Grant Application Form

Purpose of Awards

Culture Ireland offers support to Irish professional artists, arts organisations and international presenters to present work by Irish artists at significant international venues and festivals. Proposals are considered for events where the full costs cannot be met by the artist, company or international presenter.

In supporting an event, Culture Ireland offers grant funding towards costs which relate directly to the international presentation of the event, i.e. travel and travel related costs such as transport, accommodation and subsistence.

Culture Ireland considers applications for all forms of the arts as defined in the Arts Act 2003: “arts means any creative or interpretative expression (whether traditional or contemporary) in whatever form, and includes, in particular, visual arts, theatre, literature, music, dance, opera, film, circus and architecture, and includes any medium when used for those purposes”. To be eligible for funding, the primary purpose of the proposed event must be to present the work of Irish artists internationally to a wide public audience through performance or exhibition. Decisions on applications for funding will be based on the extent to which they meet Culture Ireland's criteria below. Given the level of demand for Culture Ireland support, it is not possible to fund all eligible applications, or to fund applications for the full amount sought.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

1. Applicant must be Irish professional artist or arts organisations

2. Only international events are supported (i.e., outside the island of Ireland)

3. Funding request must relate to international presentation of event, e.g. travel costs

4. Event must be an art form defined under the Arts Act 2003

5. Events must be accessible to public

Event Criteria

1. Artistic quality of work and track record of artist/company

2. Level of geographic priority and strategic impact for Culture Ireland*

3. Profile of international venue/festival

4. Financial and operational viability of the event (including artists' fees and level of support from presenter/venue/other partners)

5. Proven capacity of applicant to present work internationally

6. Wider promotional and media impact

 * Culture Ireland prioritises major English-language markets (US, GB, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and major developing markets (China, India, Russia, Brazil and Turkey) and global cultural centres (e.g. Paris, Berlin, New York)


Examples of eligible events include

• Theatre, circus and dance performances by professional companies

• Film-makers presenting films at key international film festivals

• Performances by professional or professionally-led musicians and ensembles

• Visual artists/galleries exhibiting at internationally recognised art fairs/galleries

• Readings by writers/poets at international literary festivals


Examples of ineligible events/costs include

• Events which have already taken place

• Research, study or professional training

• Residencies

• Participation in competitive/amateur music and dance events

• Workshops/Conferences

• Presentation of work by amateur/non-professional artists

• Production Costs/Artists' Fees

• Publicity/copyright/royalties

Out of Rounds

Applications will NOT be accepted outside of the regular grants rounds, unless the following conditions are met:

1.  Attendance could not have been anticipated at the time of the last regular grant round

2.  Event is high profile and of international significance (this includes film festivals at which a film will be showcased or promoted)

3.  Event offers artist important career opportunity

4.  Opportunity cannot be availed of at a later date


Written evidence to support the above conditions is required for all out of round applications.

If you have any queries about the criteria listed above, please email

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