Grants and Awards

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 Grants & Awards for Voluntary Community Groups, Festivals & Artists in Offaly

Offaly County Council Arts Office offers several different grant programmes and schemes: Below is a summary of each offered.

Professional Artists Support Scheme  [OPENS MONDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2022 AT 10AM]

Designed to assist artists living in or from Offaly. This is an online application. Guidelines available on our Professional Artists Support Page; 

CLOSING DATE THURSDAY 19 JANUARY 2023 AT 3PM

Arts Act Grants  [OPENS MONDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2022 AT 10AM]

This grant is open to voluntary community groups/organisations, artists, town bands, musical and drama groups in Offaly. Competition is high with a high calibre applications being submitted. This is an ONLINE APPLICATION, applicants wishing to apply should read the guidelines carefully. Average grant awarded is €500.00. Guidelines can be downloaded by visiting our Arts Act Grant Page.

CLOSING DATE THURSDAY 19TH JANUARY 2023 at 3PM

Festival Arts Grants [OPENS MONDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2022 AT 10AM]

This grant supports art programmes of festivals in Offaly. This is an ONLINE APPLICATION ONLY follow the link below for the application. To download Guidelines please visit our Festival Grant Page

CLOSING DATE THURSDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2023 AT 3PM

Exhibitions @The Atrium[CLOSED]

Due to Covid 19 restrictions our the Atrium is currently closed. The Atrium at Áras an Chontae offers a contemporary space suitable for exhibition of work appropriate to the design and scale of the space. Professional artists, voluntary arts organisations, schools and the community are invited to exhibit in the Atrium. There is limited time available and not all applicants will be successful. For an application form and guidelines please click here.

FilmOffaly Award [CLOSED] 

An annual award which invites applicants to submit short film scripts. The winner of the award receives €10,000.00 towards the production of the film, together with other benefits. The film must be shot on location in Offaly. See www.filmoffaly.ie for more information and application forms. This scheme is under review for 2022

Birr Writers Residency [NOW CLOSED]

Offaly County Council Arts Office provides an annual bursary to Tin Jug Studio to provide a writers residency/retreat in the Georgian heritage town of Birr. The opportunity is for professional writers who are seeking a short break from daily routines; it is for those who feel the need to re-invigorate themselves into completing current work; and it is also for writers who may simply need inspiration, through a change of place and stimuli.