2021 Arts Grants applications to open in the next couple of weeks.




Under Waterford City and County Council’s ambitions for Arts and the Community, we are pleased to support thirty seven projects under our Arts Practice Grant Scheme for 2020. This investment of €90,000 supports the local authority’s aim to support and sustain excellence in artistic programming across the City and County.

Amongst the successful projects are funding towards Waterford Musical Society’s  production of My Fair Lady, funding towards Barrack St Band’s 150th Anniversary, Brideview Drama’s play “Bailegangaire”, Waterford Walls: Art on the Greenway and Mary Rafferty Clancy’s Traditional Irish Youth Music programme “Hulai Luil”.

The grants were judged in the light of the central three themes in the Arts Strategy 2016-2021:

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

Proposals were invited under the headings of:

  1. Voluntary/Amateur Arts grants
  2. Professional Project grants
  3. Rural Arts grants
  4. Playwright & Producer team grant
  5. Screenwriter & Producer team grants

Voluntary /Amateur Grants

De La Salle Scout Pipe band, C/O Pat Murphy. Annual programme €1500
City Of Waterford Brass band C/O Michael Doody, Annual programme €1500
Dungarvan Brass Band C/O William Dee, Annual programme €1500
Barrack Street Concert Band, 150th Anniversary Programme & Celebration €4500
Thomas Francis Meagher Band C/O Aoife Murphy, Annual programme €1500
Aldine Cranley, Symphony Club of Waterford, Annual programme €2000
Waterford Musical Society C/O Paul Browne, My Fair Lady €660
Emily Aherne, Brideview Drama group, Play ‘Bailegangaire’ €1500
Martine Rogers, Stagecoach group, Play ‘Welll, the show must go on’ (Garter Lane) €600
Emma Hall, Writer, Mentoring Request €360
Eamonn Phelan, Waterford Music Club, Annual programme €2500
Fintan O’ Byrne, Visual Artist, Augmented Reality Art Proj. €900
TOTAL €19,020






Professional Grants  
James  Power, Stagemad National tour’Jetty Stars’ €1250
GOMA Gallery, Beyond the Gallery project, Collaborative arts project ‘Beyond the Gallery’ (Phase 1) €1500
Freddy Quinlan, Backroom Smokers band Record €3000
Enda Moran, Core Creations, Social Circus €4500
Cathy  Hanrahan, Waterford Youth Arts – Youth Theatre Summer Project €4000
Claire Meaney, Waterford Healing Arts, Pallative Care, Pallative Care €5000
Dee Jacques, Little Red Kettle School’s Tour €6500
Deirdre Grant, Traces Dance Ensemble, €3000
Aine Mc Carthy-Kent, Tradchester €650
Jenny Fennessy (Theatre practitioner)Waterford Tour ‘Love Song’ €1500
Cathy  Hanrahan, Waterford Youth Arts,Dance Show ‘EMERGE’ €5000
Ted & Mary O’Regan Bursaries €3000
Eadaoin  Walsh, Theatre Production, Play ‘Flood’ (by Ger Bourke) €1500
Sandra  Kelly, Curator, I am – Gender/Sexuality Exhibition Phase 1 (Research & Development) €1500
Sandra Kelly  Phase 2 (Conditional on R & D) €2000
TOTAL €43,900






Rural Arts Grants  
Anna Moore, Poetry section of Cappoquin Heritage Group €300
James  Power, Rural Waterford tour of ‘Jetty Stars’ €1250
Mary Rafferty Clancy, Traditional Irish Youth Music Programme ‘Hulai Luil’ €1805
Edel  Tobin, The Walls Project – Art on the Greenway €3975
Mary McGrath, Lismore Caste Arts, Exhibition €4000
TOTAL €11,330


Playwright & Producer Team Grant  
Tony Kelly, ‘The Hurler’ €1500
Pat Daly, ‘The Attack’ €1500
Luke Corcoran/John  O Connell/Central Arts, ‘Poppy Loftus’ €1500
2 x Phase 2 awards to be made at €1500 each €3000
TOTAL €7,500


Screenwriter & Producer Team Grant  
Jason Kennealy, Screenwriter & Producer Team, ‘The Metal Man’ Phase 1 €250
Ollie Breslin, Screenwriter & Producer Team, Play ‘The Checkout’ Phase 1 €250
Oonagh Quinn, Screenwriter & Producer Team, Mr. Sun’ Phase 1 €250
2 x Phase 2 awards to be made at €3750 each €7500
TOTAL €8,250




Total  Allocation 2020 €90,000.


Venue Grants

 The following Venues received funding under Waterford City and County Council’s

Arts Venue Grants Scheme 2020.

 Arts Venue applications were examined under the following criteria:

  • Contribution to the community
  • Accessibility to Public and Practitioners
  • Education & Outreach
  • Value for money
  • 2019 AND 2018 Programme of activities
Venue  2020      
•Garter Lane €65,000
•Theatre Royal €65,000
•Central Arts €11,000
•Coastguard Cultural Centre €10,000
•GOMA Gallery €11,000
•Rogue Gallery & Studios €3,000
TOTAL €165,000



Waterford City and County Council has allocated €1,286,458 in festival and event funding to aid with the development and promotion of events in Waterford City & County during 2020.
The allocation supports 73 festival and events throughout Waterford City and County with the aim to promote local festivals that have an economic, tourism, cultural/artistic or community perspective.
Mayor John Pratt said “The main purpose of the Festival and Events Grants scheme is to provide financial assistance to groups and organisations engaged in developing festivals and events. The emphasis is on providing funding to assist the various festivals and events to grow and become sustainable and increase the attractions for visitor numbers to Waterford”
Applications were assessed under the following criteria

Economic, artistic, community impact; visitor numbers/participation; organisational expertise;

future viability of the event; financial planning and marketing.

 Council Events
Harvest Festival 99,000
Winterval 429,500
Festive Lighting 111,850
Waterford Viking Marathon 22,000
Theatre Royal Summer Programme 15,000
FestiveTraining Support 5,000
St. Patricks Day Festival City 50,000
Summer in the City / Art Beat 59,000
Waterford Writers 34,000
Capital of Culture/Music Generation 84,000
O’Connell St Festival 9,000
Creative Ireland 15,000
Non Council Events
Raven’s Rock Rally 4,000
Dunmore East Festival of food 5,000
West Waterford Festival of Food 50,000
Comeraghs Wild Festival 28,000
Camphire International Horse Trials 5,000
Ardmore Pattern Festival 7,000
Robert Boyle Summer School 2,000
The Celtic Cup 10,000
Waterford Walls 13,000
Dunmore East Blue Grass Festival 10,000
Co. Waterford Fleadh Ceoil 2,000
Dungarvan Aglow 20,700
Waterford Bridge Congress 500
Waterford Country Fair 1,500
Southeast Science Festival 5,000
Enchanted Garden Winter Light Festival 500
Yogafest 1,000
Tunefest 5,000
Taste Tramore Events 16,200
Deise Medieval Greenway 2020 2,500
Ireland Newfoundland Festival 1,008
Pride of the Dese 2,000
Spraoi 70,000
Blackwater Valley Opera Festival 7,000
Gealach Gorm Singer Songwriter Festival 1,000
Imagine 20,000
Waterford Festival of Architecture 2,000
Waterford Film Festival 500
West Waterford Drama Festival 2,800
Tionol Nioclais Toibin 1,500
Well Festival 4,000
Spróg 2,000
John Dwyer Trad Weekend 3,000
DaonScoil Na Mumhan 1,000
Lismore Tower and Tales 5,000
LIT 1,000
Mod Poets Festival 1,400
The Booley House 1,000
Piano Day 2,800
Blueway Poetry Festival 800
Community Awards 5,600
St. Patrick’s Day Dungarvan 5,000
St. Patricks Day Tramore 5,000
Bealtine Bio Diversity 1,500
Clashmore Strings and Things 750
Woodstown August Fair 500
Donal O Connor Memorial Cycle 700
Nire Valley Drop 1,750
St. Patricks Day Portlaw 1,000
Copper Coast Festival 500
Fun for Life 500
Good old Days 600
Barony of Gaultier Rose Festival 550
1848 Tricolour Celebration 4,500
Dunmore East Walking Weekend 500
Kilmacthomas Greenway Christmas 700
International Womens Day 1000
Sliabh gCua Liverpool connection 700
Dunmore East Heritage & History 300
Positive Ageing 700
Dungarvan Flower Club 500
Waterford Women’s Centre History Festval 950
KGK Knockanore 600


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