Yes, you can make an online application for funding at the Arts Council online services website: https://onlineservices.artscouncil.ie/. Please make sure to read the guidelines for the relevant fund before you apply. You can find details about available Arts Council funding in the financial support section of this website.
We do our best to accommodate people with disabilities who want to submit an application or who have difficulties in accessing Online Services. We will tailor support to individual requests.
For help submitting your application, please contact the Arts Council’s Access Officer, Vanessa Carswell. You can either:
Please do so as soon as possible before the award deadline as this will give Vanessa time to assist you.
In addition to the maximum amount you can apply for under awards for artists, the Arts Council will also consider access costs specifically relating to the making of work by artists with disabilities. If you wish to apply for additional funding on this basis, you will be asked to outline what these costs are as part of your application budget and supporting materials. The award guidelines provide information on how to do this.
The Arts Council recommends that you consult with your accountant or seek advice from the Revenue Commissioner on any issues relating to tax. The Revenue Commissioner has indicated that for those who have obtained artists exemption status under Section 195, Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, Arts Council bursaries and cnuas payments are exempt from tax.
Tax clearance certificates are supplied by the Irish Revenue and confirm that a person's or organisation's tax affairs are in order at the date the certificate was issued. You do not need to be resident in Ireland to request a tax clearance certificate.
For instructions on requesting a certificate, please visit the Tax Clearance section on the Revenue website - http://www.revenue.ie/en/business/running/tax-clearance.html.
Your application will be considered ineligible if:
- You miss the application deadline;
- You do not submit a completed application form through Online Services
(an application form attached as a supporting document will not be
- You fail to complete all of the sections in the application form relevant to
- You cannot apply, as set out in the funding guidelines;
- You apply for an amount of funding greater than the maximum amount
allowed for within the award to which you are applying;
- You apply for an activity or purpose that you cannot apply for, as set out
in the funding guidelines;
- You fail to provide all mandatory supporting materials, as set out in the funding guidelines;
- Your application is better suited to another funding programme offered
by the Arts Council or by another funding agency (in this case we will
redirect you to the more appropriate funding opportunity).
All awards are made in a competitive environment focusing on the criteria outlined and, where relevant, specific criteria for the award. Unsuccessful applicants should consider applying again in future rounds.
Because of the competitive nature of the awards and the large number of applicants, it is not possible to make an award to all eligible and good applicants. Eligibility and compliance with criteria for assessment alone does not guarantee receipt of an award.
Yes - you can still apply for funding from the Arts Council under any
funding programme. The BIA Pilot Scheme was never established as an alternative
to or a replacement for Arts Council funding. As a pilot project it is testing
the impact of this additional investment in the arts sector. Over the course of
the pilot the Arts Council will monitor whether there are any changes in
application patterns to Arts Council funding programmes. The Basic Income for
the Arts Pilot Scheme is an initiative of the Department of Tourism, Culture,
Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. Any queries about the scheme should be
emailed to email@example.com.
scheme should not be identified and named as a specific source of partnership
funding within an application. If an applicant were intending to use BIA
income in this way it should simply be identified within the application as a
personal contribution. However, it should be noted that the Arts Council does
not encourage individuals to use their own personal funds as partnership
funding in support of their applications. The Basic Income for the Arts
Pilot Scheme is an initiative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts,
Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. Any queries about the scheme should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.