Funding & Opportunities for Artists

Current Funding Opportunities

There are no current funding opportunities.


Previous Funding Opportunities

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

Local Live Outdoor Performance Scheme – Applications now closed

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 outdoor performance events in County Clare from July 1st to September 30th 2021.

Clare County Council will provide support for people in the live performance industry to facilitate programming of outdoor live performances in summer 2021 animating local communities, subject to public health considerations.

Full details and application forms are available here

Assistance under the Arts Act Grants Scheme – 2021 Applications now closed

The Assistance under the Arts Act Grant Scheme is coordinated by the Rural Development Directorate through the Community Supports Scheme. All enquiries to

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
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
Cúram – Keeping Well Initiative – 2021 Applications now closed

6 awards were made to artists whose proposals fitted with the Keep Well National Initiative, a response to COVID 19.

Recipients were

  • Ana Colomer – A Book of Hope. Ana invited older people to write letters, stories and poems to children. Letters were edited with accompanying illustrations by Ana, into A Book of Hope.
  • Jenny Bassett – Move with Ease into Creativity.  A creative expression project with Clare Women’s Network
  • Tim HumphriesShining Path.  A light installation in the 12 O’Clock Hills.
  • Róisín Kelly – Stone Mad. An art project with residents of Liscannor Nursing Home
  • Rachel Uí Fhaoláin – Lean ar Aghaidh – An intergenerational traditional singing project.
  • Grace Wells – Creel. An environmental art experience on the West Clare Coast.
Decade of Commemorations Awards – Closed for applications
3 awards have been made in 2o21 to commemorate the events and social history of 1921. Recipients are
  • Tim Collins – ‘I Fought the War’: Re-voicing Clare women in the Revolutionary Period 1919-1921. A 10 minute audio track that imaginatively communicates to its audience the roles and experiences of Clare women in the War of Independence
  • Marie Connole – ‘The Irrepressible Women of Clare’ – ‘Irrepressible Women of Clare’. A series of watercolours accompanied by a documentary film presenting the lives of five very different women living in Co.Clare during the Civil War.
  • Dermott Petty – ‘2 Days in September’. A touring drama piece delving into the conflicts of the Civil War in Clare.
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.

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.


Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary – Closed for applications

Clare County Council offers an annual bursary to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Co. Monaghan. Due to a backlog of residencies because of COVID 19, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre has requested that no further bursaries are offered. We hope to be in a position to re-advertise the bursary in 2022.

Supports for Artists

Clare Arts Office is committed to supporting artists in their professional development by offering numerous opportunities for upskilling and professional development.

We work with local, regional and national partners to assess needs and deliver supports that are relevant and current. In recent times all supports and training has been delivered online

Current Supports

Studio spaces for artists are currently available at our EASI Studios facility in Ennis.

Previous Supports

Remote Digital Workshop Series – Closed for applications

A series of workshops by artist and folklorist Michael Fortune outlining how to maximise using your mobile phone.