COMMUNITIES

Can an artist be a theatre maker, a musician, a dancer etc?

Yes, the scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts.

Can we apply to the AIC to enable our community development worker to work as an artist in the community?

The named artist should be a working professional artist

Does the AIC fund projects where a community wants to do a project with a professional artist?

Yes, a contemporary collaborative arts project.

Does the AIC fund the cost of arts activities in the community?

No, unless the series of arts activities form a part of collaborative arts project.

Does the AIC fund workshops?

No, unless the workshops form a part of a collaborative arts project with a clear artistic vision.

Does the AIC fund teaching/training programmes for our community?

No

Can a community that meets to play chess or bingo, that live in the same area, or work together for a common purpose apply to the AIC?

Yes, if they wish to do a collaborative arts project with a professional artist.

Can communities with aims for the improvement of their local area apply to the AIC? E.g., Tidy Towns

Yes, if they wish to do a contemporary collaborative arts project with a professional artist.

What’s the difference between Phase 1 & 2?

Phase 1 – the artist applies to do research and development (without or with mentoring) for a collaborative arts project with a community over a three month period. Phase 2 – the community applies with an artist to do a collaborative arts project over a 6 week to five month period (short term project) or a six week to nine month period (long term project.

Do I have to apply to Phase 1 before I apply for Phase 2?

No, however the community and the artist would need to have planned the Phase 2 application together before applying.

Who makes the decision for the AIC award?

Create assesses the eligiblility of all applications against the set criteria. A panel of Arts Council approved artists, arts managers, producers and development officers with appropriate community experience and local knowledge will shortlist and select the successful awards from the eligible applications.

How soon will I know if I receive an AIC award?

Within 6 weeks of the award deadline.

Does the AIC fund our community building costs?

No the award can not be used to meet capital costs

Does the AIC fund charity fund-raising projects?

No the award is made specifically to support the research or realisation of an arts project made collaboratively with a community

Does the AIC fund art competitions?

No the award is made specifically to support the research or realisation of an arts project made collaboratively with a community

Does the AIC fund projects that have already started where the award offered is retrospective?

No, the award is made for projects which have not commenced at the time of making the application

Does the AIC fund art projects in which the intended outcomes are therapeutic ?

No, applications are assessed on the artistic merit of the proposed project…..

ARTISTS

What is a community?

A group of people drawn together by interest, place, shared history, cultural experience etc.

Can I apply if I am an arts facilitator?

Yes, if you are a professional artist.

Does AIC fund art teaching?

No, the award is not intended to be used to cover the costs of teaching and/or tuition in the arts - ie guitar lessons; watercolour painting lessons.

APPLICATION PROCESS


Do I need to fill out the project proposal on the application form?

Yes
Do I need to complete the application form? Yes
Do I need to send in a hard copy of the application? Yes
Do I need to sign the application form? Yes
Do I need to send in a hard copy of the supporting documentation? Yes
Can I apply online, by fax or by email? No
Do you accept late applications? No

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