Artists in Laois will now be able to apply for grants from the Arts Office in Laois County Council.
Grants will be made to arts organisations and individuals who meet the artistic and financial conditions set down by the council. Grants may be allocated to cover general admin costs but will also be for specific events or activities which will contribute to cultural life in Laois.
There are a number of arts areas in which money will be available, including literature, visual arts classes, music, traditional music and dance, drama, dance, film and electronic media, community arts, festivals and individual activities.
Past recipients of the grants include a number of well established and emerging artists and groups from around the county. Among these are The Heath Ladies Art Group, Cuisle Centre Cancer Support, St Joseph’s Mountmellick Embriodery Group, Social Service Council Borris in Ossary, Portlaoise Musical Society, Portlaoise Literary Studies Group, Portlaoise Camera Club, Portarlington Youth Club, Laois Federation ICA Choir, Sarah Delany, Maeve Collins, Pat Byrne, Aisling Conroy, Gemma Guihan, Robert Stack and karen Hendy to name a few. The closing date is Thursday February 20 at 5pm.