Grants and Funding

Current Schemes

Live Performance Support Scheme

Following the announcement by Minister Catherine Martin, T.D, a new pilot “Live Performance Support Scheme” has been launched to assist commercial promoters and producers to employ artists, musicians, performers, technicians and other support staff in live performances, which may subsequently have to be curtailed, cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19.   The key aim of “Live performance Support Scheme” is to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters of live performances to provide employment to workers in the creative industries while also producing high quality live performances for the public.

It is proving particularly challenging for project promoters currently to implement social distancing while also being commercially viable for live performances to take place.  The sector is proactively working to implement measures to enable their industry to reopen as soon as it is safe, practicable and viable to do so; and this scheme aims to support the live performance sector in achieving this.

Conditions and aims of the scheme include: 

  • Support established commercial venues, promoters and producers , who do not ordinarily receive public funding, to provide employment opportunities in the sector during Covid-19,
  • Enable live performances to go ahead where ticketed capacity is restricted due to the Covid-19 and subsequently requires funding assistance in order to make live performances viable,
  • Provide financial support to defray additional production costs that may be caused by Covid-19,
  • Applicants can apply for a grant from €10,000 to a maximum of €800,000 on a matched funding basis which can be used to fund a percentage of eligible costs,
  • All grants will be paid out on the basis of paid invoices but the Department may consider providing some advanced prepayment of the grant under certain conditions,
  • Only one application per venue, producer and producer will be considered
  • Applications will onlybe accepted by email to liveperformance@chg.gov.ie until 1pm on the 25th September 2020.
  • See the Guidelines for the Scheme for full details and Application Form below.

Link: Guidelines

Link: Application Form

Link: FAQs

Stream D – Cultural Capital Scheme 2019-2022

Following the announcement by Minister Catherine Martin, T.D, a range of capital funding measures will be provided to assist in the re-opening of theatres, arts centres and culture venues under Stream D of the Cultural Capital Scheme 2019-2022 as part of Project Ireland 2040 -Investing in our Culture, Language & Heritage.  The measures are designed to support arts and culture facilities in preparation for staff, artists and audiences returning to venues to reopen in line with the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business and Return to Work Safety Protocols.  There is a high degree of flexibility which will be matched by timely decision-making processes that will allow organisations to undertake immediately, necessary capital adaptations to their buildings so that they comply with the HSE COVID-19 related public health protection measures.

Organisations that hold existing capital grants may immediately request by email to artscapitalunit@chg.gov.ie the re-purposing of all or part of the grant towards necessary works and equipment to allow reopening.  Organisations can apply to re-purpose up to €10,000 of their grant which can be used to fund eligible costs at a 90% funding rate or up to €5,000 which will not require match funding.  Repurposed funding required for the original purpose of the grant will be restored when required at a later date.

Organisations that do not hold a capital grant, will be able to apply for funding from Tuesday 14 July 2020 the under Stream D Cultural Capital Scheme with conditions are as follows:

  • Funding will be available to not-for-profit organisations with a clearly defined arts and cultural remit;
  • Eligible facilities include galleries, professionally-managed arts centres, museums, heritage centres, studios, archives, performance and creative spaces;
  • Organisations can apply for a grant of €10,000 which can be used to fund eligible costs at a 90% funding rate;
  • Alternatively organisations can apply for a grant of €5,000 which will not require match funding;
  • All grants will be paid out on the basis of paid invoices;
  • In exceptional circumstances, the upper limit of €10,000 may be exceeded where a compelling case can be made for a higher grant and these will be dealt with on a case by case basis;
  • The scheme will apply for the period of the coronavirus crisis, commencing 12 March 2020 and applications can be made by organisations at any point throughout the crisis i.e. there will be no closing date;
  • Applications will be assessed and decisions made as they are received by the Arts, Film and Investment Unit of the Department.  The target turnaround time to repurpose grants will be 3 days and a target of 14 days for new grants;
  • Applications will not be accepted from commercial organisations, local authorities, schools, colleges or ETBs;
  • Applications will only be accepted by email to artscapitalunit@chg.gov.ie See the Guidelines for the Scheme for full details and Application Form below, available from 14 July 2020.

Guidelines Stream D – Cultural Capital Scheme 2019-2022
Application Form Stream D


Previous Schemes




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