2023 Strategic Projects

Award Scheme

Please complete the form linked below and upload the required supporting documentation to submit an application.

There are two funding streams available for the 2023 Strategic Projects Award Scheme:

A. New applicants and proposals

Under Stream A, support for new initiatives will be prioritised for those projects which add significant value to existing arts practice, experience and participation in Wicklow, and which support Wicklow County Council Art's Office's Strategic Goals.

B. Consolidation / development of strategic projects previously awarded under this scheme

Under Stream B, consideration will be given to repeat applications for existing Award recipients, from practitioners who wish to consolidate a project currently underway or to develop an area of practice previously awarded under the scheme. Previously supported work which qualifies under this scheme includes visual arts engagement, digital arts, arts in the public realm, arts and health, early years, and arts and disability.

The application form is to be used whether applying under Stream A or Stream B.

** If applying under Stream B (Consolidation of existing Projects), you must complete Section 2.4 of the Application Form.


The completed online application form with:

  • A full description of the project proposed or business plan or research plan
  • A full supporting budget outline should be completed on the budget template provided HERE for eligibility
  • Up to five supporting images or writings files to represent your idea
  • Supporting documents – artists / group / organization biographies or profiles
  • Any venue confirmations required
  • Letters of support
  • Other relevant supporting documents, images or materials which provide evidence of the track record of the applicant(s) e.g. links saved on a word document, reviews of work or relevant websites


To be successful under the Strategic Projects Award Scheme applications must demonstrate the following:

  • Distinctive nature and artistic merit of the proposal
  • Excellence of arts practice evidenced within the programme / proposal
  • Demonstrated track record of the artist (s) / group (s) proposed
  • Benefit of the award to the artist (s) / group (s) artistic development or profile
  • Feasibility of the proposal including evidence of advance planning / key framework elements
  • Financial Feasibility of the proposal (including evidence of secured other funding should project budget exceed €15,000.00)
  • Adherence to eligibility criteria (see below), the guidelines and, where relevant, Child Protection Policies


  • Projects focusing primarily on community rather than arts outcomes
  • For-profit or fundraising projects
  • Competitive initiatives
  • Deficits or start-up costs for new organizations
  • Entertainment expenses
  • Projects where the majority of activity takes place outside County Wicklow
  • Insurance costs
  • Capital improvements
  • Projects/programmes where the majority of costs relate to equipment hire/administrative costs


Applicants must apply through our online platform. We strongly recommend you test this process prior to the closing date so that if necessary we may provide technical support.

Make your subject line “Strategic Projects Award Scheme 2023 and indicate whether Stream A or Stream B”

* IF APPLYING UNDER STREAM B (Consolidation of Existing Projects), you must complete Section 2.4 on the Application Form.

E-mailed or posted Applications will not be accepted.

Late and / or incomplete applications will not be considered.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS - Tuesday 13th September 2022 at 4pm

Questions relating to the Award application process may be directed to: karan@ktcl.ie