Grant Terms and Conditions

Definitions

Grant means funding awarded by Culture Ireland to arts organisations, artists or groups working with the arts with the objective of promoting Irish arts worldwide
Grantee means a recipient of Culture Ireland funding
Event means the event, tour, project or exhibition being supported by a Grant


 

Conditions applying to the award of a Grant

 

1. Grant Offer

In accepting a grant offer, the grantee accepts these conditions in full.

A grant may only be used for the specific costs approved by Culture Ireland as outlined in your grant offer and in a manner that maximises value for money.

 

2. Acknowledgement of Culture Ireland support

Grantees must acknowledge the support of Culture Ireland and the use of the appropriate Culture Ireland logo in all promotional material associated with an event including those of venue/festival/gallery, etc. Such recognition must match that given to corporate or other sponsors or donors for similar support. Compliance with this condition will be monitored and non-compliance will be regarded as a breach of these conditions. Culture Ireland reserves the right to request copies of all such promotional material publicising an event. Please click here to access logos and guidelines for their use.

 

3. Changes to Event

Culture Ireland’s agreement must be obtained in advance and in writing for any proposed alteration to the event (i.e. changes to date, venue, named artist or other significant element). Culture Ireland reserves the right to withdraw or revise its grant offer where significant changes to an event are involved.

 

4. Online Report Form

Grantees must complete a post-event review using an online Report Form when submitting a grant drawdown claim. Please click here to access the Report Form. Culture Ireland reserves the right to withhold payment of a grant where the Report Form has been inadequately or inappropriately completed.

 

5. Media Coverage

You are required to email links to any press coverage, reviews and any relevant photographs, video or audio material in relation to the event to Culture Ireland. These may be used to publicise events supported by Culture Ireland, subject to all necessary permissions being obtained, and assist Culture Ireland when considering subsequent applications from a grantee. Such information should be submitted before, during and after an event takes place to: info@cultureireland.gov.ie.

 

6. Child Protection Policy

Irish-based grantees are obliged to inform Culture Ireland if their event will involve any work or activity that will involve contact with children or relates to the provision of educational, research, training, cultural, recreational, leisure, social or physical activities to children.  If the answer to the foregoing is yes, grantees are required to complete this checklist, which seeks to establish if a grantee’s Child Protection Policy complies with national guidelines. This must be emailed to info@cultureireland.gov.ie. All grantees should ensure that local child protection policies are in place where relevant.

 

7. Freedom of information

Information provided to Culture Ireland may be disclosed in response to a request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2014. Every effort will be made to protect grantees confidentiality in line with the terms of the Act.

 

8. Publication of Grant Awards

Culture Ireland has a policy of publishing relevant details of grants awarded online including but not necessarily limited to the names of the grantee, the amount of the grant offered and a summary of the proposed event.

 

Drawdown of a grant is dependent on the above conditions being fully and satisfactorily completed.

 

Application Eligibility Requirements and Criteria

Culture Ireland offers support to Irish professional artists, arts organisations and international presenters to present work by Irish artists at significant international venues and festivals. 

 

In supporting an event, Culture Ireland offers grant funding towards costs which relate directly to the international presentation of the event, i.e. travel and travel related costs such as transport, accommodation and subsistence.


Culture Ireland considers applications for all forms of the arts as defined in the Arts Act 2003: “arts means any creative or interpretative expression (whether traditional or contemporary) in whatever form, and includes, in particular, visual arts, theatre, literature, music, dance, opera, film, circus and architecture, and includes any medium when used for those purposes”. 

 

Basic Eligibility Requirements:


1. Application must be in respect of a Irish professional artist/s or arts organisation
2. Application must be in respect of an art form defined under the Arts Act 2003
3. Only international events are supported (i.e., outside the island of Ireland)
4. The event must be accessible to an open public audience and fees must be payable to the artist/s or arts organisation
5. Funding support is limited to travel and travel related costs
6. Grants are only payable to the person/organisation named on the initial application

Applications deemed eligible are assessed in line with the following criteria:


1.  Artistic quality of work and track record of artist/s or arts organisation
2. Financial and operational viability of the event (including fees and level of support from presenter/venue/other partners)
3. Profile of international venue/festival
4. Proven capacity of applicant, artist/s or arts organisation to present work internationally
5. Wider promotional and media impact

What does Culture Ireland mean by artistic quality? Artistic quality can be defined as work that is ambitious, excellent and original, connects to audiences and has been presented nationally to critical acclaim. It should be noted that the assessment of the artistic quality of the proposed work is made using knowledge, experience and specialist advice.

Further information on how applications are assessed is available here

Examples of eligible applications include:

• Theatre, circus and dance performances by professional companies
• Film-makers presenting films at key international film festivals
• Performances by professional or professionally-led musicians and ensembles
• Visual artists/galleries exhibiting at internationally recognised art fairs/galleries
• Readings by writers/poets in English or Irish or otherwise at international literary festivals

Please note that because of the competitive nature and context of each grant round, limited funding and a large number of applicants, eligibility and compliance with criteria for assessment alone does not guarantee that you will receive grant funding.

Examples of ineligible applications include:

• Events which have already taken place
• Research, opportunities, study or professional training
• Production Costs
• Residencies
• Bursaries
• Workshops/Conferences
• Amateur events
• Work by non-professional artists
• Events of a competitive nature


Applications made outside the regular grant rounds

Applications will NOT be accepted outside of the regular grants rounds, except in EXCEPTIONAL circumstances and where the following additional conditions are met:

1.  Attendance could not have been anticipated at the time of the last regular grant round
2.  Event is high profile and of key international significance (this includes film festivals at which a film will be showcased or promoted)
3.  Event offers artist important career opportunity
4.  Opportunity cannot be availed of at a later date

Written evidence to support the above conditions is required for all out of round applications.

If you have any queries about the criteria listed above, please email info@cultureireland.gov.ie

Culture Ireland Regular Grant Assessment Process

Culture Ireland’s regular grant funding scheme is designed to support the presentation and promotion of Irish arts internationally. The scheme is currently operated on the basis of three grant rounds per year with deadlines in mid-February, mid-June and mid-October. The attached document which can be downloaded at end of page explains in detail how grant applications are assessed by Culture Ireland.

Overview

Eligibility:  Basic eligibility requirements apply in respect of an application for funding support - please click here for further information.

 

Please note that research opportunities, study or professional training, production costs, residencies, bursaries, amateur events, workshops/conferences, work by non-professional artists and works of a competitive nature are not eligible for support.

 

Application Form: all applicants are obliged to fully complete an online application form. Paper, email or faxed application forms will be declined.  Incomplete online applications will be deemed ineligible. In addition, where Culture Ireland requests that applicants provide additional information and applicants fail to do so, an application will be deemed ineligible.

 

Assessment: applications which meet the eligibility requirements and which have submitted all relevant online information are assessed by the Culture Ireland Executive in line with Culture Ireland’s published criteria.

 

Applications are also referred to independent external specialists in various artforms, drawn from a Specialist Panel who submit comments in terms of their knowledge of the artistic quality of the work for which support is being sought and the timing of this opportunity in the artists’ career to present as proposed.

 

The Irish Embassy/Consulate network is also invited to comment on applications in terms of impact of event, venue, promoter, geographic priorities, local knowledge and whether there might be wider strategic benefits for Ireland arising from a proposed event.

 

Taking into account the views of Specialist Experts, the Embassy network, and assessment by the Culture Ireland Executive, all eligible applications - with recommendations for funding - are submitted for consideration to Culture Ireland's Expert Advisory Committee. The full process in described in the attached document which you can download below. 

 

Note: because of the competitive nature and context of each grant round, limited funding and the large number of applicants, it is not possible to recommend funding for all eligible applicants. Eligibility and compliance with criteria for assessment alone does not guarantee that you will receive grant funding.

 

Culture Ireland requires that all recipients of grants must acknowledge the support of Culture Ireland and the use of the Culture Ireland logo in all promotional material associated with an event. Such recognition must match that given to corporate or other sponsors or donors for similar support. Compliance with this rule of acknowledgement will be monitored and non-compliance will be regarded as a breach of grant conditions. Culture Ireland reserves the right to request copies of all such promotional material publicising an event. Copies of the logo are available here to successful applicants for this purpose. Culture Ireland logos are for use by its partners and grant recipients only.

 
 

Please use an official version of our logo, available for download here. Use it only in the way it is supplied. Do not skew, squash or amend its colours. If in any doubt, please don’t hesitate to contact us: info@cultureireland.gov.ie Please email us at the email address provided here and we can email you a jpeg version of the logo - both in colour and monochrome


 

High resolution versions of logos available for download below.

Drawing down your grant

Definitions

Grant means funding awarded by Culture Ireland to arts organisations, artists or groups working with the arts with the objective of promoting Irish arts worldwide
Grantee means a recipient of Culture Ireland funding
Event means the event, tour, project or exhibition being supported by a Grant

 


 

 

Conditions applying to the drawdown of a Grant

1. Grant Drawdown

The following procedures must be followed when drawing down a grant. Failure to do so may delay the payment of a grant and/or the grant may be withdrawn. Grantees are required to manage their grants and the submission of receipts and materials via email to grants@cultureireland.gov.ie unless directed otherwise.

2. Payment

Grants will only be paid directly into a bank account in the name of the grantee. Payment will not be made to any third parties. Payment will be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) and all grantees (unless previously in receipt of a grant from Culture Ireland) must submit a Bank Details Form prior to submitting a claim.  This form must be submitted to grants@cultureireland.gov.ie

3. Tax Details

Grantees are required to supply a valid Irish PPSN/VAT Registration Number or Charity Number both on the Bank Details Form and when applying online.

 

Please note that eTax Clearance is required where a grantee is in receipt of a grant of a value of €10,000 or more within any 12 months period.

 

Irish citizens should apply online via Revenue On-Line (ROS) or contact their local tax district office to apply for eTax Clearance. Non-resident applicants can apply for eTax Clearance by completing a TCI Form and return it to the Office of the Collector-General, Sarsfield House, Francis Street, Limerick. Further information is available here


Grantees are required to supply their Tax Clearance Access Number (TCAN), which along with their PPSN/Reference number, enables Culture Ireland to verify a grantee’s tax status via ROS before the awarding of grants and at payment authorisation stage. The TCAN is generated when you apply for eTax clearance
 

4. Drawdown date

Your grant must be claimed within FOUR WEEKS after the event taking place. Payment cannot be guaranteed if you do not claim within this deadline. Culture Ireland will not pay grants before the event takes place.

 

Note that the deadline for submitting claims is 30 November each year, after which no payment will be processed until the January of the following year.

5. Proof of Payment

To claim your grant, you must submit scanned digital copies of original receipts or proof of payment up to the value of your grant. Photocopies, invoices, faxes, certified accounts or any other documentation are not acceptable. Receipts or proof of payment in any language other than Irish or English must be translated into either Irish or English before being submitted. The date of receipt/proof of payment and amount being claimed must be clearly visible or will be automatically rejected.

 

Culture Ireland reserves the right to reject receipts and/or to demand original receipts or other proof of payment

 

Receipts or proof of payment used to support your grant drawdown must not be used in support of another claim from Culture Ireland or for reimbursement from any other funder

6. Non-Euro claims

Grantees must quote the euro-exchange rate which applied on the date of transaction (i.e. the date you purchased an airline ticket or booked accommodation)

7. Summary Expenditure Sheet

Proof of payment submitted must be accompanied by a Summary Expenditure Sheet. This can be downloaded here

8. Contact Details

All queries in relation to grants should be addressed to:

Culture Ireland, Room 315, 3rd Floor, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 TD30, Ireland
or emailed to grants@cultureireland.gov.ie

 

Please note that Culture Ireland retains the right to waiver or change any of the terms and conditions outlined above