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Funding opportunities in the area of Young People, Children and Education (YPCE) | The Arts Council



The Arts Council is delighted to share details of funding opportunities in the area of Young People, Children and Education (YPCE). These include Commissions, the Young Ensembles Scheme, a new Arts in Early Learning and Care/School-Age Childcare Pilot and YPCE Residencies.

As always please get in touch with the YPCE team as early as possible if you have any questions. We can be reached at ypce@artscouncil.ie  

 

The deadline For YPCE Commissions is Thursday 23 February at 5.30pm 

The purpose of the Commissions Award is to enable the commissioning of new work from freelance artists. In the area of YPCE, the award can for example support an organisation that works with young people – e.g. school, hospital, youth work, early learning, or other education setting – to commission an artist to create ambitious new work with and for the children and young people in that setting. The award can also support an arts organisation to commission work for young people from artists they have not previously commissioned. This could include commissioning work from young and emerging artists; artists from communities that have been under-represented in the organisation’s work to date; and/or artists working in a way that is new to the organisation’s work. 

The maximum amount that may be awarded to each successful applicant is: €15,000 

Further details available here.

Young Ensembles Scheme  

The deadline for the Young Ensembles Scheme is Thursday 02 March at 5:30pm. The primary purpose of the Young Ensembles Scheme is to support groups of young people between the ages of ten and twenty-four to create or actively engage with ambitious and original work together in any artform. Groups/ensembles must be made up of three or more members. 

The Young Ensembles Scheme has two strands. You should choose the strand that is most suitable for your ensemble and for your proposal. You may only apply to one strand. The maximum award under Strand 1 is €10,000 and the maximum under Strand 2 is €25,000. 

For further details about both strands and to read the full guidelines please see here

Arts in Early Learning and Care/School-Age Childcare – Pilot 

The Arts Council is partnering with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability and Youth (DCEDIY) to pilot an Arts in Early learning & Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) scheme. The pilot will be overseen by a steering group made up of representatives from the DCEDIY Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare Division, the Department of Education Early Years Inspectorate, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media (DTCAGSM), and the Arts Council. 

The pilot aims to support professional artists and arts organisations to work with Early Learning & Care (ELC)/ School Age Childcare (SAC) settings, and will incorporate the exploration and development of Draft Principles for Engaging with the Arts in Early Learning and Care recently published by the DCEDIY. It aims to include children aged 0-3, 4-6 and 7+ across a variety of settings in different parts of the country. It is anticipated that a total of eight settings, and up to four artists/arts organisations will participate in the pilot.  

The Arts Council is inviting applications from experienced artists and arts organisations to participate in the pilot scheme. Selected artists and arts organisations will receive funding to work with a minimum of two relevant settings, and to form part of a research group that will inform the development of policy and resources in this area. Artists and arts organisations must have a track record of delivering high quality arts in early learning and care. 

The Call for Applications is available here. The deadline for applications is Thursday 2 March at 5:30pm.

Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme  

The Artist and Youth Work Residency scheme is designed to promote innovative partnerships between youth groups, artists and arts organisations. A residency may take the form of an artist in residence in a youth work setting and/or a youth group in residence in an arts setting. 

This scheme is managed by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) on behalf of the Arts Council and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. Please note that the award may be subject to different conditions and criteria than awards directly administered by the Arts Council. Requests for information or application forms should be directed to the National Youth Arts Programme at NYCI. The closing date is Friday, March 31st at 12pm. Further information is available here.

The scheme is open to higher-education institutions that provide initial teacher education and/or a course leading to a level-7 or 8 degree in early childhood education and care. Host institutions must apply in partnership with an artist or arts organisation.    

The application window opens on 07th March, with the closing date Thursday, 06th April at 5:30pm.   

The maximum amount that may be awarded to each successful application is €20,000.  

YPCE Residencies support artists or arts organisations to spend an academic year in residence in a higher-education institution in Ireland that provides initial teacher education (primary, post-primary or further education) and/or a recognised qualification in early childhood education and care.  Further details full guidelines are available here

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