The Arts Awards is our annual funding scheme which aims to support the ongoing development of the arts in the county.  The following awards are available: 


  • The Arts Awards
  • Professional Development Award


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.  


The Professional Development Award is most suitable to professional artists.  The Professional Development Award provides funding to individual professional artists based in Cavan who earn a proportion or all their annual income through their artistic practice. 


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.


The selection criteria for Professional Development Award as follows:


  • The level ofexperience
  • Benefits to ongoing professional development
  • Artistic ambition and excellence of proposed artistic encounter
  • Quality of artistic samples, previous work
  • Quality of plans for evaluation and feedback to Cavan County Council

We fund a range of artistic activities, including:

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

Arts Awards 2015 Decisions here

Professional Development 2015 Decisions here



Download Word Application Form Arts Awards 2016

Download Word Application Form Professional Development Award

Download County Council Arts Awards Guidance Notes

Application Check List

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is no later than Thursday 28 January 2016.

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


Post application forms to:

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

Please note: Applications via email are not accepted.