The Arts and Disability Connect scheme is designed to support individual artists with disabilities to be ambitious, to develop their practice and to connect with arts organisations and arts professionals in Ireland.

It offers artists an opportunity to; make a change in their practice; ‘step up’ in terms of scope and scale; engage in new learning experiences; develop new working relationships; buy time to research and develop work; to make and present new work to audiences.

Artists can apply for 4 different awards: New Work €15,000, Research and Development €5,000, Mentoring €3,000 and Training €1,000.

Deadline is Monday 18 October 2021 at 4pm.

Application forms, guidelines, Easy Read information and FAQ’s for round two 2021 can be downloaded from our website:

Information sessions
Arts and Disability Connect information session: Research and Development with artist Diane Crotty.
Friday 24 September 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Click here to register for Research and Development with Diane Crotty

Arts and Disability Connect information session: Come Ask Questions with Amie Lawless.
Friday 01 October 11:00am – 12:00pm
Click here to register for Come Ask Questions

Recordings of previous information sessions about the scheme are all available at

Applicant support
Artists and people supporting them to apply can book in applicant support up until Thursday 14 October. This is for up to one hour of support either on the phone, Zoom or by email. During this time we could review a draft application and give feedback. Bookings will be available for Tuesday mornings 10am, 11am and 12pm and Thursday afternoons 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.
Click here to book applicant support

The Arts and Disability Connect scheme is funded by The Arts Council and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland.