of their annual income through their artistic endeavors.

Westmeath County Council will offer bursaries, each year, in respect of the professional development of individual professional artists practicing in any of the artistic disciplines outlined in the County Arts plan.

More information available at:


We have strived to include every available Bursary and Grant in Ireland but if we have missed one please get in touch, contact@writing.ie, and we will update the list with any additional bursaries.

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