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Rehab Visual And Performing Arts Fund

Applications for the 2014 round of funding are now being sought from individuals with disabilities and individuals with mental health difficulties working or studying in the arts that require financial support for the forthcoming year and is open to people interested in a wide range of visual and performing arts – from painting, sculpture and graphic art to film and drama, music and dance.

Guidelines for Applying

Application Details 
The Rehab Group Visual and Performing Arts Fund aims to provide individuals with disabilities and individuals with mental health difficulties with the opportunity to undertake projects of artistic merit and to pursue careers in the arts. These may be projects / works or a course of study in the visual arts, or in the areas of drama, dance, music, or film.

Applicants can seek funding of between €1,000 and €10,000 per project or individual.

Rehab Group has a long history of supporting people with disabilities to participate in the arts, through its training courses, support of dramatic productions and films and projects that encourage people with disabilities to engage in the arts.

This Fund enables Rehab Group to continue this tradition and to support the developing careers in the arts of a number of people with disabilities and mental health difficulties.

By applying for this Fund, successful applicants agree to take part in any promotional or publicity activities that Rehab requests, including interviews and photographic opportunities, on a no compensation basis.


Funding and Application Process
Applications will be invited from individuals with disabilities and individuals with mental health difficulties either working or studying in the arts, or wishing to commence a career or field of study, as follows:

  • Applications to support the development of a particular artistic work, in line with a defined plan
  • Applications in support of the pursuit of a field of study or period of residency for which the applicant has applied or for which they have already been accepted
  • Applications to support artistic and living expenses with a view to undertaking a particular piece of developmental work related to their chosen field of the arts

The closing date for receipt of applications has been extended to 5pm on Friday, 16th May 2014.



Artists must:
1. Be aged 17 years of age or over at the time of application
2. Submit a full plan for the art work or works or field of study which they intend to use the grant to pursue

As the scheme is designed to support the work of artists with a disability or mental health difficulty, eligibility must be stated in the application. However, no medical or other reports are needed to demonstrate this. We will contact you if any clarification is needed.

Funding will be provided to support individuals rather than providing support to art programmes within disability services.


Application Process 
To apply for the funding, please fill out the application form in full including as much details as possible. The application form is available to download below.

Applications can be submitted electronically to artsfund@rehab.ie or by post to Visual and Performing Arts Fund, Rehab Group, Roslyn Park, Sandymount, Dublin 4, with a full CV.

When applying, please include samples of your work but where possible attach copies to the application form to protect the original art work.

The start date for your project must be clearly stated. Projects should not commence prior to the announcement of funding. Expenses incurred in advance of announcement will not be covered.

Applications will be considered as soon as possible after the closing date and all applicants will be notified.


Judging Process
As part of the process applicants may be required to provide further information or samples of work.

The adjudicating committee’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. Due the volume of application forms received, the Rehab Group cannot provide specific, individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants on their submitted application after the adjudication process has taken place. 

Applicants will be informed as swiftly as possible of the decision of the committee.

If you are successful
If you have been chosen to receive funding, you will be contacted as soon as possible after the adjudicating committee has made their decision.

You will receive a letter confirming that you have been successful.

You will then be asked to sign a contract of agreement.

More information
For further information email: artsfund@rehab.ie or call 01 2057 397.


Click here to download the Rehab Group Visual and Performing Arts Fund Guidelines and Application Form (PDF)