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Arts and Disability Awards grants scheme

Artists with disability and deaf artists from Clare are being encouraged to take advantage of a cross-border grants scheme designed to nurture and develop their artistic talent.
The Arts and Disability Awards Ireland (ADAI) scheme is managed by the Belfast-based Arts and Disability Forum (ADF) on behalf of both arts councils. The deadline date for receipt of completed applications is June 19.
ADF chief executive Chris Ledger outlined the scheme is open to practitioners with all types of impairment, including unseen conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy and mental health conditions.
“Some artists have never regarded themselves as disabled and so aren’t sure if they qualify for an award. If people aren’t sure they are eligible, they are welcome to contact us for advice” she said.
The ADF offers appropriate support and guidance to all applicants during the application process and makes adjustment to allow for individual circumstance. For example, ADF is willing to accept applications in BSL or ISL if necessary and paperwork is available in Braille.
The ADF stresses that the scheme is very competitive and of 73 applications received last year, only 12 were funded. Applicants need to propose creative ideas that will make them stand out from other applicants; it is important to give evidence of talent by supplying quality examples of previously completed work.
Each individual artist can apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to help develop their work.  For more information on how to apply for funding, or get an opinion on the eligibility of your idea, contact the ADF on 02890239450 or email gillian@adf.ie.
To download an application form, criteria, FAQs and guidelines visit www.adf.ie.

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