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CLOSED: 2018 ARTS PRACTICE & VENUE GRANTS

Deontais Ealaíon Chomhairle Cathrach & Contae Phort Láirge

Waterford City & County Council Arts Grants

Deadline: Monday October  2nd 2017 at 4pm.

Waterford City & County Council has allocated significant funding for the provision of Arts Practice, Arts Venues and Arts Festivals Grants as part of its support for the development of the arts in the City and County in 2017. Detailed below are the Arts Practice Grants and Arts Venue Grants.IMG_6297 The arts grants are an essential part of the Waterford City and County Arts Strategy 2016 – 2021 – A Shared Vision for Waterford Arts and follow closely the relevant actions under its three themes:

  • Participation & Access
  • Support for Artists
  • Identity and Place

We suggest you read the strategy and see where your proposal would sit with it.

The Arts Practice 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.

The Arts Practice grants are adjudicated through a competitive process. Application forms are available online from Friday September 1st 2017 with a closing date of Monday October  2nd 2017 at 4pm.

Available Grants:

The five grants available under this application are:

  • Arts Act Grants (Voluntary/Amateur)
  • Professional Project Grants
  • Rural Arts Network Grants
  • Playwright & Producer Team
  • Screenwriter & Producer Team

APPLICATION PROCESS

For the purposes of clarity we are working on the following assumptions:

  • Voluntary/Amateur: Individuals or a group that engages in an arts activity as a pastime or for the love of the artform rather than as a profession.
  • Professional: Groups who engage in an arts activity for a source of livelihood and who are the principal personnel in the creative process resulting in a work of art.
  • Arts Organisations: A not-for-profit professional arts organisation that either concentrates on professional arts activities (e.g. Theatre, Film) or utilises professional arts practise in a community or social setting (e.g. Youth Arts, Arts in Health).

Prior to application please read the Guidelines 2018. You can also download a a short illustrated guide to applying for a grant 2018 Walkthrough grant guide.

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Waterford City & County Council invites applications under the following programmes:

Voluntary Amateur Arts Grants (Arts Act Grants)

2016FoodFestival (1 of 1)These grants are for the Amateur/Voluntary strata and would include Amateur Drama Organisations, Choirs, Marching Bands, Amateur Visual Arts Cooperatives, Volunteer Concert providers, Amateur Writing Groups etc. These grants are for specific artistic projects to bring them into the public domain with preference being given to:

  • those who employ professional artists/workers/technicians to increase the quality of output
  • those utilising local creative inputs (such as a new play by a local writer)
  • those that have a strong track record for excellence
  • projects that create linkages with the County and City

Please note that if you are a voluntary/amateur theatre group please read the Drama financial indicatives guide (as this is a competitive process there is no guarantee of funding). Please note also that these grants are not for administration or for events that happened in the past. (Read the Guidelines 2018 before applying.)

Arts Act Grant Application form for a group (In the 1st dropbox select “Voluntary/Amateur”. In the 3rd box select “Arts Act Grant”)

Professional Project Grants

These grants are for the Professional arts strata and would include professional arts organisations, arts service companies, professional artist and professional arts collaborations. These grants are for specific artistic projects to bring them into the public domain. Preference being given to:

  • new creative products
  • new and emerging art forms and practices
  • collaborative projects
  • projects that create linkages with the County and City

Please note these grants are not for administration or for events that happened in the past. If the proposal is based on theatre activity read the Drama financial indicatives guide (Also read the Guidelines 2018 before applying).

Professional Project Grant Application form for a Collective or Arts Organisation (In the 1st dropbox select either “Professional Collective” or “Arts Organisation”. In the 3rd box select “Professional Project Grant”)

Rural Arts Network Grants

The development of a Rural Arts Network is to ensure accessibility to the arts for artists and audiences. It was identified as a specific need in the Waterford City & County Arts Strategy 2016 -2021.

It is now proposed under this grants scheme to invite proposals for projects which will contribute to the development of the Rural Arts Network.

Innovative projects in any art form will be considered. Submissions from arts collectives/groups only are admissible.

Projects focusing on the ongoing or regular output of existing groups cannot be considered under this scheme.

(Read the Guidelines 2018).

Rural Arts Network Grant Application (In the 1st dropbox select “Professional Collective”. In the 3rd box select “Rural Arts Network Grant”)

Playwright & Producer Team grants (Theatre)IMG_6303

This two stage grant scheme is part of the Theatre Programme of the Arts Service. We see this as a partnership between a Playwright and a Producer and Waterford City & County Council with the hope of encouraging great drama and outside finances.

The scheme is based on three tenets:

  • To build up a new cannon of South East plays
  • To enable and empower South East playwrights
  • To encourage new arts entrepreneurs (producers)

For the first part (worth up to €1,500) applicants are invited to submit:

  1. A sample scene of a new work
  2. A detailed synopsis and plot
  3. Theme/s
  4. A list of characters (with notes)
  5. Basic stage setting
  6. A relevant CV outlining previous creative work
  7. An agreement with a person or group who will produce including a work timeline for the completion of the script

These applications will be judged, on their merits, by a theatre practitioner panel where preference will be given to plays based in Waterford or the Southeast, or that cover issues pertinent to Waterford or the Southeast. Up to three scripts will be commissioned to the value of €1,500 each – payment on receipt of the finished script.

For the second part, worth up to €1,500, following the completion of the script and a meeting convened with the Arts Officer responsible for Theatre, the creative team must supply:

  1. a rehearsed reading planned in consultation with the Arts Service (we will try to group readings so we can ask venue managers to attend)
  2. an exercise consisting of a budgeted and costed proposal for a rehearsal schedule leading towards a budget and costing exercise for a six day run
  3. proposed marketing plan including budget and schedule

For further information regarding publishing, royalties, accreditation etc Click here.

In the description dropdown menu please use the Professional Collective option.

Playwright & Producer Team Application form (In the 1st dropbox select “Professional Collective”. In the 3rd box select “Playwright / Producer team”)

Screenwriter & Producer team grant (Film)

This is a two stage grant scheme  – a partnership between a Screenwriter and a Producer and Waterford City & County Council with the hope of making great films and encouraging further finances towards the project.

The scheme is based on four tenets:

  • To build up a new cannon of South East films
  • To encourage local film production
  • To enable and empower South East Screenwriters
  • To encourage new arts entrepreneurs (producers)

For the first part applicants must submit along with their application:

  1. A maximum three sentence ‘Pitch’
  2. A detailed synopsis and plot
  3. Theme/s
  4. A list of characters (with notes)
  5. Basic location settings
  6. Relevant CVs outlining previous creative work
  7. An agreement with a person or group who will produce including a work timeline for the completion of the script
  8. Availability for a phone or face-to-face interview

Up to five applicants will then be chosen to submit their full screenplay for which they will be awarded €250 each.

The five applicants will then be invited to compete for three grants worth €3,500 each plus a Waterford FilmLAB bursary that includes 10 days free rental of equipment and use of the offline editing suite for 7 days.

For this WC&CC Arts Service will expect:

  • A detailed budget including all payments and other contributions and ‘in-kind’ sponsorship
  • Locations and Set-Ups
  • Basic Storyboards
  • Shooting script
  • A list of equipment required
  • Preferred Timeline (this must also include dates for the drawdown of the grant)

Following this three productions may be chosen. Payment will be given on completion of the film or in agreed stages.

For further information regarding formats and accreditation Click Here.

Screenwriter & Producer Team Application (In the 1st dropbox select “Professional Collective”. In the 3rd box select “Screenwriter / Producer team”)

Venues

Theatre-Royal-stageWaterford 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 and must be returned as an MS Document. A PDF/Scan/Photo will NOT suffice.

2018 Venue application form

Download it, fill it in, gather all relevant additional information and email it back to conornolan @ waterfordcouncil.ie
Send any other support documents to: Mr Conor Nolan, Arts Officer, Waterford City & County Council, C/O Customer Care Desk, Bailey’s New Street, Waterford.
DEADLINE OCTOBER 2ND, 4PM.

Please tell us if you are having problems with this page or with any of the pages directly connected to the Online Grant Applications. Fill in the form bellow and we will do our best to get back to you within 24 hours. Alternatively you can ring 0761102983 during office hours.

 

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