Arts Council of Ireland - Arts and Disability Connect

Deadline: 10 October 2023 16:00

Arts and Disability Connect (ADC) Application: Opportunity 2 for New Work or Research and Development Awards 

Opportunity Two: Maximum awarded €15,000

The Arts and Disability Connect scheme is designed to support artists with disabilities to be ambitious, to develop their practice and to connect with arts organisations and arts professionals in Ireland.

There are four different strands within the scheme: Mentoring (€3,000), Training (€1,000), New Work (€15,000), and Research and Development (€5,000). 

This year these four strands are split across two opportunities:

The first opportunity includes Mentoring or Training awards,
The second opportunity includes New Work or Research and Development awards.

Details about upcoming information session and how to book one-to-one support will be on the ADI website soon.

Application forms, guidelines, Easy Read information and FAQs for are available on the ADI website at

Funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland ADC continues to be tailored closely to the needs of artists living in the Republic of Ireland in a way that complements other funding opportunities available. 

Arts and Disability Connect has been created in response to the changing needs of the sector in the Republic of Ireland and in line with Arts Council commitments outlined in its Arts and Disability Policy 2012 - 2016 (PDF, 3.98MB). Arts and Disability Connect has four funding strands.

Arts and Disability Connect New Work 

Maximum award of €15,000 
For more established artists with a strong track record in their professional practice who wish to work with artists and arts partners to develop new work and present in established arts organisations, venues, and festivals etc.

Research and Development award 

Maximum award of €5,000 
This award is for mid-career and established artists who want time and resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their practice. It can be used to ‘buy time’, develop new relationships with arts partners in order to submit a New Work application in the future or to develop other strategic partnerships.  

Arts and Disability Connect Mentoring

 Maximum award of €3,000
For artists at all stages of career development including emerging artists who wish to engage in mentoring opportunities.

Arts and Disability Connect Training

Maximum award of  €1,000 
For artists at all stages of career development, including emerging artists, who wish to engage in professional development and other learning opportunities.

The Arts and Disability Connect scheme is funded by the Arts Council and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland.