County Coun­cil now tak­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for art fund­ing

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Cork County Coun­cil is tak­ing ap­pli­ca­tions on eight fronts for art fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the re­gion and for the first time these can be made on­line.

It is seek­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for the gen­eral arts grants scheme, artists in schools scheme, Ir­ish-lan­guage arts, artists fund­ing schemes (open only to prac­tis­ing artists), artists’ cre­ative bur­sary, in­ter­na­tional tour­ing and ex­hi­bi­tion, Ty­rone Guthrie Cen­tre bur­sary and Ballinglen Arts Foun­da­tion bur­sary. Arts ac­tiv­i­ties sup­ported in­clude arts fes­ti­vals and events; the work of vol­un­tary arts groups such as pipe and bands; tra­di­tional mu­sic groups; lo­cal arts cen­tres; writ­ers groups etc.

The scheme also sup­ports ac­cess to the arts for more marginalised groups such as, peo­ple with dis­abil­ity, the el­derly, those liv­ing in re­mote ar­eas, young peo­ple.

In­di­vid­ual artists can ap­ply for fund­ing to help cover costs of de­vel­op­ing a new body of work.

Pri­mary and post-pri­mary schools seek­ing to work with an artist on a spe­cific project can ap­ply through the Artist in Schools strand.

A num­ber of new arts fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties are be­ing in brass in­tro­duced by Cork County Coun­cil in 2018. These in­clude a fund specif­i­cally de­signed to pro­mote more arts ac­tiv­ity us­ing Ir­ish and a strand that aims to sup­port in­ter­na­tional per­for­mances or ex­hi­bi­tions by county based artists.

Coun­cil arts of­fi­cer, Ian McDon­agh, said they are bring­ing their grants ap­pli­ca­tions process on­line as part of Cork Coun­cil Coun­cil’s cus­tomer ser­vices trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme: “We have made this process user­friendly and hope ap­pli­cants will find it easy to use.”

The clos­ing date for ap­pli­ca­tions is Fri­day. cork­

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