Arts Council Travel and Training Award

Maximum Award: €3,000.00

Funding is available for travel in 2019 in Architecture, Arts Participation, Circus, Dance, Festivals, Film, Literature, Music, Opera, Street Arts and Spectacle, Theatre, Traditional Arts, Venues, Visual Arts and Young People, Children and Education (YPCE).  Travel and Training (for travel in 2019) is now open for applications. Please refer to Travel and Training 2019 guidelines for details and ensure that you choose this option in Online Services.  

 Please note: maximum amount awarded differs between artforms. You must refer to the guidelines specific to your artform to confirm the limited amount before submitting your application.

If you require further information please contact the relevant artform/arts practice assistant. Contact details are available on the Arts Council staff contact and adviser list.


There are no formal deadlines for the Travel and Training Award. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis while there is an available budget within the relevant artform or arts practice area. Applicants seeking support for all eligible opportunities, including formal courses (postgraduate or equivalent), must submit their application at least four weeks before their proposed date of travel. The Arts Council cannot assess applications received less than four weeks before the proposed date of travel. Applicants seeking support under the Creative Europe (Culture Sub-programme) strand must submit their application at least four weeks before the partner meeting.

Objectives and priorities of award

The Travel and Training Award has three main strands with different objectives and priorities. These are described in turn.

Travel and training outbound

The objective of the travel and training outbound award is to support individuals who wish to avail of training and other professional development opportunities abroad (outside the Island of Ireland). This strand accounts for the greater part of the funding available. The priority here is the development of the individual’s own arts practice, including: participation in once-off training opportunities, specialist courses or masterclasses. Other professional development opportunities such as short-term research projects, residencies, participation in workshops, internships (not including visual arts), mentoring programmes, attendance at conferences/seminars, and so on.The award will support formal postgraduate training only where the selected course is of a type and/or at a level not available in Ireland (artform variations may apply). Applicants must provide evidence that this is the case.

Travel and training inbound

The objective of travel and training inbound is to support individuals or organisations who wish to invite specialists from abroad (outside the Island of Ireland) to deliver high-level training or mentoring for the professional development of artists and others working professionally in the arts in Ireland. Where an individual or organisation wishes to bring in such specialists from abroad, the host individual or organisation may apply for the cost of travel and accommodation for the international guest(s). Payment will be made after the visit and only upon submission of receipts. Applicants must state whom they wish to invite and provide details of the training or mentoring to be provided.

Creative Europe (Culture Sub-programme) Travel Award

The Creative Europe (Culture Sub-programme) Travel Award only supports applications from arts organisations in the Republic of Ireland planning to submit proposals for EU funding under the Creative Europe (Culture Sub-programme) 2014–2020. The award is intended to cover some of the costs associated with face-to-face meetings with partner organisations in Europe, and will not support training costs or courses. Organisations may make only one application under this award per project application to the Creative Europe (Culture Sub-programme). 

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have identified the required number of transnational partners and are at an advanced stage in developing an application to the Creative Europe (Culture Sub-programme). They must provide details of their proposed project and their key partners. They will also need to demonstrate their current level of engagement with the proposed partners. It is likely that funding offered under the Creative Europe (Culture Sub-programme) will not exceed €2,000, and in most cases will be less than that. Applications that can demonstrate organisational commitment will be prioritised. 

Film projects are not eligible for support under the Creative Europe (Culture Sub-programme) Travel Award.

See full application details here