Waterford City & County Council Arts Grants
2015 ARTS PRACTISE, AUDIENCE, VENUE & ARTLINKS NOW CLOSED
Waterford City and County Council has allocated significant funding for the provision of Arts Practice, Arts Audience Development and Arts Venues Grants as part of its support for the development of the arts in the City and County in 2015.
Practice, Audience and Venue grants are processed through a competitive process. Application forms are available online from 15th December, 2014, with a closing date of Friday 30th January, 2015 at 4pm.
The Arts Practice and Arts Audience grants structure complies with Section 6 of the 2003 Arts Act. These grants are for funding towards arts projects and programmes which are complementary to the following objectives:
- Stimulating public interest in the Arts
- Promoting knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts, or
- Improving standards in the arts
In the Act, the arts are defined as painting, sculpture, architecture, music, film, drama, dance, literature, design in industry, the fine arts and applied arts generally.
- Professional Creative Collaboration Production
- Amateur Arts Production
- Amateur Musical Production
- Youth / Pre-professional production
- Marching / Concert Band programme
- Concerts programme
- Arts in Health /Arts & Disability programme
Arts Audience Development
- Primary Schools Arts programme (exploring the arts)
- Youth Social Inclusion Arts programme
- Intergenerational Inclusion Arts programme
- Publishing Purchase Scheme
- Third Party Support Scheme
The 2015 Arts Grants programme is based on the recommendations and policies of Waterford City Council’s Arts Plan 2011 – 2016 and Waterford County Council Arts Plan 2012 – 2017.
The Council is providing training and guidelines to help applicants. Click Below for details.
Waterford City & County Council invites applications under the following programmes:
These grants are for the purpose of animating our County with great programmes, events and performances. With the exception of the Arts in Health /Arts & Disability programme, all these grants are for projects that the public can attend. They must all be of a high standard and employ/utilise local professional talent and services.
Please note that the Professional theatre / Performance Production grant is on hold as we evaluate new criteria.
This grant is for a multidiscipline collaboration between a number of organisations leading to a unique special event or programme that could otherwise not be realised. It is for new creative products that are born from collaboration as opposed to a product that would generally be part of a single organisation’s general remit (such as a play or a film). While the grant will be awarded for a unique proposal, due cognisance will be given to programmes that lead to self-sustainability.
A good example of a multidiscipline collaboration between a number of organisations leading to a unique special event/programme was the New Street Gardens ( a collaboration between artists, musicians, gardeners, social groups and the general community). ‘Waterford Sings” was also a good example (massed choirs, composers, poets and a major event).
Waterford City & County Council understands that this grant is only one part of the package needed to support such a venture.
Collaboration Grant Application
Amateur Arts Production
This grant is to support the amateur/voluntary arts sector for which the public must be able to have access to performances/exhibitions and which fulfill the criteria as laid down in the guidelines. The grant favours original work and/or in-production learning through the employment of professional directors, choreographers, writers. The grant also favours extraordinary circumstances such as a three or four venue tour. It must have at least four performances excluding previews, rehearsals and charity nights.
There will be three grants of €1,000 (one per district) and one grant of €4000 for a unique programme (a recent example of this would the touring of a new work by Stage Mad to the Irish Arts Centre in New York).
Amateur Production Grant Application
This grant is to support an amateur/voluntary Musical Theatre production to which the public must be able to have access. It must fulfill the criteria as laid down in the guidelines. The grant will favour original work and preference will be given to a production that has a countywide remit. The grant is primarily for a production by adults. It must have at least four performances excluding previews, rehearsals and charity nights. Waterford City & County Council understands that this grant is only one part of the package needed to support such a venture.
Amateur Musical Grant Application
Youth / Pre-professional production
A grant for a Theatre production either developed for and including youth or a theatre production by a new young pre-professional theatre company. The production must have a professional ethos, must be open for the public to purchase tickets and should have at least four performances excluding rehearsals and previews. Waterford City & County Council understands that this grant is only one part of the package needed to support such a venture. Preference will be given to a production that has a countywide remit.
Youth / Pre-professional production Grant Application
The majority of the award will be on a competitive, but rotational basis to one of Waterford’s Marching/concert bands. Applying bands must have at least 12 public performances per year.Waterford City & County Council understands that this grant is only one part of the package needed to support such a venture.
Marching / Concert Band Grant Application
This is aimed at formal concert providers (e.g. Waterford Music Club and the Symphony Club of Waterford). It’s on a competitive basis for a 12 month long programme. Waterford City & County Council is interested in a varied programme that includes both City and County. The Council understands that this grant is only one part of the package needed to support such a venture.
Concerts Programme Grant Application
This is aimed to provide an arts programme which is Arts in Health or Arts and Disability based. Specific projects must be identified for funding for this grant. Applicants from qualified arts therapists in conjunction with a hospital or medical facility will be considered under this scheme. The programme must have a professional ethos and source talent locally.
Arts Health Grant Application
Arts Audience Development/Inclusion
The premise of this programme is to encourage people to get involved in the arts by inculcating a curiosity, an interest and appreciation of the arts. It is also an opportunity for established Arts Organisations to widen their practice base by producing one or more of the following initiatives.
Primary Schools Arts programme (exploring the arts)
Waterford City & County Council is aiming this programme at primary schools in Waterford. As this is part of a coordinated school’s programme, the application must also include a section that deals with, or explains the depth and context of the arts in everyday life. All artistic disciplines will be considered under this scheme. Preference will be given to a programme that covers as much of the county as possible. The Council understands that this grant is only one part of the package needed to support such a venture.
Primary Schools Arts programme Grant Application
This programme is largely aimed at disadvantaged youth and early school leavers. The City & County Council is interested in approaches made with other partners on-board. The programme should follow a narrative style, possibly along the lines of a social history project. The programme must be fully documented and culminate in a film, a performance or a documented exploration and exhibition. As this is part of a coordinated youth programme, the application must also detail a section that deals with, or explains, the depth and context of the arts in everyday life. Preference will be given to a programme that covers as much of the county as possible. The Council understands that this grant is only one part of a package needed to support such a venture.
Youth Social Inclusion Grant Application
Intergenerational Inclusion Arts programme
This is aimed at an interaction between youth and older people to encourage respect through exploring common themes to both. We would like this to take a narrative style, possibly along the lines of a social history project and leading to a production. The programme must be fully documented and must include a section that deals with, or explains, the depth and context of the arts in everyday life. Preference will be given to a programme that covers as much of the county as possible. The Council understands that this grant is only one part of a package needed to support such a venture.
Intergenerational Inclusion Grant Application
This scheme is aimed to support writers by the purchasing of their publications and we also support the purchase of artistic CDs/DVDs . Purchases are used by the local authority to be made available to the public via our Library Services. They will also be used as presentations for prizes and as courtesy gifts of the local authority where appropriate.
Publishing Purchase Scheme Grant Application
Third Party Support Scheme
This is to assist with other private arts bursary schemes aimed at arts practitioners such as the Ted & Mary O’ Regan Awards scheme.
Third Party Support Scheme Grant Application
Professional Development Grants
From 2015, Professional Development Grants will be awarded under the ArtLinks 2015 Bursaries. ArtLinks provides professional development opportunities for emerging and professional artists in all disciplines. This initiative is in partnership with Carlow, Wexford, Kilkenny Local Authorities and the Arts Council. Waterford artists can register free of charge on www.artlinks.ie
Specific Arts Bursaries
Details have yet to be confirmed – grants under this criteria will be advertised in Spring.
Waterford City & County Council is proud of the quality of the venues it has helped develop. Whilst the primary focus of these buildings relates to performance and exhibition of finished work, the venue should also be a place where new work can originate. Funded venues tend to be places that have continuous staffing whether their performance/exhibition areas are open or not. Council grant-funded venues will be expected to maximise the use of scarce resources and to foster the development of new and accessible arts projects.
The Council invites applications from developed venues for artistic purposes. The application form is an MS Document.
Download it, fill it in, gather all relevant additional information and send it to: Mr Conor Nolan, Arts Officer, Waterford City & County Council, The Mall, Waterford not later than Friday 30th January, 2015.