Artist in the Community Scheme

AIC Awards

AIC Awards
Pleasc, Fibín. A previous AIC Scheme Project Realisation award recipient. Photo: Seán T Ó Meallaigh

Application form and guidelines

Guidelines (.pdf)
Guidelines (.doc)
Research and Development Budget Template
Research and Development form (.pdf) - REFERENCE
Research and Development form (.doc) - REFERENCE
Project Realisation Budget Template
Project Realisation form (.pdf) - REFERENCE
Project Realisation form (.doc) - REFERENCE

This page contains information on applying for the Artist in the Community Scheme. Please see below for full application precedure, as well as information on additional supports offered by Create. 

The 2021 Deadlines for the AIC Scheme are Monday 26th April (Round 1) and Mon 27 September (Round 2). 

Applying for the AIC Scheme – Step by Step Instructions

All applications must be made using the online form, which you will find linked on this page. Please preview the questions, and prepare your answers, in advance of starting your application.

  1. Read the Guidelines
    A full Guidelines document may be found linked on the right hand side of this page in the weeks in advance of the closing date. This document outlines eligibility requirements, what the award will fund, necessary support materials and information on the application process. You must read the Guidelines in full before advancing to the next step.
  2. Prepare your answers
    You will find a REFERENCE ONLY copy of the application form on the right hand side of this page, in the weeks in advance of the closing date. This is to be used solely to prepare your answers, to understand the questions you must answer, and support materials you must provide. Do not use this reference only version to apply for the scheme. Applications received in this manner will be ineligible for review.
  3. Gather all Supporting Materials
    Information on essential supporting materials is available in the Guidelines document. You must use the provided Budget Template to create your budget. This can be loaded directly into the online application form.
  4. Complete your application online
    The online portal is accessible via the link on the right hand side of this page (this will become live in advance of the closing date). Ensure you are completing the correct form – either Research and Development or Project Realisation. You can save your application part-way through and access it again within 30 days, but remember that you must submit in full in advance of the deadline


How can we support you?

Create and the Arts Council aim to make the application process accessible to all. We have increased supports to remove barriers for artist applicants to Artist in the Community awards. These additional supports may include: translation from other languages, Irish Sign Language(ISL) interpretation for advisory sessions, or transcription of audio and video files. To find out more please contact Create at least 3 weeks in advance of the closing date. Email us at info[at] or call us on (01) 473 6600. If you feel your needs are not outlined here please contact us and we will do our best to support you.

If you have a technical query about using the online application form,  email communications[at] in advance of the deadline.

If you would like to book an 1:1 advisory session call Create on (01) 473 6600 or email info[at]

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