The Arts Awards is our annual funding scheme which aims to support the ongoing development of the arts in the county.  The Professional Development Awards are for artists.

About the Arts Awards

The Arts Awards are most suitable for individuals or organisations including festivals, communities, schools and educational organisations to support an arts event or project.    Available funding is modest and applicants are encouraged to be mindful of this before preparing an application.

Selection Criteria:   The process of selecting successful applicant individuals and organisations is competitive and selection decisions for the Arts Awards will be informed by the following criteria:

  • Level of experience.
  • Benefits to ongoing professional development of the individual or organisation.
  • Quality of the proposal.
  • Quality of the proposed project.
  • Potential impact of the project on the wider arts environment in County Cavan.

 We fund a range of artistic activities, including:

  • projects, events, commissions and productions
  • research and development, audience development and marketing activities
  • organisational development to improve the long-term stability of arts organisation.
  • residencies
  • touring

Arts Awards 2016 Decisions


Download Word Application Form Arts Awards 2017

Download County Council Arts Awards Guidance Notes

Closing date for receipt of completed applications for the Arts Awards is Thursday 26 January 2017.


Professional Development Awards

The Professional Development Awards for Artists are now open.  

Application forms are available HERE

Download Cavan County Council Arts Plan HERE     (New strategy pending)

For further reading on National Arts Strategy in Ireland see Making Great Art Work

Closing Date for the Professional Development Awards is Friday 3 February 2017.

This fund provides funding to individual professional artists based in Cavan who earn a proportion or all their annual income through their artistic practice. Cavan County Council will offer the Professional Development Award in respect of professional artists practicing in the following art forms in 2017: architecture, literature, theatre, dance, film, music, visual arts, traditional arts, youth arts, collaborative arts or in multi-disciplinary contexts.



Post application forms to:

Cavan County Council Arts Office
Farnham Centre
Farnham Street
Co. Cavan  
H12 C9K1


Please note: Applications via email are not accepted.

The following notes may also be useful to applicants when deciding how best to constuct their application proposal. The Creative Proposals - Artists Professional Development and Mentoring Workshop was held in January 2013 with Annette Moloney. View or download notes here


The Moth Young Artists and Writers Bursary

The Moth is home to the international art and literature magazine of the same name, and its junior counterpart The Caterpillar, as well as hosting several major literary and art prizes, including the €10,000 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize.  

The Retreat

The directors of The Moth, Will Govan and Rebecca O’Connor, have lovingly restored an old barn next to their house and office in rural Cavan. The accommodation is over two floors, with a bedroom and bathroom upstairs and a living/studio space and kitchen diner downstairs.  They have created what they believe is the perfect environment in which artists and writers can work, away from the distractions of their everyday lives.

Cavan County Council Arts Office invites artists and writers under 30 to apply for a week-long residency at The Moth Retreat.

Information Leaflet


Uillinn Award


West Cork Arts Centre in partnership with Cavan County Council is offering a Studio Residency Award to an artist who is interested in developing their arts and health practice in the autumn of 2017.    







(Flower Detail by Frances Traynor Recipient of The Tommy McLoughlin Memorial Award)