Whispers of Resilience by Rosemary Noonan, recipient of Kildare Arts Service First Fortnight Award 2023. Image credit: Peter Keane.

Kildare County Council Arts Service invites individual artists and/or collectives in any artform to apply for the First Fortnight Award 2024.

The award, in collaboration with First Fortnight, Ireland’s Mental Health Arts & Culture Festival, aims to support the development and presentation of new work that provokes conversation around mental health and promotes mental health awareness and wellbeing.

The award will provide a grant of €4,000 towards the development and/or presentation of new work. The recipient(s) of the award will be included as part of Kildare’s First Fortnight Festival programme of events in January 2025.

Applications to this award are welcome from individual artists and/or collectives in any artform from or currently residing in County Kildare, with ideas for new or ‘in development’ projects that provoke conversation around mental health and promote mental health awareness and wellbeing.

Application deadline
Applications must be submitted before the deadline at 12pm, Wednesday 28 February 2024.

Application Process 
Applications will only be accepted via the online application form:

Information Session
Kildare County Council Arts Service will host a number of information sessions in locations throughout the county about applying for arts grants and bursary awards with Kildare County Council.

Information videos and application guides will also be made available via Kildare Arts Service’s YouTube channel from Monday 22 January 2024.

If you need help to complete and submit your application, email or call the Arts Service team at least three weeks before the award deadline, or as early as possible: arts@kildarecoco.ie / Tel: 045 980872.


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