126 Artist-Run Gallery is delighted to announce our new 126 Micro-Grants initiative in support of the arts and cultural community. The 126 Micro-Grant programme is designed to offer small, easily accessible grants to alleviate some of the financial stress artists are experiencing, during the current restrictions and uncertainty of opportunities. We have been inspired by the RHA Micro-Grant programme and other of its like. 126 as an artist-led organisation is committed to supporting our members and fellow artists now and this is part of our ongoing efforts.

126 invites artists who may just need a little help right now to apply for anything from €100 to €500. This can be for any purpose, such as paying a bill, support their studio or home rental or to purchase materials to continue to make artwork.

Please supply the following to contactg126@gmail.com :

  1. Full name
  2. Medium of practice
  3. Your financial request
  4. Reason for your application
  5. Proof of professional status (C.V. / Instagram / website)

Please read the information below prior to sending in your request.

Who May Apply

126 Micro-Grants are designed to give emergency financial support to professional visual artists living and working in Ireland. You may apply for support if you are aged 18 or older, have graduated from an accredited art school, are currently living in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland and are a professional artist.

A professional artist is defined as anyone who makes a wage from their art, has their work for sale in a recognised commercial gallery or has exhibited in at least 3 group or solo exhibitions in their career to date or one major exhibition.

Important Dates

  • Deadline: 12, Midnight, Monday, March 1st 2021
  • Notice to artist by March 5th, 2021
  • Payments will be made promptly thereafter.

Grant Review

The Micro-Grant review will be undertaken by The Board of Directors of 126 Artist-Run Gallery (126gallery.com/about-126-gallery/the-team). Submissions will be considered on professional merit, urgency and need. The Micro-Grants will be distributed to individuals at all stages of career location and situation.


If you would like to contribute to the funding of these Micro-Grants for artists, please get in touch with us. All donations to 126 this month will go towards The Micro-Grants exclusively and supporting artists now.

The total value of this fund is limited, and we can only offer a small number of grants for this round. These Micro-Grants have been created from a surplus of funding from programmes which have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Now more than ever it’s important we pull together as one big cultural community and support each other.