Current Funding Supports and Opportunities

1. Creative Ireland Project Awards 2023

Creative Ireland is an initiative which places creativity at the centre of public policy. As part of Clare’s 2023 Creative Ireland programme, Clare County Council invites applications for project awards that will develop bodies of creative work in the community with a public interface/engagement.  Awards of €500 – €2,000 will be granted.

Full details on how to make an application are available here

 The closing date for applications is noon on February 10th, 2023.

Queries should be directed to

2. Community Recognition Fund 2023

Almost three million euro is being made available to communities in Clare who are hosting Temporary Protection and/or International Protection applicants. Community groups in sixteen towns and villages throughout Clare will  be invited by Clare County Council in the second week in February to apply for small and large scale capital grants. This is to recognise the incredible work already done in these communities in welcoming displaced people and to improve facilities for everybody going forward.
The towns eligible for the funding stream are: Kilkee, Kilrush, Liscannor, Lisdoonvarna, Ballyvaughan, Lahinch, Doolin, Ennis, Clarecastle, Bodyke, Killaloe, Flagmount, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Bunratty, Shannon & Meelick
A Small Scale Capital Grant (up to €2,000) will be available for the purchase of equipment for local clubs, committees and organisations eg: musical instruments, sporting goods, art supplies etc.
A Large Scale Capital Grant (over €2,000) will be available for the development, enhancement or refurbishment of cultural, community, sporting or cultural facilities; purchase of community vehicles etc.
Meetings will be held in each municipal district for information and assistance as follows:
Lisdoonvarna Pavillion: Tuesday 14th February 10am – 2pm
Kilrush (venue TBD): Tuesday 14th February 10am – 2pm
Scarriff MD Area Office: Thursday 16th February 10am – 2pm
Shannon Wolfetones GAA: Thursday 16th February 10am – 1pm
Ennis Buttermarket: Thursday 16th February 2pm – 5pm

Full details on how to make an application will be available here from the second week in February.

 The closing date for applications will be February 22nd 2023.

3. Grants for Cruinniú na nÓg 2023

Logo of arts activities against a blue backdrop

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.
4. PRISM –  Street Art Programme


Clare County Council, with the support of Creative Ireland, will shortly be seeking proposals for street art  throughout the county.

Previous 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 that may come on line over the coming 12 months include the following.

1. Drama League of Ireland Summer School Bursary – Applications now closed

Clare County Council is offering a bursary award to drama practitioners living in Clare to enable them to attend the Drama League of Ireland Summer School at the University of Limerick from July 31st – August 7th, 2021. Priority will be given to candidates who would not be able to otherwise attend due to financial hardship.

2021 DLI Bursary Application Form & Guidelines

2. Creative Climate Action Fund – Closed for applications
Clare County Council is proposing to submit an application for the Creative Climate Action Fund at the end of May, 2021.
We are currently seeking expressions of interest from artists, arts organisations or environmental organisations /agencies that may wish to partner with us to submit a proposal relating to
• a) Climate Change impacts on the Coast
• b) Wetlands in the county
Closing date for proposals is Friday, May 25th, 2021
3. Duala – Creator in Residence Scheme – Closed for applications

Nuala Kennedy and Tara Breen are the recipients of the 2020 Duala Creator in Residence Scheme, run in association with the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

Diarmuid de Faoite is the 2021 recipient.

4. Engine Shorts – Closed for applications

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.

5. Decade of Centenaries Arts Commissions – Applications now closed

Detail from Georgina_Frost by Marie Connole

The closing date for applications was Monday 28th February, 2022 at 12:00 noon.

Clare County Council will make 3 awards in 2022 of €4,500 each to support artists and / or creative communities in developing community-led commemorative initiatives. In addition a short film will be made on the process of each commission. See our 2021 film to get a sense of what’s involved and to see the work commissioned and created in 2021.

It is envisaged that the interpretation of the historical events by our artists and creative practitioners will provide a platform to encourage reflection and the consideration of issues, both past and present, which may be challenging, difficult and sometimes deeply personal.

Guidelines, suggested themes for consideration and the online application form is available here Queries can be directed to us at 

6. Platform 31

The closing date for applications was 4pm on March 30th, 2022

The Association of Local Authority Arts Offices, in collaboration with the Arts Council, present PLATFORM 31 2022: a national opportunity for artists to reflect on and investigate how they might significantly develop their practice or make work in a new way, while being connected with and supported by peer practitioners, advisors and mentors.

Designed to support and enable career development for 31 mid-career artists (one artist in each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland), there are two elements of support for participating artists in the scheme: financial and developmental.

In 2022, participating artists will receive an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in a developmental and networking framework.

Outcomes-focused and not output-driven, the scheme will provide coaching and advisory support and create networking opportunities for participating artists, introducing them to a pool of critical thinkers to share their work and learnings, and encouraging a national conversation about creating work in local contexts.

The exact content of this artist support framework, which will last for approx. 6 months from May to October 2022, will be informed by the interests of the 31 artists selected.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 4pm on March 30th, 2022

Click here for further information and to make an online application

7. Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary

The closing date for applications was 4pm on April 4th, 2022

Clare County Council offers an annual bursary to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan.

8. Mapping Arts and Disability provision in Mayo, Clare and Galway City

The closing date for applications was 4pm on April 6th, 2022

Mayo County Council Arts Service, Clare County Council Arts Office and Galway City Council Arts Office seek to engage the services of a suitably qualified and experienced individual or organisation to undertake an arts and disability research project on a contract for services basis.

For further information please contact Damien O’Connor, Mayo County Council arts office on 094 906 4363 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays only) or

9.Musicians on Call

The closing date for applications was May 4th, 2022

Clare County Council is delighted to be involved in the Musicians on Call project with Kids Classics. Kids Classics are currently recruiting for 2 musicians to join the programme.

10. Culture Night Co-Ordinator

Clare County Council Arts Service invites applications for a Culture Night Co-ordinator position to coordinate Clare’s 2022 programme, as part of the national cultural celebration on Friday 23rd September. One award of €3,000 is available.
Application details are available here and the closing date for completed applications is July 6th, 2022.
11. Live Local Performance Scheme – Phase IV

Clare County Council is seeking applications from all interested parties including Performing Artists (ensembles/bands or individuals), Promoters, Producers, Venues etc, who wish to receive support for performance events in County Clare from May 1st to June 30th, 2022

Clare County Council will provide support for people in the live performance industry to facilitate programming of live performances animating local communities, subject to public health considerations. Performances can be recorded or streamed if health restrictions prevent live events or as Clare County Council deem to be appropriate.

All genres of performance (Music, Spectacle, Circus, Street Arts etc) are encouraged to apply to this scheme. Small scale solo performances and unplugged presentations through to amplified concerts will be considered. We welcome joint applications from producers and performing artists. Family or all-ages performance events are particularly welcome. The proposal may be for multiple or single events. All events must be either free of charge or have a nominal charge.

Clare County Council aims to have a balance of proposals throughout each Local Electoral Area.

Clare County Council encourages the presentation of range of performance types and multiple genres with due regard to gender equality and diversity.

All performances will be marketed under the banner of the Clare Live Performance Scheme.

Previous applicants are welcome to apply but priority will be given to

a) locations where performances have yet to take place

b) musicians are supported who have not been previously supported in pervious Phases

c) Family friendly events

The deadline for receipt of applications is 4pm on August 5th, 2022. Applications may be made here

12. Assistance under the Arts Act Grants Scheme 2023
 The closing date for applications was February 3rd, 2023.

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.