Kildare Arts Service : Grants and Opportunities

The application window for Creative & Arts Grants 2023 closes at 5pm, Tuesday 28th February 2023

Kildare County Council has published details of 19 separate grants, commissions and bursary award opportunities to support the development and presentation of creative and artistic projects in the county in 2023. Applications will be accepted from individual artists and creatives, arts collectives, community groups, youth groups and schools.

Submissions can now be made to any of these awards through the online portal at The deadline for receipt of applications for all awards is 5pm, Tuesday 28th February 2023. Full details of the eligibility criteria are available through each individual call out.

Kildare County Council supports creative and arts events, programmes and artists in a variety of ways annually.  Artists, arts collectives and community groups, schools, and youth groups may consider applying for the following grant and award opportunities to support their artistic projects in 2023:

The Arts Act Grant aims to provide financial assistance to individual artists, art groups and community projects engaged in arts practice or projects/events at local or county level in Kildare.

The Arts in Education Residency Award is open to all primary and post primary schools in County Kildare who wish to engage a professional artist to enhance the school's Arts Education programme.

The Arts, Health & Wellbeing Award will provide a grant to support the development and/or creation and/or presentation of new artistic work that supports public engagement with the arts, in particular with hard-to-reach communities or those limited access to the arts, whether for physical, social or geographical reasons.

The Artistic Entrepreneur Bursary aims to support the initiation or development of an artistic business based in Kildare. The seed funding may act as a catalyst for an artist to develop their business idea or for a fledgling arts business to expand.

Kildare County Council invites applications for bursary awards that will develop bodies of work with a public interface/engagement that focuses on cultural activity involving the arts, creative industries, heritage and the Irish language.

Applications welcome from artists, creatives practitioners and organisations for new public-facing artistic projects of ambition across art forms to coincide with the county's Cruinniú na nÓg celebrations in 2023.

Applications are invited from individual artists and/or groups of artists for new public-facing artistic projects of ambition across art forms to coincide with the county's Culture Night celebrations.

The Dennis O'Driscoll Literary Bursary Award is open to both established and emerging writers and critics from or currently residing in county Kildare.

The Drama League or Ireland (DLI) Summer School Bursary Award is open to applications from individual theatre/drama practitioners from or currently residing in county Kildare who wish to attend and participate in the DLI Summary School 2023.

The Emerging Visual Artist Solo Exhibition Bursary Award is open to Visual Art students due to graduate in summer 2023, and other emerging visual artists who have or are in the process of creating a significant body of work. The recipient of the bursary award will be invited to present a solo exhibition in Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge

This award will provide professional artists based in County Kildare an opportunity to discuss artistic career and explore goals and how best to achieve them with a specialist Executive Coach Matthew Ralli,  over a number of sessions.

The award, in collaboration with First Fortnight, aims to support the development and presentation of new work that provokes conversation around mental health and promotes mental health awareness and wellbeing.

The Local Publishing Award was established to assist Kildare based individuals and groups with the costs associated with publishing writing of local interest. The aim of the award is to recognise the contribution of scholarly work to our knowledge of the history and heritage of County Kildare and to assist with the publication of said scholarly work. 

The Platform 4 Recording Bursary Award provides three days recording in the Platform4 Audio and Digital Media Studio or use of the studio’s portable recording rig for live recordings. An integral part of the bursary is working with the Platform 4 resident House Engineer on how to get the most out of the studio time.

This bursary award aims to support the professional development of artists in county Kildare by offering the time to research and think about their arts practice or explore a new area within it, without the pressure of producing work.

The Kildare Short Grass Film Bursary award is open to both established and emerging filmmakers and production companies in all genres, from or living in Co Kildare to support the development of film practice or the progression of an original film project.

This Commission aims to support film production in the county, by commissioning an original film to be shot in County Kildare in 2023/24. Applications are invited for original script ideas from filmmakers at all stages of their development.

Applications are welcome from individual artists from all fields born or living in County Kildare to enable them to spend up to 2 weeks at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, the artists’ workplace in Monaghan.

The Youth Arts Bursary Award is open to all youth clubs and youth arts groups in County Kildare who wish to engage a professional artist for an Arts project.



Kildare County Council Arts Service will host a number of Information Sessions in locations throughout the county about applying for Creative Ireland, arts grants and bursary awards with Kildare County Council. Sessions will be of particular interest to individual artists and creatives, art collectives, community groups, youth groups and schools who intend to apply for Creative Ireland and Arts Grants from Kildare County Council in 2023.

All are welcome to attend a FREE session, but booking is recommended. Registration to attend is via

In addition, a presentation will be recorded and made available via Kildare Arts Service’s YouTube and social media channels from Tuesday 24th January 2023.


Further information

  • Application forms for all awards, with eligibility criteria, are available on
  • Queries to Kildare County Council Arts Service: T: (0)45 980872 / E:
  • The closing date for Arts Grants Awards is 5pm, Tuesday 28th February 2023.