Artist Support Scheme /Tacaíocht do Ealaíontóirí 2024

Artist Support Scheme /Tacaíocht do Ealaíontóirí 2024

Artist Support Scheme 2024 Bursaries

Emerging Talent – €600 each                               * 1st time recipient

  Applicants Art Form
1 Zara Doody * Visual Artist/Multimedia
2 Matthew McMahon * Theatre Practitioner/ Actor
3 Simon Hennessey * Comedy
4 Dervla McElvaney * Visual Artist/Textiles/Mixed Media
5 Courtney Mulligan * Film/Special Effects/Makeup



Established Artists – €1,000 each.                          * 1st time recipient

  Applicants Art Form
1 Seán McElwain Traditional Arts/Music
2 Kate Beagan * Visual Artist/Painter
3 JJ Duffy * Visual Artist/Mixed Media
4 Michelle Kettle Visual Artist/Painter
5 Joanne Behan Visual Artist/Sculpture
6 Denise McCabe Visual Art/Contemporary Drawing
7 Siobhan McDonald Visual Artist
8 Fiona Longmuir Author/Childrens Novels
9 Rory Pierce * Music/Performer & Composer
10 Eileen Ferguson Visual Artist/Painting/Sculpture
11 Neal Greig Visual Artist/Drawing & Painting
12 Gráinne Hunt Music/Singer/Songwriter


Opening Date 3rd January /Osclaíonn sé 3ú Eanáir

Deadline Wednesday 31st January at 4pm /Sprioc Lá Dé Céadaoin 31ú   Eanáir 4.i.n

Total Available Funds up to/ Iomlán an Chiste atá ar fáil € 15,000

Emerging Talent                                                    Established Artist

Up to 5 Awards of €600 each                             up to 12 Awards of €1,000 each

Monaghan County Council values and wishes to support the work of the Artist and extend the range of opportunities for artists to develop their practice. We recognise that we have a responsibility to provide financial and other assistance to artists, so that they can be supported in the making and presentation of their work, and in their professional development.

The artist is not just the creator of art, they also encourage discourse and navigate us to think outside the box of commonly held opinions of society. They allow us to explore through their work aspects of our own lives and of the world around us. Artists are central to development of the arts in Monaghan. (Framework agreement with Arts Council)






  1. This year’s scheme is open to any individual artist who can demonstrate their track record regardless of whether they have received funding from us in the past.
  2. Monaghan County Council would like to invite individual Artists to apply under this scheme and to have their application considered for funding by an independent Assessment Panel.
  3. The Artistic criteria will include those of you who consider yourselves Emerging talent* as well those of you who have been recognised by your peers as an Established artist**.
  4. Due to the competitive nature of this Scheme and the total funding available, this may limit our ability in supporting all the submissions that have merit.
  5. If you have been in receipt of funding from MCC under the Value-Added Scheme in the current Calendar year, your Submission will not be considered.
  6. If you are successful in being awarded a bursary under this scheme you may not, then seek funding under the Value-Added Scheme in the same calendar year.


Criteria and Limits                   Deadline: Wednesday 31st January 2024

The funding Criteria and Limits will be set under 2 headings.

1: Emerging talent *: an Artist who works in any art form medium should inform us of their current creative process of engagement with their practice will be eligible.  Only twice can one be considered as an emerging talent under this Scheme.

Our aim is to award up to 5 Awards @ €600 each under this heading. This would be a recognition by MCC that you are contributing to the creative and artistic life of the County in a positive way and being rewarded as such.

2: Established Artist **: the Artist has a substantive body of work created in their career and that they have been recognised as such by your peers. This scheme is a recognition of your endeavours in your current arts practice.  A one-year hiatus of being considered for funding may come into effect if you were in receipt of funding 3 years in a row, based on the number of submissions received and available funds.

Our aim is to award up to 12 Awards @ € 1,000 each under this heading this would be a recognition by MCC that your career as an Artist has contributed in a substantive to the Artistic landscape of County Monaghan and beyond and as such should be rewarded.


  • Artists of all disciplines and who work in any artform are welcome to apply.
  • Artists must be originally from County Monaghan or reside in the County.
  • Applicants in a full or part-time education programme are not eligible to apply.
  • The term “Established Artist” assumes, that you have a substantive body of works created and that it has been presented to the public in any medium, and that you are recognised as such by your peers.
  • The term “Emerging talent” assumes that you have presented your creative through whichever medium that best suits your creative process to the public.
  • The Assessment of your Application will be made by a Panel using judgement, experience, and artistic endeavour.


  • This Scheme will enable us to assist artists of all disciplines and in their area of creative enterprise, professional development, performance/exhibition of work and residency opportunities.
  • Artists’ professional development, (e.g., further training, attendance at peer-to-peer workshops, travel grants within Ireland),
  • Artists’ creation of art, (e.g., production costs, materials assistance, exploration and research assistance, residency assistance),
  • Artists, their art, and the public, (e.g., performance & recording development assistance, publication & exhibition assistance, projects carried out in collaboration with county organisations)

Artist Support Scheme 2024

Arts Partnership Grant 2024

Arts Partnership Grant 2024

Arts Partners Grant 2024 Amount Awarded
The Garage Theatre € 19,000
Castleblayney Drama Festival €   3,000
N/East Musical & Dramatic Society €   3,000
Íontas Theatre € 22,000
Féile Patrick Byrne €   6,500
Féile Oriel €   2,500
Clones Film Festival € 11,000
Muckno Mania €   3,000
TOTAL 70,000

Application & Guidelines /Treoirlínte & Iarratais

Osclaíonn sé 3ú Eanáir/ Opening Date 3rd January


      Sprioc Lá chun iarratas a chur isteach 4.00i.n. Dé Céadaoin 31ú Eanáir

Final date to submit application Wednesday 31st January 4.00pm.


  • This Grant scheme is open to ARTS organisations, groups, festivals, and projects that are based in Co Monaghan for 2024.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of achievement in the delivery of the arts in County Monaghan.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply to the Arts Council for funding. An acknowledgment from them confirming this should be submitted to us.
  • The schemes’ focus is firmly placed on the Artist, public engagement and activities that have the Arts at their core.
  • MCC’s Arts Framework Agreement with The Arts Council has 3 Shared Strategic Actions in its delivery, please familiarise yourself with them See 2(B) on the Application Form below.
  • In your application form please mark which of these goals your submission might address & fulfil.
  • The headings are a guide to enable the artistic quality, content, and track record to be discussed and validated by the assessment panel.
  • The assessment of the artistic content within your application will be made by a panel using judgement, experience & artistic endeavour.
  • Funding received from Monaghan County Council can only be used for your Arts Programme, not administrative, utility nor salary costs.
  • Successful applicants will be required to acknowledge the assistance of Monaghan County Council and The Arts Council in relation to all promotional material.

The total funds available under this scheme will not exceed €70K.

2024 Arts Partners Application Form 

Cavan Monaghan Youth Arts Bursary

 Call for Applications

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) Youth Arts Programme is delighted to invite applications for the Cavan Monaghan Youth Arts Bursary 2024. Six bursaries worth €1600 each will be awarded, three to County Cavan and three to County Monaghan.

The bursary scheme is designed to support young people from Cavan and Monaghan to participate in short youth arts projects in collaboration with a professional artist and within youth work and non-formal education settings. This bursary scheme hopes to nurture young people’s creative instincts, ignite their interest in a range of art forms, support them to develop new skills and to encourage them to find their voice through a youth arts process. The scheme also aims to support professional artists to develop their collaborative experiences working with young people and youth workers.
The bursary will support artists’ fees primarily as well as materials and travel costs (where necessary). Artists, youth organisations and young people can collaborate to apply for this scheme, with all applications being submitted by a youth organisation.

“We aim to forge new interactive partnerships between artists and creative youth workers so that they can start new project initiatives with our young citizens in non-formal education settings, allowing them the time and space to explore new areas of arts engagement and new methods of practicing creative art forms.” L.A.E.P. Cavan & Monaghan and Cavan Monaghan ETB Local Creative Youth Partnership (LCYP).

The bursary scheme is funded by Cavan Arts Office Cavan County Council, Monaghan Arts Office Monaghan County Council, Cavan Monaghan Education Training Board LCYP and the Local Arts and Education Partnership (LAEP) as part of their support for the Cavan Monaghan Youth Arts Hub.

• Applications Open: Monday, March 4th
• Application Deadline: Friday, April 12th at 5pm
• Applicants will be informed of grant allocations by: Wednesday, April 24th
• Projects should be completed by: Friday, December 13th

• to support young people from Cavan and Monaghan to participate in short youth arts projects with professional artists within youth work and non-formal education settings
• to nurture young people’s creative instincts, ignite their interest in a range of art forms, support them to develop new skills and to encourage them to find their voice through a youth arts process
• to support professional artists to develop their collaborative experiences working with young people and youth workers.
• to support young-person centred youth arts projects that promote a collaborative approach between young people, youth workers and artists
• to support the engagement of marginalised young people who face barriers to arts participation.

Applications must:
• support youth arts projects/activities for young people aged 10 to 25 in Cavan or Monaghan
• meet the grant objectives
• be for a future activity, not for an activity or project that has already been completed.
• be from a youth group/service or youth arts group /organisation working with young people in Cavan and Monaghan. Artists must apply in conjunction with a youth group/service or youth arts group /organisation. Applications cannot be accepted from individuals.
• Be from an organisation that has a Child Safeguarding Statement and is compliant with Children First. NYCI may link in with the CMETB to verify quality standards.
Please note:
• If the bursary scheme is oversubscribed, then applications will be prioritised that: come from youth groups/organisations; support the participation of marginalised young people; support engagement with a range of art forms; and achieve a geographical spread across the two counties.
• Organisations will be invited to share their youth arts projects as part of a Cavan Monaghan Youth Arts Hub Networking & Exchange session in February 2025.
• Organisations will be required to complete a short evaluation of the project.
• Please complete the short online application form:
• And submit your application by Monday, April 12th 2024 at 5pm

For more information or queries about the application process, contact Rhona Dunnett., National Youth Arts Programme Manager at

Value Added Scheme 2020-2027


2020 – 2027


Scéim Breisluacha Ealaíontóra Ghairmiúil

Professional Artist ‘s Value added Scheme

AIM: The purpose of the Scheme is to add value in our support to Professional Artists who have been awarded a bursary from bodies such as The Arts Council/Culture Ireland or from any national agency with a remit in funding, developing and promoting the Arts. This Scheme should allow the Artist to develop their art practice and provide Artists with the time and resources to research, reflect and critically engage with their art.

 Rationale:  Our Shared Strategic actions with the Arts Council under Priority 1 of our joint framework agreement of 2020 -2027


  1. Supporting Artists Value and support the work of Artists, and extend the range of opportunities for Artists to develop their practice


  • We will provide support funding to Artists who have secured external public funds for a project commission from bodies such as The Arts Council or Culture Ireland

Policy: This Scheme is available to professional, individual Artists, at any stage of their career, whose principle place of residence is in County Monaghan. They might be applying or have received a bursary towards the development of their own practice from a designated National Arts Funding Body, such as The Arts Council, Culture Ireland or any State organisation which has a national remit in supporting the Arts.

Criteria and Conditions to observe:

  • Open to Individual Artists who work in any and all Art forms
  • your principle place of residence must be in County Monaghan
  • the Bursary or award from the statutory body must be towards your own creative practice, not as part of a Residency or in collaboration with a 3rd party organisation
  • You should Include an M.O.U. from The Arts Office prior to submitting your application to the stated organisation, where possible.
  • A copy of the ‘Letter of Offer’ indicating amount being awarded must be supplied before being considered for support.
  • only 1 submission will be considered for funding per Artist per Year under this Scheme. An Artist may make multiple funding requests to external bodies.
  • There is no minimum amount for consideration under this scheme
  • The maximum amount available under this scheme will be €2,000, this sum would be realised if an Artist was awarded €10,250 or above, from the statutory funding organisation (check below to view calculations on this scheme)
  • No matter what sum awarded in bursary by the external body to the Artist, MCC’s maximum value-added investment will not exceed €2,000
  • This Scheme limit is set on a 1st come basis, when a submission may be considered.
  • The total budget available under this scheme in any year will not exceed €10,000
  • The onus is on the Artist to Notify the Arts Office of Monaghan County Council within 1 Month of being in receipt of an award, in order to be considered for this Scheme.


  • up to €3,000 awarded as a bursary to an Artist from external sources MCC commitment @ 25% of sum awarded to a maximum of €750


  • From €3,001- €5,000 if Bursary awarded to an Artist (up to €3K @ 25%) and balance @10% will not exceed €950


  • if the bursary is in the range of €5,001 – €20,000, (€950 up to €5K plus @ 20% of any figure thereafter to a maximum sum of €2,000 as a funding limit under this scheme.


  • The maximum threshold of €2K of the Value-Added Scheme will be realised at €10,250 of any bursary awarded to an Artist

Le do chás a chur ar aghaidh déan teagmháil linn /To advance your case please contact


An Oifig Ealaíon                                                         The Arts Office

Comhairle Contae Mhuineacháin                             Monaghan County Council

Teach an Mhargaidh                                                 The Market House

Baile Mhuineacháin                                                  Monaghan Town

047 38162                                                                 047 38162                                                                                             



Awful Auntie by David Walliams, Open Air Production at Hilton Park, Clones on Sunday 8th May

Heartbreak Productions will be performing David Walliams’ Awful Auntie in the grounds of Hilton Park outside of Clones, County Monaghan on Sunday 8th May . Known for staging classics in alternative settings, with incredible audience engagement this performance promises giggles, gasps, and no end of surprises.




This modern family favourite is a truly thrilling tale that follows the fortunes of little Stella Saxby. Owls, ghosts, chases, escapes, motorcycle rides, and tiddlywinks all fill Stella’s days as she evades her menacing Aunt and saves the family home.
The open air production is sure to start the summer off on the right note. Monaghan’s very own Blasta Street Kitchen food truck will be available with lots of delicious treats. Bring a low-backed chair or rug to sit on, as seating is not provided. Heartbreak Productions does perform in all weathers (unless there is danger to the actors or the audience) so be sure to dress appropriately.

“We are delighted to welcome back our summer programme of open-air theatre to Hilton Park and especially thrilled to kick off with a show for family audiences. It will be an even greater joy to see children enjoying themselves again without restrictions in place. We are so grateful to the Local Live scheme, Department of Culture and to Monaghan council for their funding support” Joanna Madden, Hilton Park.
Standard tickets: Child €10 Adult €15 Family €45 and can be booked at Eventbrite. Show begins at 3pm (2hrs duration) and gates open from 1pm.

Visit for more info.









Arts Partner Grant Applicants




Arts Partner Grant Applicants                                    Amount Awarded

1              Castleblayney Drama Festival                                       €   4,000

2              The Garage Theatre, Monaghan Town                           € 19,000

3              Ballybay Arts Initiative                                                  €  4,000

4              Íontas Theatre, Castleblayney                                       € 22,000

5              Féile Patrick Byrne, Carrickmacross                              €   3,840

6              Muckno Mania, Castleblayney                                       €   3,000

7              Clones Film Festival                                                     € 10,000

    Total                                                                                              € 65,840