Current Funding Supports and Opportunities

Opportunities for funding from Clare County Council arise throughout the year, as government departments offer funding and  / or create new schemes. For information purposes only we have listed schemes and opportunities that have been open during the last 12 months

1. Assistance under the Arts Act Grants Scheme 2024

The Assistance under the Arts Act Grant Scheme is coordinated by the Rural Development Directorate through the Clare Local Area Grants Scheme. All inquiries to Kathy Coleman or (065) 6846358.

Under the scheme assistance is given to arts activities that

  • stimulate public interest in the arts
  • provide knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts
  • improve the standard of the arts in Clare.

There are 3 categories of support:

  1. Artist Support – Support for individual artists / artists projects
  2. Organisational Support / Events & Projects Assistance – Support for arts organisations general activities and for once off or key events in the county
  3. Traditional Arts – Support specifically relating to the traditional arts e.g. music & dance

A fourth category for FESTIVALS is available to those festivals in receipt of Arts Council Festival Funding.

Applications can be made here.

A recorded step by step guide to making the online application is here.

A general Q & A on the scheme is available here.

The closing date for applications is February 2nd, 2024.

2. Creative Ireland Project Awards 2024

The Creative Communities Project Award, previously known as the Creative Ireland Project Award, is funded by Creative Ireland, an all-of-government culture and wellbeing programme with an ambition to inspire and transform people, places and communities through creativity. This project award is designed to enable creativity in every community.

We invite individuals and groups to make applications to creatively explore at least one of the four strategic priorities of the Clare County Council Culture & Creative Strategy 2023-2027

  • Enrich Communities
  • Celebrate Sense of Place and Belonging including the Irish language
  • Promote Creative Climate Action & Biodiversity
  • Strengthen & Develop Creative Ireland’s Impact in County Clare

Full details on the scheme and applications forms are available here

The closing date for applications is 5pm on February 19th, 2024.

All queries should be directed to

3. Ennis Municipal District Festival and Events / Community Projects Funding

The Members of the Municipal District of Ennis invite applications for grant assistance under the following schemes:

  • Festival & Events Grant Scheme
  • Community Projects Grant Scheme

The objective of these grant schemes is to encourage and support local organisations and groups who are active in community, cultural and artistic development within the Municipal District. Organisations and groups, and the projects for which they are applying, must be based within the Municipal District of Ennis.

Applications forms and full details are available here.

The closing date for applications is 4:00 p.m. Thursday 22nd February 2024
All queries should be directed to

Previous Funding Supports and Opportunities

This section offers artists the opportunity to see previous supports we have offered and when they were offered.

Cruinniú na nÓg 2023

As part of Clare’s 2023 Creative Ireland programme, Clare County Council invite applications for projects that focus on creative activities for children and young people to take place as part of the national day of creativity Cruinniú na nÓg 2023 on Saturday 10 June 2023.

Finished projects can be in any format e.g. visual art, film, music, theatre, dance, STEAM, etc.  Projects can occur on the day of Cruinniú na nÓg or occur in advance of the day as a longer-term programme or series of workshops, with a final event on the Cruinnú day such as an exhibition, performance or film screening.  The final event must be open to the public and must take place on Cruinniú na nÓg 2023 on Saturday 10 June.

Projects must include active participation of children and young people, allowing their voice and influence to contribute to the creative work.

Full details and guidelines on how to make an application are available here

Closing date for applications is Friday, February 24th, 2023.

Culture Night Call Out

The Closing Date for applications was July 7th, 2023

Our annual Culture Night callout for proposed events to take place in Clare was launched in June 2023.

Engine Shorts 2022

ENGINE Shorts aims to inspire and support up-and-coming writers, directors and producers to create inspiring, engaging world-class short films that resonate with a wide international audience. Run by Innovate Limerick / Film in Limerick the ENGINE Short Film Scheme is a partnership between Arts Offices in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary. Clare Arts Office is participating with the support of Creative Ireland.

15 projects were shortlisted, including five from Clare, after 131 applications were received from across the Mid-West region

Each shortlisted team then went through a supported development process with training and support from Film in Limerick. Following the development stage, the 15 shortlisted teams pitched to an industry panel. Nell Hensey’s short film Try and Touch was the selected film from Clare.

Pilot Artists Bursary Scheme

The Closing Date for applications was June 16th, 2023

The Pilot Artists Bursary Scheme is a new initiative aiming to align and streamline bursary supports offered by Clare County Council to artists (established and emerging) and arts participants, across all artforms.

The scheme hopes to provide opportunities for artists and members of the community participating in the arts to attend publicly funded summer schools, artists retreats, professional development events in Ireland eg Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Drama League of Ireland Summer School etc.

We welcome applications from established and emerging artists as well as those involved in the community, amateur or voluntary sectors. Young people attending high quality summer schools are also welcome to apply.

Further details are available here

PRISM –  Street Art Programme 2023

Clare County Council offered a number of awards through the PRISM Scheme