The Government has agreed that Level 5 (with some amendments) as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will continue to apply nationally until July 5th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is a continued need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings have reopened to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect since Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Grants and Awards

Photo of artists hands Photo by Andy Mason

 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 [NOW CLOSED]

Designed to assist artists living in or from Offaly. Applications and guidelines available on our Professional Artists Support Page; CLOSING DATE THURSDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2021

Arts Act Grants [CLOSED]

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. Applicants wishing to apply should read the application guidelines carefully and complete all sections including a detailed budget. Average grant awarded is €500.00. Further details can be seen by visiting our Arts Act Grant Page.CLOSING DATE WEDNESDAY 20TH JANUARY 2021

Festival Arts Grants [NOW CLOSED]

This grant supports art programmes of festivals in Offaly. Closing date To download application forms please visit our Festival Grant Page please email for application forms. CLOSING DATE THURSDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2021.

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 for more information and application forms. This scheme is under review for 2021

Birr Writers Residency [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. Applications and Guidelines can be downloaded by following this link. Closing date has been extended to 28 May 2020 at 4pm