Cork County Council has this week made a call for applications under the Arts Grant Scheme 2016.
The Arts Grants Scheme provides financial or other assistance to individuals and organisations engaged in the promotion of arts activities or events at local or county level is now open for application with a deadline of 4th December for applications.
Grant assistance will be awarded only where applications meet the artistic and financial requirements set down by Cork County Council. The principles governing the operation of the Arts Grants Scheme are set out in the 2003 Arts Act, which enables a local authority to make financial or other assistance available for the purposes of:
a. stimulating public interest in the arts
b. promoting knowledge, appreciation and promotion of the arts
c. improving standards in the arts
The objectives of the Arts Grant Scheme are:
- To support the work of locally based arts organisations
- To support work of high artistic quality
- To encourage new and innovative arts projects
- To support the involvement of professional artists and organisations in community based arts projects.
- To support the involvement of all sections of the community in the arts
- To support the improvement of the quality of life for communities.
Welcoming the call for applications, Mayor of the County of Cork Councillor John Paul O’ Shea said “the commitment of Cork County Council to continue its financial support for our Arts Scheme in 2016 is indeed a very positive move. The variety of such innovative arts that have been allocated funding in recent years represents the talent and commitment of all community groups and individual artists within the county. I would encourage groups and individuals to apply before the deadline of the 4th December in order to be in with a chance of funding”.
The Arts Grant Scheme supports arts activities and events at local or county level. These activities and events are developed by local artistic individuals or local service providers such as youth organisations, schools, special need services and organisations working with older people. Community and voluntary groups also play a huge role in promoting the arts in the county. Activity such as Drama, Community Arts, Visual Arts, Choirs, Pipe/Brass Bands and Festivals which are all largely driven by voluntary efforts are also strongly represented among the previous allocations of this scheme.
Guidelines and application forms for the Cork County Council Arts Grant Scheme is available on www.corkcoco.ie