Begin Together Arts Fund

The Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund, in partnership with Business to Arts will distribute a total of €1 million between 2020 and 2022. The Arts Fund is designed to support all art forms from artists and groups of artists across the island of Ireland, benefitting a range of audiences. It also aims to support arts projects that are inspired by, respond to or have been adapted due to COVID-19.

Through the Fund, we are continuing to build on the rich culture and heritage of the country and Bank of Ireland’s long history of supporting the arts.

Applicants can request funds between €3,000 – €10,000 (and sterling equivalent) and average grants will be €5,000 (and sterling equivalent). Artists or groups of artists applying must work with a partner organisation (e.g. a venue or event, arts organisation, community/voluntary organisation or another funding agency/organisation).

The Fund will provide fees to artists or groups of artists to create new work; help maximise the budgets of partner organisations for their programme of activity; and enhance the wellbeing of the participants, audiences and communities involved.

The Begin Together Arts Fund is now open and the closing date for the first round of applications is Wednesday, November 4th at 5pm. The second round will open in April 2021.

Click here for information on the application process and to complete the online application form.