Individual Artist Grant

Professional Artists working and living in the Borough may apply through the Individual Artist Grant for support towards training costs and artistic residencies to enhance professional development across all artforms. 

Applications for 2024/25 are now CLOSED


Who can apply?

Professionally practicing artists in any art form (including; visual art, applied art, craft, multimedia, music, dance, drama, literature, etc) resident in the borough of Ards and North Down.

What is available?

A maximum grant of £250 is available.

Application Deadline:

Monday 26 February 2024, 11:59pm 

(For activity taking place between 1 April 2024 - 31 March 2025)

What type of Course / Training or Residency* is suitable?


  • that improve technical skills which relate to the artist’s professional art practice
  • that improve the artist’s ability to manage their professional art practice
  • that develop new skills which support the artist’s professional art practice

*Please Note: If the opportunity that you are applying to is an artist's residency, please be advised that we have an Arts Residency Bursary Programme to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, and the John Hewitt Summer School. If you wish to apply to any of the residencies listed, please apply through Ards and North Down Borough Council's Arts Bursary Programme** (linked below) as your application will not be considered through the Individual Artist funding stream. Please note the earlier deadline of 22 January 2024.

**Arts Bursary Programme:

How do I apply?

Please read the full Individual Artist Grant Criteria document before completing your application.

Application to the Individual Artist Grant is by an online application form. Please see above for the deadline to apply.

*Applications for 2024/25 are now CLOSED*

Email: for more information.

Please download Individual Artist Grant Guidance Notes here:

Applications are now CLOSED for 2024/25

Further Information

If you require further information, or require assistance with your application form, please contact Ards Arts Centre at: 

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