Culture Ireland, International and Education

Culture Ireland, International and Education – Functions and Services

  • Promoting Irish arts and artists worldwide.
  • Developing platforms to present outstanding Irish creative work to international audiences through showcases at key global arts events, including the Edinburgh Festival and Venice Biennale, as well as through special cultural initiatives such as the international commemorative centenary programme for Ireland 2016
  • Fulfilling Ireland’s obligations at EU level – Councils of Culture Ministers, Cultural Affairs Committee, OMC groups and maintenance of a Creative Desk structure under the EU Creative Europe Programme (Culture and Media)
  • Management and implementation of 2003 UNESCO Convention on Intangible Cultural  Heritage, Steering group for Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, and Galway UNESCO City of Film.
  • On-going co-operation with  British Irish Council  regarding the  Creative Industries Work Sector
  • The Division develops and supports opportunities for Irish artists and art organisations to present and promote their work at strategic international festivals, venues and showcases worldwide primarily through a series of grant schemes.
  • Developing policy and overseeing implementation of Arts in Education Charter.
  • Strategic management of EU Capital of Culture 2020 selection process.

Culture Ireland, International and Education – Accessing our Services

Culture Ireland, International and Education – Classes of Records Held

Records relating to operational matters concerning the division’s functions.  Material such as minutes, correspondence, speeches, ministerial representations and briefing notes.  As well as grant application files from applicants since 2005.

Culture Ireland, International and Education –  Grant or Funding Schemes

Culture Ireland Funding

Culture Ireland’s principal funding scheme is designed to support the presentation and promotion of Irish arts internationally.  This is operated throughout the year according to specific criteria and timescales.  Other grant schemes available are iterated under section g below.

Who is eligible to apply;

Culture Ireland considers applications from Irish artists and art organisations for funding concerning all forms of the arts as defined in the Arts Act 2003, i.e. ‘arts means any creative or interpretative expression whether traditional or contemporary in whatever form, any includes, in particular, visual arts, theatre, literature, music, dance, opera, film, circus and architecture, and includes any medium when used for those purposes’.

How to apply for funding under the scheme;

Applicants can apply for funding online via the Culture Ireland website, http://www.cultureireland.ie/funding

Eligibility criteria;

There must be an element of exhibition, performance, or presentation to a wider audience, (e.g. presenting a paper at a conference, or giving a poetry-reading, as opposed to attendance).

Examples of eligible applications include:

  • Theatre and dance performances abroad by companies, which are professionally based, or led by a professional producer or choreographer;
  • The travel costs of film-makers presenting films abroad;
  • Performances abroad by professionally based or professionally led musicians, bands or choral groups;
  • Travel costs of visual artists and transport of art works; and
  • Readings by authors of their works

Types of applications not eligible for Culture Ireland support include:

  • Events which have already taken place
  • Research, study or professional training
  • Residencies
  • Participation in competitive music and dance events
  • Workshops/Conferences
  • Presentation of work by amateur/non-professional artists
  • Production costs
  • Fees
  • Publicity/copyright/royalties

Criteria governing variations in grant levels;

The applicant must demonstrate how the event will meet the criteria set out below:

  • Artistic quality and high standard of the proposal;
  • Strategic impact in the country in which the activity will take place;
  • Financial and operational viability of the proposal;
  • Appropriateness of proposal for the host country;
  • Portion of costs being met by the proposer or by other appropriate organisations; and
  • The contribution of the proposed activity to the strategic aims and objectives of Culture Ireland.

All applications must meet the eligibility and criteria requirements outlined above. Applications are assessed by an independent panel of experts and are subject to consideration by an Expert Advisory Committee who recommends grants to the Minister for approval. 

Culture Ireland accepts regular funding applications three times a year – in early February, June, and October.  Except in exceptional cases, such as applications in relation to the 1916-2016 centenary programme, regular applications must be received at least eight weeks before the event for which funding is being sought.  Further information is available at: www.cultureireland.ie/funding/schemes/regular

Applicants can also apply for showcase funding or to form part of a Culture Ireland delegation to a showcase. Applications are invited as appropriate, and specific to each showcase, and selection is made taking into account the requirements and context of each event. Applications are made by open call online and applications must be submitted online through the Culture Ireland website at: www.cultureireland.ie/funding/schemes/showcases

Funding is also available through ‘The See Here’ scheme specifically designed to support the inward travel of international promoters and programmers to see work in Ireland. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and priority is given to cases where the invitee will see a range of work by Irish artists e.g. during a festival, or where a number of artists/companies agree to present their work to international promoters over a fixed period of time. Further information is available at: www.cultureireland.ie/funding/schemes/see-here

All applicants awarded funding by Culture Ireland are required to meet in full the grant terms and conditions outlined in their grant offer.  These include completion of an online report form and submission of the grant claim within four weeks of the end of the event and acknowledgement of Culture Ireland support, including the logo, on any promotional materials.  Full terms and conditions are available on the website www.cultureireland.ie/funding/about/after-you-receive-a-grant  

Major Policy Proposals and Public Consultations

Culture Ireland, International and Education – Intangible Cultural Heritage

The interim advisory Group on Intangible Cultural Heritage hope to proceed shortly to invite submissions for consideration on the interim National Intangible Cultural Inventory.















Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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