Council Calls for Arts Grant Awards Applications

At the opening of a recent Culture Night exhibition were, artists, Martine Moriarty (left) with fellow artist, Rebecca Carroll and Kate Kennelly, Kerry County Council Arts Officer and Cllr Norma Foley, Cathaoirleach Kerry County Council. Kerry County Council has just issued an invitation to artists and organisers to apply for grant aid for 2019. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

The Kerry County Council Arts Grants application process is now open for projects and activities taking place in 2019.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm Thursday 13th December 2018.

Interest Stimulation

Under the Arts Act 2003, funding is allocated to individuals or groups where activities, projects and undertakings stimulate public interest in the arts, promote knowledge and appreciation of the arts and improve the standards of practice in the arts.

“Funding to support the arts is crucial,” said Cllr. Norma Foley, Cathaoirleach, Kerry County Council. “My colleagues fully recognise that funding the arts is an investment in our communities, our culture and our ability to communicate creatively at many levels,” said Cllr. Foley.

Spend on Arts Activities

The Arts Service at Kerry County Council oversees the application and selection process and prioritises spend on arts activities that reflect the following strategic policy areas:

(1)Youth Arts and Arts in Education initiatives

(2)Supports to Artists in terms of career and arts practice development, promoting Kerry as a place to both create and show work.

(3)Strategic Partnerships that will better develop the arts locally.

Strategy Core Value

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 participation/mentorship/direction of professional artists.

Individual Artist Bursary Awards 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 and Eamon Kelly Bursary in the Killarney Municipal District only.

Significant Track Records

These bursaries offer support for the artist across a wide range of areas and applications are open to artists with significant track records in their chosen discipline. There is also a number of Artist in Schools Awards which support schools who wish to give children and young people the opportunity to work with professional artists on a specific project that enhances the curriculum without replacing the work of the curriculum.

No Late Application

Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer at Kerry County Council encourages anyone seeking support for arts activities in 2019 to send in their applications on time as late applications cannot be accepted.

Application forms are online at and additional information and support throughout the application process is available by contacting the Arts Office on 066 7183541 or email

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