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Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work together on projects.

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. The projects can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts eg arts and health; arts in prisons; arts and older people; arts and cultural diversity.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/or interest and artists. It is essential that consultation take place between the artist and the community group, so that both parties are involved in deciding on the nature of the project realisation. Group ownership of the art should be maintained at every stage.

Research & Development, is open to artists who wish to research and develop a project in a community context. Maximum time frame is 3 months. The maximum amount awarded is €1,000.

2018 Deadlines: (Round 1) Monday 26 March; (Round 2) Monday 25 June.

Application forms are available below in English. For forms in Irish or large format, for further information on application criteria and assessment, or to book an advisory session about the Scheme, please contact Áine Crowley, 01-4736600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2018 Application Pack (form + guidelines) for the Research & Development Award without mentoring, Research & Development Award with mentoring and the Research & Development Award with mentoring for an artist from a minority ethnic background:

Please note that the attached application packs (guidelines and application forms) have been updated on the 21st May 2018. Applicants are required to use only these application packs. Applications will now only be accepted when sent using WeTransfer

AIC Research & Development [DOCX] 2018
AIC Research & Development [PDF] 2018

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CreateIreland Transition, Family and Me, a new @artscouncil_ie #AICScheme project by Michele Ann Kelly and transgender individuals will be at the @civictheatre Dec 4th, presenting an artistic response to in depth interviews with the transgender community. @TENI_Tweets bit.ly/2K0OL72 pic.twitter.com/QIrF5YtlX2
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CreateIreland Another @artscouncil_ie #AICScheme case study we're proud to share is The Thursday Club, Lisa Cahill and Mary Hartney of Spoken Dance in collaboration with service users of @EnableIreland Mungret, Limerick. bit.ly/2zRBzg4 pic.twitter.com/bs4Bm5ts8t
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