Rehab Launched the new €150,000 Visual and Performing Arts Fund for People with Disabilities and People with Mental Health Difficulties in January 2013
The Rehab Group's new Visual and Performing Arts Fund will provide €150,000 over the next five years to promote careers in the arts for people with disabilities and people with mental health difficulties.
Applications have been received from a wide range of people with disabilities working or studying in the arts who require financial support for the year 2013. The scheme was 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. The closing date for the first year of the Rehab Visual and Performing Arts Fund was Thursday, March 7th 2013.
Details of the Visual and Performing Arts Fund were announced by Rehab Group Chief Executive, Angela Kerins. “Rehab has a long history of both promoting the employment of people with disabilities and mental health difficulties and supporting arts which highlight the hugely important and thought-provoking input of people with disabilities. For example, Rehab supported the making of the Academy Award-winning "My Left Foot" which told the moving story of quadriplegic author Christy Brown. More recently, Rehab has committed €25,000 to fund the documentary "No Limbs No Limits", which will portray the life of 16-year-old Joanne O’Riordan, from Cork. Joanne has an extremely rare physical condition, Total Amelia Syndrome, meaning that she was born without all four limbs. In addition to these examples, Rehab also supports the development of creativity in people through FETAC level training programmes and a wide range of activities in areas such as drama productions, painting, sculpture, music, dance, writing and poetry.
"In this tough economic climate it is more important than ever to ensure that people with disabilities are helped to develop their skills and abilities and participate in economic and cultural life. This new Fund will support a number of people to progress their careers in the arts. An average of €30,000 will be available annually in this particular Fund for the next five years. We really want to get the message out there that this Fund is available for people who have a disability or a mental health difficulty who wish to develop their career in the arts. We want to give talented people a stepping stone to a successful career in their chosen area of the arts."
The Rehab Visual and Performing Arts Fund is open to people with disabilities who are 17 years and over and who wish to pursue a career in the arts. Applications will be judged on the basis of their originality and creativity, potential future development, and previous portfolio of work. Applications can be for a particular artistic idea or work, or can support an individual in undertaking a residency or pursuing studies in their chosen area.
Grants of between €1,000 and €10,000 per individual or project will be made available and funding can be used to match other funding sources already secured by applicants or to support other funding applications.
If you have any queries about an application that you have submitted, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
These are the details of the 2013 scheme which has now closed. Details of the 2014 scheme will be posted later in 2013.
The Rehab Group Visual and Performing Arts Fund aims to provide people with disabilities and people 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.
From 2013, up to €30,000 will be available annually for five years. 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.
The new Fund will enable 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
Rehab will make available up to €30,000 annually to be provided to artists with disabilities and mental health difficulties to support them in their artistic endeavours. Applications will be invited on an annual basis.
Applications will be invited from people with a disability either working or studying in the arts or wishing to commence a career or field of study, as follows:
The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday, 7th March 2013.
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 demonstrated in the application.
Please ensure that your application contains the following:
1. A statement of:
2. A document (no more than 2 A4 pages) outlining the project or field of study in the arts which you are pursuing or wish to pursue.
3. A full Curriculum Vitae, describing education, employment history and artistic projects undertaken to date.
4. Details of the total cost of the project or field of study, any other funding which has been applied for or already received or for which it is intended to apply.
As part of the process applicants may be required to provide further information or samples of work. Applications will be considered as soon as possible after the closing date. The adjudicating committee’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. Applicants will be informed as swiftly as possible of the decision of the committee.