Grants & Schemes



The Arts Department have a number of annual awards and opportunities available to Arts Organisations, schools and Individuals.

These include:


Arts Act Grants Application Form

Each year provision is made by Laois County Council for the payment of grants to Laois arts organisations and individuals who meet the artistic and financial criteria set down by Laois County Council and who provided adequate information on their proposed activities.

Grants for 2016 have been advertised adjudicated and approved by the full Council on at the Council Meeting on Monday 21st March. A full list of the recipients and awards are available on request.
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Tyrone Guthrie ‌Bursary Scheme

A bursary is made available to enable two Laois artists to spend one week working at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in County Monaghan.  Recipients of the award for 2016 are Amanda Kelly Playwright and Gareth Jenkins, Artist.  The bursary is advertised at the beginning of the year and If you are interested in applying for the Bursary in 2017 please contact the Arts Office and leave your contact details.
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Artists in Schools

Grants are made available for artists’ residencies in schools, to include all art forms.   This scheme gives primary and post primary schools the opportunity to select and work with professional artists and explore new arts media. Open to national and secondary schools throughout the county the application is made by the school in partnership with the artist and each application is adjudicated on its overall artistic benefits and ideals. Contact the Arts Office to request hard copy.

The Arts Office are delighted with the success of the Artists in Schools Scheme throughout the years and each year the standard and outcomes of the residencies gets better and better with 2016 being no exception. The scheme benefits both the artist and the students taking part – experimenting, enquiring, designing and creating, inspires confidence and imagination in all.

In 2016 nine schools were selected by adjudication panel to take part in this scheme where the artists delivers the project directly into the school.   Some of the schools have already completed the residencies and a number of glowing reports have been sent in to the office from teachers and students taking part.

Participating schoolsand projects  in 2016 include:

  • Gaelscoil Phortlaoise – artist Pauline Hyland 1916 mural project
  • Shanahoe National School – artist Janet O’Grady “Plastic Paradise” using recycled materials
  • Scoil Mhuire Abbeyleix – artist Janet O’Grady Wall Mural using recycled materials
  • Portlaoise Educate Together – artist Ania Necel –Kruppa outdoor sculpture project
  • Abbeyleix South N.S. – artist Fin O’Hara pottery project using different processes with clay
  • Abbans N.S. Maganey – artist Mary Slevin Visual arts project using fairy tales as inspiration
  • The Heath N.S. – artist Aishling Hennessy mural project themed on Past to Present to Future
  • Wolfhill NS – artist Janet O’Grady puppets using recycled materials
  • Cosby NS Stradbally – artist Edyta Szymanska sculpture project using clay and organic materials.

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Residency Schemes
JV8A1481Over the years we have supported artists through a programme of residencies. In general these residencies have asked the artist to undertake work in collaboration with communities, schools and groups.

As outlined in the current Arts Plan we will revise this programme to offer artists-in-residence programmes that focus on the making of new work utilising funding through the Dept of the Environment Percent for Art Scheme. The scope for proposals remains open – it might for instance support an artist making new work – to be presented/performed or exhibited in the county or it may support an artist working with others in developing his/her ideas towards the creation of a new work.
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If you wish to register your name for applications for the above awards and opportunities for 2017 contact the Arts Office by phone 057 8664033/13 or email us