Artist Support Scheme /Tacaíocht do Ealaíontóirí 2023

Artist Support Scheme 2023/ Tacaíocht do Ealaíontóirí 2023

Emerging Talent                                                    Established Artist

Up to 6 Awards of €400 each                             up to 12 Awards of €800 each

Emerging Talent

Applicants Art Form
1 Julieanne Black Reel, Castleblayney * Singer/Songwriter
2 Lorraine Coffey, Clones * Pastel & Clay Sculpture
3 Aisling Slattery Fanning, Scotstown * Mixed Media
4 Benedict Lambe O’Sullivan, Monaghan Town Musician/Songwriter


Claire McCluskey, Clones

Hannah Nic Eindrí, Ballinode*




Established Artists

Applicants Art Form
1 Jonathan Hughes, Castleblayney  Film maker
2 Claire McCabe, Rockcorry Film maker
3 Rachel Mae Hannon,  Monaghan Town Musician
4 David Marron, Carrickmacross * Musician/Composer
5 Niamh McPhillips, Carrickmacross Performance Artist/Dance
6 Orlagh Meegan Gallagher, Carrickmacross  Visual Art
7 Emily McGardle, Carrickmacross Printmaking/Drawing
8 Gráinne Hunt, Carrickmacross Singer/Songwriter
9 Shay Sweeney, Castleblayney Drummer/Producer
10 Sorcha McCague, Scotstown * Musician
11 Declan Gorman, Skerries Theatre
12 Ben Reel, Castleblayney * Composer/Musician/Singer

* 1st time recipient

Total                                                                                       € 12,000



Scéim Tacaíochta Ealaíontóir/ Artist Support Scheme 2023

1. Tallann ag teacht chun cinn /Emerging Talent

2. Ealaíontóir bunaithe/ Established Artist

Iomlán an Chiste atá ar Fáil / Available Funds up to €12,000

 Scéim Oscailte 23ú Márta: Open 23rd March:

 Sprioc Lá       Déardaoin 20ú Aibreán 4 i.n.

Closing date  Thursday 20th April 4pm

Iarratas a dhéanamh faoin scéim seo, íoslódáil an fhoirm iarratais ó

To apply for funding under this scheme download the application form.

Application Form 2023 Artist Support Scheme (MS Word)

Download Criteria and Guidelines:

Guidelines 2023 Artist Support Scheme (MS Word)

or contact  call 047-38162


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Olga McConnon           

Director of Services                                                                                                        

Head of Finance, Housing & Culture

23rd March 2023

Cavan and Monaghan Youth Arts Bursary 2023: Open for Applications

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We’re delighted to announce that the Cavan Monaghan Youth Arts Bursary 2023 is now open for applications!

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. Eight bursaries worth €800 each will be awarded, four to County Cavan and four to County Monaghan.

This bursary scheme hopes to ignite young people’s 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.

For more information on the bursary, see the attached document or visit our website.

How do I apply?

Complete the short online application form: and submit your application by Monday, April 24th  at 5pm.

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

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

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                                                                                             



Scéim Tacaíochta Ealaíontóir/ Artist Support Scheme 2022

The 2023 Artist Support Scheme will be Open on the 23rd of March 2023

Emerging Talent                                                    Established Artist

Up to 6 Awards of €400 each                             up to 12 Awards of €800 each


Emerging Talent – €400 each

Applicants Art Form
1 Fiona Longmuir, Annyalla * Children’s Author
2 Paul Sherry, Doohamlet * Musician/Composer
3 Rowan Greig, Glaslough * Visual /Fashion & Design
4 Roberta Ceginskaite, Monaghan Town * Dance/Choreography
5 Emily McGardle, Corduff Visual Art/Printmaking

  Established Artists – €800 each

Applicants Art Form
1 Brendan McCahey, Bawn * Music/composer
2 Rachel Mae Hannon, Monaghan Town * Musician/songwriter
3 Seán McElwain, Ballinode * Music/Traditional
4 Orlagh Meegan Gallagher, Carrickmacross Visual Artist/outreach
5 Niamh McPhillips, Carrickmacross * Performance Artist/Dance
6 Jonathan Hughes, Castleblayney * Filmmaker/scriptwriter
7 Shay Sweeney, Castleblayney Music/Arranger
8 Paul McCloskey, Carrickmacross Visual Arts Painting
9 Sarah Wren Wilson, Glaslough Visual Arts Painting
10 Declan Gorman, Monaghan Town Theatre/Writer/Director
11 Niamh O’ Connor, Ballinode Visual Artist/Painter
12 Michelle Kettle, Carrickmacross * Visual Artist/ Painter

* 1st time recipient

1. Tallann ag teacht chun cinn /Emerging Talent

2. Ealaíontóir bunaithe/ Established Artist

Iomlán an Chiste atá ar Fáil / Available Funds up to €12,000

 Scéim Oscailte 31ú Márta: Open 31st March:

 Sprioc Lá       Céadaoin 27ú Aibreán 4 i.n.

Closing date  Wednesday 27th April 4pm

Iarratas a dhéanamh faoin scéim seo, íoslódáil an fhoirm iarratais ó

To apply for funding under this scheme download the application form.


Download Criteria and Guidelines:

Guidelines 2022 Artist Support Scheme (PDF)


or contact  call 047-38162


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John Murray                                                                                                                         

Head of Finance, Housing & Culture

31st March 2022


Nationwide scheme by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices in collaboration with the Arts Council opens for applications on March 3 2022


Following on from its successful pilot in 2020-21, the Association of Local Authority Arts Officers (ALAAO) is once more collaborating with the Arts Council to present PLATFORM 31 – a national opportunity for artists to be supported to investigate how they might develop their practice or make work in a different way.

Designed to support and enable career development for 31 mid-career artists – one artist will be selected from each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland – there are two elements of support for participating artists in this pilot scheme: financial and developmental.
Participating artists will receive an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in a developmental programme.

Informed by last year’s pilot, the PLATFORM 31 developmental programme will provide coaching, advisory support and networking opportunities for participating artists, introducing them to a pool of critical thinkers to share their work and encouraging a national conversation about creating work in local contexts.

Designed to support mid-career artists, PLATFORM 31 is open to artists of any artform, medium and practice – as well as multi-disciplinary artists, living in any of the 31 Local Authority regions in Ireland.

Applications open from March 3rd to 30th 2022.

For more information see or email

Local Live Performance Programming Scheme Phase III

Comhairle Contae Mhuineachán/ Monaghan County Council

Fógra ag lorg Léirithe spéise don/ Notice Seeking Expressions of interest for the

Local Live Performance Programming Scheme Phase III

 Bealtaine-Meitheamh  / May-June 2022

Producers/Event managers, Venues and Festivals in County Monaghan to support in the rollout of the LLPPS Phase III, for those who have experience in delivering event(s) of scale in the Arts & Cultural sector.

Seeking partners to assist and facilitate with this funding scheme by engaging with Producers & Promoters to provide support for people in the industry to facilitate programming of live performances in the County for local communities.

Total available funds under this provision of the scheme is €120K

This scheme is designed by the Department to support employment opportunities for Artists, Performers and Crew in showcasing events across the county which should help underpin the recovery of the live performance sector.  The funding can be used to support employment and wellbeing in the commercial arts and culture sectors through the provision of live performances, up to 30th June 2022.

Deadline for SUBMISSIONS is Thursday 24th March 2022

send your Expression of Interest to

The Guide To Operating this Scheme (DOC)

John Murray, Director of Services

Head of Finance, Housing and Culture

15th February 2022

Scéim Ealaíon Compháirtíochta/ Arts Partnership Grant Scheme 2023


Successful Arts Partners Grant                                              Amount Awarded

1            The Garage Theatre                                                   € 22,000

2            Castleblayney Drama Festival                                  €   4,000

3            Clones Film Festival                                                   € 11,000

4            Féile Patrick Byrne                                                     €   6,000

5            Muckno Mania                                                           €   3,000

6            Íontas Theatre                                                            € 22,000

  Total                                                                                         €68,000




Arts Partnership Grant /Deontas Comhpháirtíochta Ealaíon

Application & Guidelines /Treoirlínte & Iarratais

      Sprioc Lá chun iarratas a chur isteach/ Final date to submit application

                       4.00i.n. Déardaoin 23ú Feabhra / Thursday 23rd February 4.00pm.

  • This Grant scheme is open to ARTS organisations, groups, festivals, and projects that are based in Co Monaghan who deliver on Arts Programme.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of achievements in the delivery of the arts in County Monaghan.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply to the Arts Council for funding under the appropriate scheme. An acknowledgment from The Arts Council 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.
  • In your application form please mark which of these goals your submission might address & fulfill
  • 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


Download Form:

2023 Arts Partners New Application Form (Word Doc)

or requested by contacting

or 047-38162 at The Market House, Monaghan Town

John Murray, Director of Services

Finance, Housing & Culture

1st February 2023.



Artist Support Scheme 2021

Artist Support Scheme/Tacaíocht do Ealaiontóirí Gairmiúila 2021

“Has your creative work as an Artist been affected by the Covid-19 restrictions? 

If so, Monaghan County Council would like to assist you with this Scheme”

closed Wednesday 15th September 4pm / Sprioc lá Céadaoin 15 Meán Fómhair 4.i.n


Total Available Fund / Iomlán an Chiste atá ar Fáil € 10,000

Emerging Talent                                                    Established Artist

Up to 7 Awards of €400 each                             up to 12 Awards of €600 each

2021 Artist Support Scheme (Word Doc)

Comhairle Contae Mhuineacháin
Monaghan County Council
Artist Support Scheme
Tacaíocht do Ealaíontóirí Gairmiúila
Emerging Talent – €400 each

Applicants Art Form
1 Emily McGardle, Corduff Printmaking
2 Joanne Lynch, Latton Singer/Songwriter
3 Benedict Lamb O’Sullivan, Scotstown Songwriter/Musician
4 Eimhín Farrell, Castleblayney Printmaker
5 Mary Scott, Monaghan Town Artist/Painter
6 Breda McGuigan, Monaghan Town Artist/Oil Painter
7 Sharon Maas, Monaghan Town Novelist


Established Artists €600 each

  Applicants Art Form
1 Kevin Murray, Ballybay Songwriter/Musician
2 Paul McCloskey, Carrickmacross Painter/Visual
3 Padráig Ó Baoighill, Monaghan Town Writer/ In Gaeilge
4 Declan Gorman, Monaghan Town Theatre
5 Evelyn Conlon, Rockcorry Writer
6 Sarah Wren Wilson, Glaslough Painter
7 Niamh O’ Connor, Ballinode Visual Artist
8 Claire McCabe, Rockcorry Film Producer
9 Dara MacGabhann, Lisnalong Songwriter
10 Gráinne Hunt, Carrickmacross Singer/Songwriter
11 Denise McCabe, Tullynahinera Visual Artist
12 Shane Ward, Ballybay Playwright