Feature Article
Welcome to the July edition of our Newsletter
News this month
Equality Data and Arts Council Awards 2021
RAISE Phase 4: A message from Martin O’Sullivan, Deputy Director of the Arts Council
Leaving Certificate Drama, Theatre and Film Studies Development Group
Grants and Awards
Circus, Street Art and Spectacle Project Award
Arts Council announces details and deadline of 2023 Visual Arts Workspace Scheme
Forthcoming Arts Council film awards
International Arts
The Heaney-Miłosz Residency – Call for Applications
RAISE Phase 4: A message from Martin O’Sullivan, Deputy Director of the Arts Council

As the development agency for the arts in Ireland, the Arts Council is committed to securing additional public investment in the arts. The Arts Council also believes that philanthropy and private investment, in tandem with government support, has a key role to play in promoting Ireland’s vibrant arts and cultural sector. It is this amalgam of public, private and corporate investment that is needed to ensure the sustainability, growth and impact of the arts sector into the future.

In recent years, and particularly in the context of Covid, it is clear that there is a growing public understanding of the value that arts and culture provides to Irish society, as evidenced by the Arts Council being allocated €130m in Department funding for 2022. This significant investment has enabled the Arts Council to support and sustain artists and arts organisations and has also enabled the Council to invest further in initiatives such as the RAISE programme, which actively encourages organisations to diversify their income through the creation of meaningful philanthropic, corporate and public engagement programmes.

As Deputy Director of the Arts Council, I am delighted to announce that the Arts Council has approved the launch of RAISE Phase 4, the developmental Arts Council programme focused on growing private investment in the arts in Ireland. The RAISE programme supports strategic and arts centre funded organisations to augment their regular funding, by building capacity to generate significant new private and philanthropic investment.

In addition to continuing its focus on supporting arts organisations under the Academy, Accelerate, Advance cohorts, the RAISE Programme is committed to supporting more organisations via its RAISE Up Fund. RAISE Phase 4 will focus on assisting organisations navigate the post-Covid environment, retain the benefits of the pandemic experiences while transitioning to a hybrid model of engagement and helping to further develop a “Culture for Giving” to the arts.

RAISE Phase 4 will continue to be delivered by our delivery partner OKC, through a phased role out in 2022.

  • RAISE Accelerate – Applications now closed
  • RAISE Academy – Applications open 25 July 2022
  • RAISE Advance – Closed Call for select organisations opens 25 July 2022
  • RAISE Up Fund – Applications open 29 August 2022

If you are eligible to participate in RAISE, I warmly encourage you to apply, viewing it as another route to developing your arts organisation – to learn new skills, build capacity, deepen board engagement, and secure additional sources of revenue to broaden your income base.


Kind regards,


Martin O’Sullivan, Deputy Director