Current Funding and Opportunities

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.

1. Funded TUS Curatorial Research MA with Clare Arts Office

We are delighted to announce this exciting opportunity to complete a funded MA in Curatorial Studies with Clare Arts Office in conjunction with the TUS RISE scheme. This is a unique opportunity to be based in Súil, our new contemporary art gallery due to open later in the year in Ennis.

Further information and application details are available here.

For general enquiries contact or for specific enquiries around qualifications and criteria contact

The closing date for applications is June 20th, 2024

2. Culture Night 2024

Clare Arts Office are delighted to issue the call out for Culture Night 2024 which has opened May 1st with the support of the Arts Council. Culture night 2024 is taking place on Friday, September 20th and the closing date for online applications is Friday, June 7th.

3. Visual Arts Co-ordinator Post

To support our expanding portfolio of exhibition spaces, studio spaces and visual arts partnerships and programmes, the Arts Office is now recruiting a Visual Arts Co-ordinator. Full details on the position and how to make an application can be found here. The closing date is June 10th, 2024 for applications.

Previous Funding Supports and Opportunities

This section offers artists the opportunity to see previous supports we have offered and when they were offered. We have only listed schemes and opportunities that have been open during the last 12 months

1. PRISM 2024

In 2022 Clare Arts Office initiated PRISM to create new artworks throughout Clare. The closing date for applications was May 31st, 2024

2. Arts Participation Scheme

The closing date for applications was May 24th, 2024.

3. Artist Development Scheme

The closing date for applications was May 24th, 2024.

4. Creative Places Shannon Seeks a Reseacher

Following the success of Creative Places Shannon the Arts Office sought a part-time researcher on a short term contract for services basis for a period of 10 months to support and develop the programme and to prepare applications for future / ancillary developments which may enhance the Creative Places Programme.

The closing date for applications was May 3rd, 2024.

5.  Cruinniú na nÓg 2024

As part of Clare’s 2024 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 2024 on Saturday 15 June 2024.

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 2024 on Saturday 15 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.

6. 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.

7. 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

8. 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