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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/Mentoring is open to artists who wish to develop a community based project and who have identified an artist mentor they want to work with a during the research and development strand. The maximum award is €1500, which includes €500 fee payable to the mentor. Maximum time frame is 3 months.

NEW: In 2018, Create have also introduced one R&D Award with Mentoring specifically for an artist from a minority ethnic background. This award offers additional funding and a slightly longer timeframe. Research & Development Award/mentoring for an artist from a minority ethnic background who wishes to develop a community based project and who has identified an artist mentor they want to work with  during the research and development phase. The maximum award is €2,750 of which €500 is specifically to engage a mentor. The time frame should be no longer than 4 months

While there is one R&D with Mentoring Award ringfenced for an artist from a minority ethnic background in each round, all applications for this award will also be considered for the regular Research & Development Award, with mentoring.

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..

Read the AIC FAQ

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:

Create are currently updating the guidelines and application forms for the Artist in the Community Scheme. Please use the linked documents only for reference. Updated guidelines and application forms will be available here no later than the 11th June 2018.

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

Since 2001 the Artist in the Community Scheme has funded up to 200 artists. Visual artists, writers, theatre practitioners, musicians, film makers, architects and dancers have worked with many communities of place/and or interestin very diverse social and community contexts.

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