Arts Grants

Ards and North Down Borough Council Arts funding streams.

If you are a community group, special interest group, charitable organisation, an individual artist or a young artist, don’t miss out on this opportunity to access funding for arts-related activities and projects.


Arts Project Grant

Available to arts, community and special interest groups throughout the Ards and North Down Borough area who wish to enhance existing, and undertake new community arts activities. 

A maximum grant of £1,000 is available. 


Individual Artist Grant

Professional artists working and living in the Borough may apply through the Artistic Development Scheme for support towards training costs and artistic residencies.

A maximum grant of £250 is available. 


Youth Arts Training Grant

Available to young people living in the Borough who wish to undertake short term or one-off youth arts training or development opportunities. 

A maximum bursary of £250 is available. 



The Council is also pleased to offer two Arts Bursaries; the Ballinglen Arts Foundation Bursary, which is a two-week residency in Ballycastle, County Mayo. The residency is aimed at visual artists and craft makers providing them with time to develop their artistic practice. The Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary is a one-week residency for practitioners in all art forms who are based in the Borough. The aim of the bursary is to assist and encourage both established and emerging practitioners.

Both bursaries are currently open for applications. Application deadline is Friday 10 February 2023, at 11:59pm (sharp)

Guidance notes for both bursaries can be downloaded below.

To access the online application forms, please click on the below links:

Ballinglen Arts Foundation:

Tyrone Guthrie Centre:

For further information on Arts funding, please email: