Arts Grants

Local authorities may provide financial support to professional artists, arts groups and community and voluntary groups to support arts projects that promote public engagement with the arts.

There are several funding opportunities that support the development and presentation of creative and artistic projects in the County that include:

  • Arts Act Grant Scheme – Individual Artists/Musicians
  • Arts Act Grant Scheme – Community Groups
  • ArtLinks - Bursary Awards
  • Carlow Live and Local Scheme
  • Creative Ireland - Open Call
  • Cruinniú na nÓg - Expression of Interest
  • Culture Night - Expression of Interest
  • Festivals and Events Scheme*

These are on an annual basis for the financial year ahead. 

All funding opportunities have closed for 2023. 

2024 Funding opportunities will be advertised in December 2023 for 2024 funding.

Applications will be accepted from individual artists, musicians and creatives, arts collectives, arts organisations, community groups, youth groups and older persons groups.  Access to the Arts is important - please contact the Arts Office if you require additional support to complete an application form or have any query in relation to whether you are eligible to apply.  It is important to reduce any barriers that may be perceived or real when wishing to engage in the Arts, therefore please contact us to discuss.

Funding Information Sessions:

Carlow County Council Arts Service will host three Meet and Greet Information sessions prior to the funding deadlines in early 2024 regarding upcoming Grants and Funding opportunities and this will provide you with the opportunity to meet in person. Events will take place in each of the Municipal Districts of Carlow that include Carlow Town, Bagenalstown and Tullow and dates will be advertised in December 2023 for these.