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 further notice. 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.

Arts Act Grants

Arts Act Grant Scheme 2021 NOW CLOSED

Available to voluntary Community groups, art groups, Town Bands, Drama and Musical Groups in Offaly

Closing Date; WEDNESDAY 20 JANUARY AT 3PM

Below are details of the grants guidelines and an application form for 2021 PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY

Arts Act Grant Application Form 2021 PDF

Arts Act Grant Guidelines 2021 PDF

Arts Act Grant Application Form 2021 WORD

Arts Act Grant Guidelines 2021 WORD

Offaly County Council Arts Office are calling out to communities to make an application to the Arts Acts Grants for 2021. The Arts Acts Grants are an annual funding scheme which provide support to communities wishing to engage in a range of arts activity and projects within the community context such as workshops, projects, presentations or events. The aim of the scheme is to stimulate public interest in the arts, promote the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the art and assist in improving the standards of the arts. The Arts Act 2003, from which this scheme derives, includes in the definition of the “arts”, music, literature, film, video, community arts, drama, dance, visual arts, architecture, applied arts.

On an annual basis many community groups use this funding towards developing, producing and hosting excellent arts events and projects within their communities, across the county; from staging musicals and choral events, to youth dance workshops, arts and health projects, visual arts and drama. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, 2020 has been a difficult year for many community groups to utilise the funding they applied for under this scheme, therefore the Arts Office are calling on groups to make an application for 2021, but to include in the application, contingency planning, in other words to come up with a plausible Plan B scenario that would still fit into the criteria of the scheme, if we are faced with further lockdowns in 2021. We want to see the groups and organisations who have put so much work over the years into the development of their organisations to continue to grow and flourish.

The application deadline is 20th Jan 2021

We are looking forward to receiving your applications