The Donegal County Council Artists‘ Bursary Scheme welcomes applications from individual professional artists of all disciplines for assistance towards arts projects which are on-going or proposed.
The scheme is designed to support individual artists at any stage of their career to sustain and further their practice.
The objective of the Scheme is to facilitate artists in the development or the completion of specific bodies or programmes of work.
It will support artists to sustain and develop their practice through the research, design, creation and presentation of events, performances, exhibitions and other artistic projects.
In particular, and with regard to the current restrictive Covid-19 environment, the scheme aims to support artists who may be thinking about new ways of working and of reaching the public with their work. It is designed to assist artists to stabilize their existing activity while looking to the future.
Scheme Guidelines and Application Forms, in English and Irish, are now available to download from the Donegal County Council website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Closing Date for the receipt of completed applications is Close of Business, 4.30pm, Friday, October 23, 2020.
Applications received after that deadline cannot be accepted.
Who Can Apply?
The scheme is designed specifically to assist (1.) professional artists, that is, applicants who ordinarily identify themselves, and are recognized by their peers, as professional, practicing artists. While their income may not derive exclusively from their artistic practice, they (2) must be able to display a reasonable track record in their particular artform. Artists making submissions under the scheme, (3.) must be either presently living and working in Donegal or, in the case of Donegal-born artists currently living and working outside of the county, they must have completed some significant work in the county, or related to the county, within the past three years.
The Scheme is Not Applicable to –
• Arts organizations or community groups.
• Individuals currently in full-time, undergraduate education or seeking support for artwork which forms part of undergraduate studies.
• Proposals that are partly or wholly devoted towards charity or fundraising purposes.
• Proposals for the purchase of technical equipment, musical instruments etc., unless such purchase is essential for the continuation of the applicant’s practice or is less than the longterm hire cost of same.
• Proposals in respect of capital or building projects.
• Activity or costs that do not align with the purpose of the Bursary scheme.
Criteria for Assessment
• Creative and artistic strength of the project or practice. (25%)
• Strength of the impact of the Bursary, if awarded, on the stabilization and development of the artist’s practice. (10%)
• How it is envisaged that the public will engage with the artist’s work? (20%)
• Strength and viability of planning – including projected budgets – of the artist to deliver the project or activity. (20%)
• Strength of the artist’s track record of work to-date. (25%)