The Arts Council’s Agility Award is an open and flexible grant scheme designed around the needs of individual freelance artists and arts workers at any stage of their careers. The award is available across all artforms and arts practice areas supported by the Arts Council.

Developed to support the arts community following the Covid-19 crisis, new applicants are particularly welcomed.

What is the purpose of the Agility Award?
This award will help you to do one or more of the following:

  • Develop your practice
  • Develop your skills
  • Develop your work

Applications will be prioritised that best show how your practice as an artist or arts practitioner will benefit from taking time to develop your craft or to work on artistic ideas. Applications are encouraged from early-career stage artists or arts practitioners who may not have previously applied to the Arts Council.

The amount you can request must range from €1,500 to €5,000.

Round 1 Deadline 2022 
Thursday 3 February 2022 at 5.30pm

How do I apply? 
Application process and guidelines:


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