The Arts Council

The Arts Council is an autonomous body, under the aegis of the Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. It is the national agency for the promotion and development of the arts in Ireland. It was established in 1951, to stimulate public interest in, and promote the knowledge, appreciation and practice of, the arts. The Arts Council is a voluntary body of 12 members and a chair, appointed by the Minister for Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs for a period of five years.

The ongoing work of the Arts Council is delivered by the Executive. In addition to the Director, a staff of 48 full-time equivalents carries out the daily functions of the organisation.

Arts Council Funding 1997 – 2015

(amounts shown in euro)

Year Funding (€m) % Change
1997 €26.4  
1998 €33.1 25.5%
1999 €35.6 7.3%
2000 €45.1 26.8%
2001 €48.1 6.8%
2002 €47.7 -1.0%
2003 €44.1 -7.5%
2004 €54.5 23.6%
2005 €66.2 21.5%
2006 €82.3 24.3%
2007 €83.0 0.8%
2008 €82.1 -1.1%
2009 €73.4 -10.7%
2010 €68.6 -6.4%
2011 €65.2 -5.0%
2012 €63.2 -3.0%
2013 €60.6 -4.2%
2014 €56.9 -6.1%
2015 €58.9 3.5%

The Arts Council can be contacted at:

70 Merrion Square,
Dublin 2.

phone: 01-6180200,
fax: 01-6761302,
email: info@artscouncil.ie.
Website: www.artscouncil.ie

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board was re-established in 1993 and it has played a crucial role in the development of the indigenous film industry as well as raising public awareness of the social, cultural and economic benefits of film-making in Ireland.

The primary function of the Board is to provide development and production finance for Irish film projects. Development loans are given to provide resources to allow a project to be brought from the drawing board to the stage of being a properly researched and developed project ready to be taken to the production stage. Production loans contribute towards the actual cost of producing a finished film or documentary project.

By providing these loans the Board is providing the opportunities needed by emerging Irish talent and, through schemes such as “Short Cuts”, has launched the careers of quite a number of young Irish film makers. The Board also supports more established companies in producing culturally Irish films which have significant commercial prospects.

The Board also provides, under its capital provision, funds for film training, carried out on behalf of the Board by the National Training Committee for Film and Television established under Fás legislation, known as Screen Training Ireland.


The Irish Film Board receives capital and administrative funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The capital grant covers development and production loans and training.

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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