New Visual and Performing Arts Fund for Disabled People

rehab_charityLeading international not-for-profit organisation, the Rehab Group yesterday (8 January 2013) announced details of its new Visual and Performing Arts Fund which will provide £120,000* (€150,000) over the next five years to promote careers in the arts for disabled people and people with mental health difficulties.

Applications are being sought from disabled people working or studying in the arts who require financial support for the year 2013. The scheme is open to people interested in a wide range of visual and performing arts – from painting, sculpture and graphic art to film and drama, music and dance.

The closing date for the first year of the Rehab Visual and Performing Arts Fund is Thursday, February 28th 2013.

Details of the Visual and Performing Arts Fund were announced yesterday by Rehab Group Chief Executive, Angela Kerins, who commented: “Rehab has a long history of both promoting the employment of disabled people and mental health difficulties and supporting arts which highlight the hugely important and thought-provoking input of disabled people. For example, Rehab supported the making of the Academy Award-winning “My Left Foot” which told the moving story of quadriplegic author Christy Brown. Rehab also supports the development of creativity in people through training programmes and a wide range of activities in areas such as drama productions, painting, sculpture, music, dance, writing and poetry.”

She added: “In this tough economic climate it is more important than ever to ensure that disabled people are helped to develop their skills and abilities and participate in economic and cultural life. This new Fund will support a number of people to progress their careers in the arts. An average of £24,000* will be available annually in this particular Fund for the next five years. We really want to get the message out there that this Fund is available for disabled people and people with a mental health difficulty who wish to develop their career in the arts. We want to give talented people a stepping stone to a successful career in their chosen area of the arts.”

The Rehab Visual and Performing Arts Fund is open to disabled people who are 17 years and over and who wish to pursue a career in the arts. Applications will be judged on the basis of their originality and creativity, potential future development, and previous portfolio of work. Applications can be for a particular artistic idea or work, or can support an individual in undertaking a residency or pursuing studies in their chosen area

Grants of between approximately £800* and £8,000* (equivalent to €1,000 and €10,000) per individual or project will be made available and funding can be used to match other funding sources already secured by applicants or to support other funding applications.

Applications can be submitted electronically to or by letter to Visual and Performing Arts Fund, Rehab Group, Roslyn Park, Sandymount, Dublin 4, with a full CV and a description of the artistic project or field of study for which funding is sought.

To see the full terms and conditions of the fund go to


*The total value of the fund at €150,000 is calculated in the euro currency which equates to an approximate sterling figure of £120,000, dependent on the prevailing euro/sterling exchange rate.


About Rehab Group

The Rehab Group is an international group of not-for-profit and commercial entities, which work towards a world where every person has the opportunity to achieve their potential. Through its divisions, over 3,800 staff members provide high-quality health and social care, training and education, and rehabilitation, employment and commercial services in Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, the Netherlands and Poland.

The people who currently use Rehab’s services include young people and adults with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities, people with mental health difficulties, people with autism and people with an acquired brain injury. A range of essential services is also provided to older people, carers and others who are marginalised. Every year, more than 65,000 people and their families benefit from the supports provided by Rehab in almost 250 locations. For more information see

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