Kildare County Council Arts Service has announced a new suite of grants and workshops to support creative projects and artists working in the areas of Arts, Health & Wellbeing in the county in 2022. The programme includes the Arts, Health & Wellbeing Award 2022, First Fortnight Award 2022, and the Connect & Discover workshop programme.
Arts, Health & Wellbeing Award 2022
This award aims to support the development, creation and/or presentation of new work that promotes 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. Applications to the Arts, Health & Wellbeing Award are welcome from individual artists and/or art collectives with ideas for new or ‘in development’ arts projects. A grant award of up to €4,000 is available.
First Fortnight Award
In collaboration with First Fortnight, this Award aims to support the development and presentation of new work that provokes conversation around mental health and promotes mental health awareness and wellbeing. First Fortnight is a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. The recipient(s) of the 2022 award will be included as part of Kildare’s First Fortnight Festival programme of events in January 2023. Applications are welcome from individual artists and/or collectives with ideas for new or ‘in development’ projects that provoke conversation around mental health and promote mental health awareness and wellbeing. A grant award of up to €4,000 is available.
Connect & Discover
A new interactive 4-part workshop for creatively minded people, artists, and those working in the arts industry. Participants will connect with your community, share experiences, talk through challenges, and learn new ways of working with a renewed confidence as a creative. ‘Connect & Discover’ will be delivered online and in person across 4 sessions (30th March, 27th April, 25th May, 15th June), facilitated by professional executive coach and theatre director Matthew Ralli. ‘Connect & Discover’ is provided free of charge with funding from Kildare County Council’s Arts Service and the Arts Council.
Kildare County Council welcomes applications from applicants who represent the diversity of Irish society. Applications are encouraged from all areas of the community regardless of gender, sexual orientation, civil or family status, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller Community, or socio-economic background. Kildare County Council also welcomes applications from artists whose first language is not English.
Kildare County Council recently published details of 16 other grants and award opportunities to support the development and presentation of creative and artistic projects in the county this year. Full details and application forms for each grant call out can be accessed through the online portal at kildarecoco.submit.com.
Expressions of interest to participate in the Connect & Discover workshop programme should be submitted via https://forms.office.com/r/k188buhbbz.
The deadline for receipt of applications and expressions of interest for all opportunities is Monday 21st March 2022, 5pm.
Source: Kildare County Council