Kerry County Council Announces Arts Funding for 2018

Kate Kennelly, Kerry County Council Arts Officer. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Kate Kennelly, Kerry County Council Arts Officer. ©Photograph: John Reidy

 The annual call for applications by Kerry County Council for arts grants and bursaries is currently underway.

The application process is managed by the Arts Office of the council is co-ordinated by Arts Officer, Kate Kennelly.

“We welcome applications across all our funding streams and see the awarding of grant-aid as an essential part of our arts programme,” said Ms. Kennelly.

Grants in All Arts Categories

Grant awards are available under the following categories: Arts Act Grants; The Eamon Kelly Bursary for Creative Practitioners; Artist in Schools Bursary; Creative Work Development Bursary; Materials & Equipment Bursary; Further Arts Education Bursary and a bursary to attend an artist’s retreat in Ireland.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday, January 10th 2018 at 1pm.

Promotion of the Arts

“The arts act grants and bursary awards assist the promotion of the arts in our communities and they also support our artists who are based in and have strong links to Kerry,” said Mayor of Kerry and Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr John Sheahan.

In accordance with the core values of Kerry County Council’s Arts Strategy 2016 – 2021, priority will be given to festivals, events and activities that seek funding for the paid involvement of professional artists.

The individual Artist Bursaries support the artistic work development of artists based in Kerry. There are five different Bursary categories: Artists’ Retreat; Purchase of Materials and Equipment; Creative Work Development; Further Arts Education; the Eamon Kelly Bursary for Creative Practitioners for the Killarney Municipal District only.

All Art Forms

The bursaries offer supports to artists across all art forms and are open to artists with significant track records in their chosen discipline.

The Artist in Schools Awards support schools which would like to provide children and young people the opportunity to work with professional artists.

This can be on a specific project that enhances the curriculum without replacing the work of that curriculum.

Application forms are available by email to or online via  Tel: 066 71 83541


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