The Rehab Group has launched a new Visual and Performing Arts Fund which will provide €150, 000 over the next five years to promote careers in the arts for people with disabilities and people with mental health difficulties. Applications are being sought from people with disabilities or mental health difficulties working or studying in the arts who require financial support for the year 2013. The closing date for the first year of the Fund is 28 February 2013.
The scheme is open to people interested in a wide range of visual and performing arts – from painting, sculpture and graphic art to film and drama, music and dance. Applications are sought from people who are 17 years and over and who wish to pursue a career in the arts. Applications will be judged on the basis of their originality and creativity, potential future development, and previous portfolio of work. Applications can be for a particular artistic idea or work, or can support an individual in undertaking a residency or pursuing studies in their chosen area.
Grants of between €1,000 and €10,000 per individual or project will be made available and funding can be used to match other funding sources already secured by applicants or to support other funding applications.
Angela Kerins, Rehab Group Chief Executive, said of the Fund: ‘We really want to get the message out there that this Fund is available for people who have a disability or a mental health difficulty who wish to develop their career in the arts. We want to give talented people a stepping stone to a successful career in their chosen area of the arts.‘
Further guidelines can be found at http://www.rehab.ie/about/VisualAndPerformingArtsFund.aspx