ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts

Merrion Square, Dublin, Tuesday 13th July: Pat O'Doherty, Chief Executive ESB with his granddaughter Eve (2) and Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, painting a sustainable future with a 3D artwork by artist Mark Cronin at the announcement of ESB's Brighter Future Arts Fund. Photo: Conor McCabe

Merrion Square, Dublin, Tuesday 13th July: Pat O'Doherty, Chief Executive ESB with his granddaughter Eve (2) and Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, painting a sustainable future with a 3D artwork by artist Mark Cronin at the announcement of ESB's Brighter Future Arts Fund. Photo: Conor McCabe.

The ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund is an all-island Arts Fund which aligns with ESB’s ‘Brighter Future’ purpose by promoting environmental sustainability in diverse and ambitious ways. It will support the Irish arts community by funding or commissioning artists / groups of artists or arts organisations to create new work during a period of unprecedented change.

Through this open call, ESB is seeking to fund new artworks / arts projects which respond to the question ‘what does a Brighter Future look like?’, engaging the public in a vision for Ireland that is hopeful and inspiring. Individuals and communities have a critical role to play in the transition to a low carbon energy system, by changing their behaviours, embracing new technologies, and helping to determine the pace and scale of change. Engagement with the arts can inspire communities and help people to see the world differently.

Through this open call, ESB wants to support creative ideas to engage the public in a positive way around the energy transition, look towards a Brighter Future, consider the steps necessary to get there and the importance of this in tackling climate change. Artists / arts groups are encouraged to work in partnership with other arts, community, environmental, technological, or heritage/architectural organisations on the development and realisation of their projects. These artworks / arts projects can be in any artform (e.g. visual arts, spoken word, music, theatre, etc.) and must take place on the island of Ireland. Successful artworks / arts projects should be realised between March 2022 – December 2023.

Themes or Interests

What does a Brighter Future look like?

A low-carbon future

Best-practice in environmental sustainability

Addressing environmental issues and sustainable development goals

Enhancing participation of communities and audiences in the environment

Active partnership between artists and partner organisations

 

Size of Grants

Grants may be requested in the range of €20,000 – €40,000 (or STG equivalent). The total amount available through the ESB Brighter Future Arts Fund open call strand is €120,000 – €140,000. This means we expect between 4 and 6 artworks / arts projects to be funded.

Applications with larger budgets that have secured funds elsewhere are encouraged to apply

Applications with larger budgets must demonstrate proof of other funding secured and disclose the relevant funding source

Applications can be for 100% of the budget required

 

Key Dates

Tue, 13 July, 2021: Open for applications

Tue, 20 July, 2021: Webinar 1: General Overview & How to Apply – watch back here

Thurs, 22 July, 2021: Webinar 2: Audience, Budget, & Evaluation – watch back here

Wed, 8 September, 2021, 5:00pm: Deadline for applications

Before 31 Oct, 2021: Applicants informed by email

March 1 2022 — December 31 2023: Artwork / Arts Project Realisation

 

Key Documents

Briefing Document

Application Questions (for reference only)

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How to apply

1. Visit businesstoarts.ie/artsfund/esb/

2. Review the eligibility requirements to ensure the suitability of your application

3. Click ‘Enter Here’

4. Register your details with our application system (please ensure you click the link in your verification email. You will not be able to start your entry until you do this.)

5. Complete your application

6. Ensure you submit your application before 5:00pm on Wednesday 8th, 2021

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Support

Should you require assistance, please consult the FAQs available here or watch one of our information webinars:

Tue, 20 July, 2021: Webinar 1: General Overview & How to Apply – watch back here

Thurs, 22 July, 2021: Webinar 2: Audience, Budget, & Evaluation – watch back here

If you have any technical difficulties with your application, please contact The Fund team by email on brighterfutureartsfund@businesstoarts.ie or call +353 1 662 9238 and they will be able to assist you.

 

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