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Arts Act Funding

Funding and support schemes offered by Wicklow Arts Office to artists, arts organisations and arts festivals.

Music Under the Mountains - Arts Festival Award Scheme

Wicklow County Arts Office announce the closing date and criteria for its three Arts Bursary and Awards Schemes in 2020.

  • Artist Support Awards Scheme 2020
  • Arts Groups / Organisations Awards Scheme 2020
  • Arts Festival Awards Scheme 2020

The Arts Grants are offered each year to develop and deliver arts festivals, individuals and arts groups and arts programmes of high quality and impact.  These will enhance and complement the strategic development of the arts in the County. This call is open to artists, arts festivals and to arts groups and organisations across all arts disciplines. Proposals should add significant value to arts practice, experience and/or participation in the arts in County Wicklow and support the Council’s strategic goals for the arts.

It is our intention through the extension of these schemes that a diverse range of creative projects will be cultivated for the county, which will nurture artists practice, create connectivity, generate new perspectives and voices within the cultural life of the county and support a myriad of high calibre arts events. 

The closing date for all applications is Thursday 27th February 2020 at 12 noon.

Artist Support Awards Scheme

The objective of the Individual Artist Awards Scheme, established in 2013, is to assist artists to develop their arts practice.  The award should make a significant contribution to the professional life or development of artists from, or living in, County Wicklow.  The purpose of the scheme is to allow artists working in any context to realise a specific body of work or training that will enhance their arts practice development.  This could include their participation in short-term courses, specialist workshops, mentorships etc, but is not intended to fund undergraduate third-level or ongoing study.  The intention is to offer artists time to undertake residencies, or buy time to research a new body of work with a particular focus on career development.  Professional practicing artists working in any artform are eligible to apply for this scheme.  Due to increased demand for funding the maximum amount any proposal can request is €5,000.

For queries please contact the Arts Office on 0404 20155 or 

Please use Individual Artist Support Awards 2020 in the subject line.  You can download the information below.

Arts Groups/Organisations Awards Scheme

The objective of this award scheme is to support arts groups/organisations in the realisation of an arts project or programme which will support their artistic development.  It is the intention of this award to fund in total or in part a project/programme, which sees the realisation/showcasing of new work. Applications can be for a research and development phase of a new initiative or for the production/ implementation of a new arts project or programme for 2020. Where the realisation of the proposed project/programme requires additional financial resources over and above €3,000, which is the maximum amount available to any one group under this award, evidence of confirmed funding is required from identified sources.

For queries please contact the Arts Office on 0404 20155 or  

Please use Arts Groups/ Organisations Awards 2020 in the subject line. You can download the information below.

Arts Festival Awards Scheme

The objective of this award scheme is to support programming and development of Arts Festivals in County Wicklow. It is the intention of this award to fund, in full or in part, a particular aspect of a Festivals development plan or programme for 2018.  In the case of Arts Festivals, applications can be for: the production/commissioning of new work for the Festival; the engagement of professional ensembles as part of the Festival programme; the engagement of audiences; or the development of new strategies and/or approaches to the delivery of the Festival.  The maximum amount that a festival can apply for in 2020 is €5,000.

For queries please contact the Arts Office on 0404 20155 or    

Please use Arts Festival Awards 2020 in the subject line.  You can download the information below.



Artists Information Clinic

The Arts Office aims to create an environment in which artists across disciplines have the freedom to make work of ambition and annually offers two core strands of funding, the Artist Support and Strategic Projects Schemes. In advance of the deadlines for both schemes (27/02/2020 @ 12 noon) prospective applicants are invited to attend this clinic where the Arts Officer and other artists will discuss the awards, share advice and tips and answer your questions.

In addition Arts Consultant, Helen Meany, will share her extensive experience of assessing individual artists awards for the Arts Council and other funders. The Clinic will be facilitated by Susan Coughlan, Consultant and Coach and will be followed by a chance to talk further with peers at the end.

If you are booking in and interested in applying for Arts Office funding in 2020, you should in advance download the Application Forms and Guidelines from and consider how you might create your application and articulate your creative ambition for 2020. This will help identify relevant questions on the day for the panel so that you can maximise the experience.

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