Arts Fund for Ireland

'Dublin Ships' by Cliona Harmey commissioned by Dublin City Council, supported by Dublin Port Company

'Dublin Ships' by Cliona Harmey commissioned by Dublin City Council with the support of Dublin Port Company

Why an Arts Fund for Ireland is Needed?

The need to establish new sources of funding for arts and culture in Ireland is critical as a result of reduced public sector subsidy and the fact that there are no private grant-making foundations in Ireland specifically supporting arts and culture on an annual basis.

To address this challenge and in the build-up to our 30th anniversary in 2018, Business to Arts are seeking to develop a series of geographically-specific funds which will aim to enhance and grow the practice and appreciation of quality arts experiences in each area . The concept of a geographically-specific fund (eg. city, county or province-based) is that they allow donors to set up and maintain an ongoing fund specific to their area which will allow for a long-term supply of funding support to projects.

The Docklands Arts Fund is our pilot project. This Fund will foster partnerships between businesses, artists, residents and other agencies to support ongoing investment in their area through securing financial and other resources for artists, audiences and the enrichment of the Docklands area.

This pilot project will identify the potential for Arts Funds to provide a mechanism for the ongoing support of arts and cultural causes that people care about. With investment from businesses, organisations, individuals and employees we hope to establish the model for a permanent, efficient and accountable grant-making fund which will provide a source of financial support to benefit the arts and cultural sector for generations to come.

To do this we need your support to get the Docklands Arts Fund and other pilot Funds started. If you are interested in finding out how your involvement and financial support will impact the arts sector, please contact us:


Andrew Hetherington

or : Eileen Hanratty (Docklands Arts Fund)


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