Resources for International and National Work in Theatre and the Performing Arts

This document was created by TheatreNI for the Off-Shore Investment Event as part of Young at Art’s Belfast Children’s Festival 2018. It is a very basic guide to the current funding resources available. This document will be regularly updated and we welcome any input in developing it:

Arts Council of Northern Ireland




1 The Sidings
Antrim Road
BT28 3AJ
T: +44 (28) 9262 3555

Scheme: Artists’ International Development Fund (Organisations) and Professional Arts Abroad

Closing Date: Not presently open for applications

Who is eligible?
Professional Arts Abroad
Professional arts organisations based in Northern Ireland, able to show both a credible track record of contributing to artistic activities here and a commitment to a continued artistic programme in Northern Ireland in the future.

Artists’ International Development Fund (Organisations)
Open to organisations in any artform; who have received recognition for their work in Northern Ireland; who do not have extensive international experience; whose work will benefit from launching better international networks – either artistically; or in terms of developing an audience for their work; and who can demonstrate an interest in their work from an overseas partner/host. This fund is provided in partnership with the British Council.

What are they eligible for?
Awards for arts organisations with experience in or proven potential for exhibition, performance or other artistic profiling in the international arena, to present their work outside the United Kingdom and Ireland. Tours which involve new work and existing work created by NI artists will be prioritised.


Scheme: Support for the Individual Artist Programme
Closing Date: Not currently open for application

Who is eligible?
Artists of all disciplines and in all types of working practice, who have made a contribution to artistic activities in Northern Ireland for a minimum period of one year within the last five years. In a limited number of cases, individual technical staff/administrators of professional artistic companies may also be eligible. Employees of statutory bodies, undergraduates and postgraduates are eligible to apply but they must prove that the funds which they are seeking are for work/costs which are not properly the concern of their employer and/or are not related to their academic study.

What are they eligible for?
Project assistance; Travel grants; Residencies (past residencies have included Rome and India). Awards include: General Arts Awards; Artists’ Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES);Major Individual Awards (MIA); Artists’International Development Fund;Self-arranged residencies; Mike Moloney Award; Anne O’Donoghue Award.


Scheme: Travel Awards
Closing Date: Not currently open. When open: applications must be received 4 weeks before the intended date of travel.

Who is eligible?
Individual artists and established music groups (up to four members)

What are they eligible for?
Travel from Northern Ireland to develop their skills and expertise. Applicants must provide evidence that they have been invited by a host organisation in the country to which they intend to travel.





Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme (in partnership with the Arts Council of

Ireland/Am Chomhaírle Ealaíon)
Closing Date: 3rd May 2018

Who is eligible?
Organisations and individuals who are residents in the ROI or NI. Applications which demonstrate collaboration / partnership between networks, consortia or other collective groupings of presenters are encouraged, particularly where these indicate a high degree of engagement with audiences and collaboration with the producing entity or artists. Initiatives that are of high artistic quality and that generally have a strong audience focus.

What are they eligible for?
Performing arts organisations in ROI and NI to extend tours across the border. Organisations can also apply for future planning (please note this year’s Future Planning deadline has passed):—advance-planning-2019/

Website: Arts Council of Northern Ireland or Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Culture Ireland


Third Floor, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin
2, D02 TD30
Tel: +353 1 631 3905, 3906, 3908

Scheme: Regular
Closing Date: 15th June 2018

Who is eligible?
Irish professional artists, arts organisations and international presenters; Theatre, circus and dance performances by professional companies; Film-makers presenting films at key international film festivals; Performances by professional or professionally-led musicians
and ensembles; Visual artists/galleries exhibiting at internationally recognised artfairs/galleries; Readings by writers/poets in English or Irish or otherwise at international literary festivals.

What are they eligible for?
Funding to present work by Irish artists at significant international venues and festivals including grant funding towards costs which relate directly to the international
presentation of the event, i.e
. travel and travel related costs such as transport,
accommodation and subsistence.


Scheme: See Here
Closing Date: Ongoing

Who is eligible?
Application must be in respect of an Irish professional artist/s or arts organisation and an art form defined under the Arts Act 2003. Only international events are supported (i.e.,outside the island of Ireland). The event must be accessible to an open public audience and fees must be payable to the artist/s or arts organisation Priority is given to cases where the invitee will see a range of work by Irish artists e.g. during a festival, or where a number of artists/companies agree to present their work to international promoters over a fixed period of time.

What are they eligible for?
Supports the inward travel of international promoters and programmers to see work in Ireland with a view to booking the work for their venue or festival Funding support is limited to travel and travel related costs.



British Council




British Council Customer Service UK
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
M1 6BB
T:+44 (0)161 957 7755

Scheme: Edinburgh Showcase
Closing Date: Open for 2019 applications from August 2018

Who is eligible?
Theatre and dance companies: The programme comprises new work that represents the very best of contemporary theatre and dance, reflecting the breadth and diversity of British performing arts.

What are they eligible for?
Since the British Council’s first Showcase in 1997 the event has given 350 theatre and dance companies the opportunity to tour overseas, building new relationships and opening up new markets for the UK’s performing arts. It is the single biggest opportunity for UK theatre companies to introduce their work to international promoters.


Scheme: UK-China Connections through Culture Grants
Closing Date: Four rounds – see the website link below.

Who is eligible?
The programme offers support, information, advice, networking opportunities and development grants to artists and arts organisations in China and the UK.

What are they eligible for?
Professional development grants
A limited number of small grants to enable artists or members of arts organisations to visit their counterparts in China or the UK for up to ten days, to develop projects, exchange skills or see others’ work. Grants are offered four times each year
Alumni Grants
A limited number of small grants for previous Connections through Culture alumni to access follow-up funding to initial visits – starting in April 2017. These grants are only available to alumni who received initial grants in the last 2 years, and are designed to be strategic grants to further facilitate collaboration and partnerships. Grants are offered four times each year, in line with the Professional Development Grant rounds.


Scheme: Affiliate Programme – Open Call
Closing Date: 31 July 2018

Who is eligible?
The British Council is encouraging organisations in the UK to suggest planned or existing projects with the potential to be part of the Season in Germany that; align with the themes of the season; contribute to the programme’s overall geographical spread within Germany; build on an established partnership with a German partner and/or promoter; have the ability to attract German target audiences; present high-quality contemporary UK culture; contribute to representation of the whole of the UK in Germany; contribute to a comprehensive representation of the diversity and richness of UK culture.

What are they eligible for?
Throughout 2018 the British Council will collaborate with a wide range of British and German partners to create a diverse programme that spans the arts, education, society, sport and science.



Creative Europe




The Clarence West Building
2 Clarence Street West,
T: +44 28 9026 6660
E: Info@Seupb.Eu

Scheme: Peace IV

Who is eligible?
Wide range of organisations including local authorities, public bodies, and voluntary and community sector organisations (subject to eligibility checks) in Northern Ireland and the border region of Ireland. The eligible areas can be seen on the SEUPB website here.

What are they eligible for?
PEACE IV supports peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the border region of Ireland. This cross-border cooperation programme, supports activity in four key areas: shared education projects; peer mentoring and local community youth initiatives; new shared services and spaces such as interventions for victims and survivors of the conflict and local sports, arts and culture projects that build mutual trust and understanding.


Scheme: Cooperation Projects
Closing Date: There is an annual deadline for both categories.

Who is eligible?
Creative, cultural and heritage organisations working across any art form, such as visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, performance, music, heritage, architecture, design, circus, festivals, craft and fashion. This includes higher education institutions, local authorities, social enterprises, charities and companies operating in the cultural and creative sectors. The applicants (the project leader and the partners) must be active in the cultural and creative sectors and be legally established in one of the countries participating in the Culture subprogramme of Creative Europe. Both the project leader and partners must be in a position to demonstrate their existence as a legal entity at the deadline for submission. Only the lead organisation needs to have been legally established for two years prior to the deadline.

What are they eligible for?
This funding opportunity supports the delivery of cultural and creative transnational
cooperation projects across any art form for a maximum duration of four years. Two
categories are available under this annual funding strand:
Category 1: Small Cooperation Projects
Apply as a partnership of a minimum of 3 partner organisations from 3 different eligible
countries; You can apply for a grant of up to €200,000; You can apply for up to 60% of the
total project budget. Match funding is required.
Category 2: Large Cooperation Projects
Apply as a partnership of a minimum of 6 partners from 6 different eligible countries; You
can apply for a grant of up to €2 million; You can apply for up to 50% of the total project
budget. Match funding is required.


European Cultural Foundation




Jan van Goyenkade 5
1075 HN Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel.: +31 (0)20 573 38 68

Scheme: STEP Travel Grant
Closing Date: The application must be submitted a minimum of 60 days prior to the departure date.

Who is eligible?
You must be: based/active in one of the eligible countries- which includes UK and Ireland; be 18+ years old at the time of the travel; collaborating with the partner organisation for the first time; not currently in any other contractual agreement with ECF. Applicants should have (at least) one committed partner organisation in the destination country that; is from the independent cultural, or social sector (but working with culture); is committed to engaging in reciprocal knowledge exchange and equal partnership with the applicant.

What are they eligible for?
STEP travel grants support creative and critical cultural workers travelling across Europe and its neighbours, to help foster a society with greater solidarity, equality and a stronger sense of social justice.


Dublin Theatre Festival





Festival House
12 Essex Street East
Temple Bar
Dublin 2
T: +353 1 677 8439

Scheme: The Next StAGE

Who is eligible?
The programme is open to national and international theatre and dance practitioners.

What are they eligible for?
Over 18 immersive days participants are exposed to world-class art, talks with renowned
directors, producers and artists, and master-classes and workshops led by leading theatremakers. Past speakers and workshop leaders include Anne Bogart, Garry Hynes, Ruth Little, Stephen Rea, Enda Walsh and Deborah Warner. The Next Stage also creates valuable opportunities for enriching engagement among participants, with past programmes sparking successful artistic collaborations





Fishamble: The New Play Company
3 Great Denmark Street
Dublin 1, Ireland
D01 NV63
T:353 (0)1 670 4018

Scheme: Show in a Bag

Closing Date: Usually February (Annually)

Who is eligible?
Ireland-based artists of all genders, nationalities, races, cultural backgrounds, ages,
religions, languages, different abilities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses or
geographic regions. The project is aimed at professional, working actors, either solo or
in pairs, who want to engage with new writing and have the energy and drive to put
together and promote a production that will then be theirs to perform and tour.

What are they eligible for?
Selected actors, or pairs of actors, will create and perform their own production in
Bewley’s Cafe Theatre as part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2018. Created with support from
playwright/ dramaturg Gavin Kostick to your specifications and performed by you, this is
a chance to have your very own tourable show. Irish Theatre Institute will be working to
make sure the national venue and festival presenters most suited to presenting your
show will see it and meet you at the annual Irish Theatre Institute Information Toolbox
networking event.






Flood St, Galway
T:353 91 568660

Scheme: Marie Mullen Bursary

Closing Date: Annual deadline (March in 2018)

Who is eligible?
Female theatre artists working in Ireland in the fields of design, directing and dramaturgy.

What are they eligible for?
A minimum 4 week residency as Associate Artist with Druid on a company production; One to one session with Marie Mullen on working in the theatre industry; Mentoring opportunities with theatre professionals; For directors/dramaturgs: a contract to direct/dramaturg a Druid Debut; Opportunity to engage with the Druid Ensemble in relation to a specific project; Opportunity to attend FUEL and Druid Academy workshops and events; A bursary award of €2,000







Cathedral Quarter Managed
Third Floor
109 – 113 Royal Avenue
Belfast, BT1 1FF
T:028 90311 806

TheatreNI provides support to members who are looking to identify funding sources for their work. You can email us or call us with your questions! Please note: all TheatreNI bursaries are funding dependent.

IETM Bursaries
IETM – International network for contemporary performing arts – is a network of over 500 performing arts organisations and individual members working in the contemporary performing arts worldwide: theatre, dance, circus, interdisciplinary live art forms, new media. IETM holds two plenary meetings a year in different European cities, and smaller meetings all over the world. Besides, we commission publications and research projects, facilitate communication and distribution of information, and advocate for the value of performing


Interchange Bursaries
Bursaries for NI practitioners to attend Scotland’s training event for those who use drama and theatre in their work with young people. Interchange will return in 2019 as it becomes a biennial event.


‘Go-See’ Bursaries
Bursaries to help practitioners attend performances outside of NI in order to help inform their practice in NI – including the Dublin Theatre Festival.


Divadlo Archa
Bursaries for NI practitioners to attend a theatre-making residency in Prague – Archa is a centre for contemporary stage art, without regard to barriers of genre. Archa acts as a production house, where contemporary art is created and presented. It is a place for
international confrontation of stage art, where different cultures meet. Archa creates projects both independently and in collaboration with like-minded organisations in Czech Republic and abroad.


Tourbook helps performers in dance, theatre, music, comedy and more connect with promoters and venues. It is the place to showcase work, discover new acts, find venues and audiences you never knew existed and make new connection in places near and far
Tourbook support for Ireland and Northern Ireland has been made possible by TheatreNI and Theatre Forum, funded by the and the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhaírle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.


Other Resources

IETM Fund Finder
Discover the updated version of the Fund-finder, a valuable guide to online information platforms which may help you to find funding opportunities for your current or future projects and initiatives with European or international dimensions. Originally published in
2015, the Fund-finder has just been updated with fresh links and recent examples.


On the Move
Aims to facilitate cross-border mobility in the arts and culture sector, contributing to the building of a vibrant European shared cultural space that is strongly connected with the rest of the world. Born as a website, it has evolved into a dynamic network which now includes 40+ member organisations in Europe and internationally.


The Culture Diary
The Culture Diary is a free worldwide calendar of UK culture including private, media, industry and public events all uploaded by over 4,000 UK organisations covering every art form. The Culture Diary also allows members to connect with other arts organisations and develop partnerships to support major campaigns and international exchanges.


Caravan: International Touring Guide
This guide will be useful for any individual, touring company, festival or producing venue who may be interested in investigating the potential in working internationally. For those with experience of working internationally, the guide can offer a one-stop-shop for information and top tips, giving you a handy point of reference in an accessible format.