Apply Now for Begin Together Arts Fund

Posted 13.05.21

Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts - Audience, Budget, & Evaluation.

The second round of the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund, in partnership with Business to Arts (The Fund) is now open. The all-island Fund will make a total of €1 million in arts funding available over three years, awarded to projects that are adapting due to the pandemic, or are inspired by and responding to our recovery.

The Fund supports or commissions artists and arts organisations to develop arts projects that engage the individuals, audiences and communities involved. All art forms are eligible to apply to The Fund. With this second round, Bank of Ireland and Business to Arts are encouraging more applications from artists who specialise in fine-art film and craft-related disciplines and from community arts organisations, who were under-represented in round one.

For this second round, only projects that plan to take place between December 2021 and December 2022 are eligible. The above criteria are applicable for this round and may change in round three.

Size of Grants

Applicants can request funds between €3,000 – €10,000 / (STG equivalent). Average grants will be €5,000 / (STG equivalent), with maximum grants of €10,000 / (STG equivalent). Artwork(s) / arts project(s) with larger budgets that have secured funds elsewhere are encouraged to apply. With each grant round the Fund aims to provide funding to an artwork / art project in each county on the island of Ireland.

Key dates

Wed, 5 May, 2021: Open for applications
Tue, 18 May, 2021: Webinar 1: General Overview & How to Apply, 1:00pm – 2:00pm REGISTER HERE
Thu, 20 May, 2021: Webinar 2: Audience, Budget, & Evaluation, 1:00pm – 2:00pm REGISTER HERE
Wed, 23 June, 2021, 5:00pm: Deadline for applications
Tue, 31 Aug, 2021: Applicants informed by email
Dec 1 2021 — Dec 31 2022: Projects to take place


Apply at by 5pm on Wednesday, 23 June 2021.

Visit for Eligibility Requirements and Criteria, Application Questions (for reference only), and Frequently Asked Questions.


There will be two information webinars for applicants to The Fund on:

Tuesday 18th May General Overview & How to Apply, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Thursday 20th May Audience, Budget, & Evaluation, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

If you have any technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Fund team by email on [email protected] or call +353 1 662 9238 and they will be able to assist you.

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