Arts Act Funding

WCC Artist Support Scheme, Groups and Organisations Bursaries & Arts Festival Fund 2016

Wicklow County Arts Office, Wicklow County Council announces the criteria and closing date for its three funding streams in 2016; the Artist Support Scheme, Arts Groups and Organisations Bursaries and the Arts Festival Fund.

It is our intention through the extension of these schemes that rich and diverse 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.

Important - Please Note:

As with 2015, in 2016 there will be a merged countywide application process for these funds. This is to reflect the strategic shift in local government in the development of Municipal Districts in place of Town Councils. This means that where previously arts organisations or individuals may have applied to a Town Council or both Wicklow County Council and a Town Council. Funding from all of the previous Town Council areas for the arts has now been centralised through the Arts Office. Budgets and funding have been adjusted accordingly to reflect this. There is now one streamlined application process to take place in January & February of 2016 for all applicants. This includes individual artists, arts organisations and arts festivals.

Artist Support Scheme:

The objective of the Artist Support Scheme, established in 2013, is to assist artists to develop their practice. The awards 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/training that will enhance practice development. This could include their participation on 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 discipline are eligible to apply for this scheme. Due to increased demand for funding the maximum amount any proposal can request is €5,000.

Any further queries can be directed to dcarroll@wicklowcoco.ie Please use Artist Supports 2016 in the subject line.

The CLOSING DATE is 12 noon on Friday February 19th 2016.

Arts Groups and Arts Organisations:

Wicklow County Arts Office is seeking applications from Arts Groups and Arts Organisations for arts projects or programmes to take place in Wicklow County in 2016. The intention of this award scheme is to support arts groups/ organisations in the realisation of an arts project or programme which will support their development in an arts context. This award scheme is open to any arts group or arts organisation based in County Wicklow. Applications can be for the realisation or showcasing of new work, or the research or development phase of a new initiative for the production/ implimentation of a particular project/ programme. Due to increased demand for funding the maximum amount any proposal can request is €3000.

Any further queries can be directed to dcarroll@wicklowcoco.ie Please use Groups and Organisations 2016 in the subject line.

The CLOSING DATE is 12 noon on Friday February 19th 2016.

Arts Festival Fund:

Wicklow County Arts Office is also seeking applications for the Arts Festival Fund from Arts Festivals to take place in Wicklow County in 2016. The intention of this award scheme is to support the programme and development of Arts Festivals in County Wicklow. This award scheme is open to both existing Arts Festivals and developing Arts Festivals that focus on an individual art discipline as well as those that are multi-disciplinary. This award can be used to fund a particular aspect of a Festivals development plan or programme for 2016. Applications can be for the production/commissioning of new work for the Festival, the engagement of professional ensembles as part of the Festivals programme, engagement of audiences, or for development of new strategies and/or approaches to the delivery of the Festival. Due to increased demand for funding the maximum amount any proposal can request is €10,000.

Any further queries can be directed to dcarroll@wicklowcoco.ie Please use Festivals Fund 2016 in the subject line.

The CLOSING DATE is 12 noon on Friday February 19th 2016.