The competition is now Closed.

Thomas Dammann Application Eligibility & Conditions

The purpose of the competition is to provide students registered at Irish (including Northern Ireland) educational institutions, and practitioners of the visual arts and design, with financial assistance to complete a project in the area of visual culture, visual arts and/or design, which, in the opinion of the Trustees is interesting, novel, important and/or will contribute significantly to the applicant's intellectual and personal development.

The Trustees will not consider applications for funding for conference attendances, or courses. The closing date for applications is Friday 9th March 2018 at 1800 hrs GMT. The Trust will endeavour to notify successful applicants by the end of April 2018. If applicants have not heard from the Trust, they must assume that they were unsuccessful. Payments will be sent to the winning applicants by or before June 2018.

The decision of the Trustees is final and no correspondence shall be entered into.


  1. The Trustees may at their discretion make one or more award in every year, or may make no award where the applications are in their opinion of insufficient merit.
  2. Student applicants must be registered at an Irish (Northern or Southern) university, college or other third level educational institution. Students registered at third level institutions outside Ireland, even if formerly registered at Irish universities, are NOT eligible to apply.
  3. All applications must be made exclusively by website application form. Each applicant may make only one application for each competition. The application form must be completed in full.
  4. The Trustees will not generally entertain group applications for e.g. class projects.
  5. The Trustees do not accept applications or references by post or by email: only those made through the website will be considered: see FAQs for details.
  6. In addition to new applicants, the Trust will also accept applications from those who applied to the Trust in previous years.
  7. Applications (and this includes references) will not be accepted after 18.00 hrs GMT on Friday 9th March 2018.
  8. It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain prior permission to nominate a person as referee. The applicant has to provide all required details of the proposed referee including a correct and appropriate email address. On receipt of the completed application, an automatically generated email containing a webform link is sent to the email address provided by the applicant for his or her referee. This email asks the referee to submit a reference by completing and submitting the webform. It is the applicant’s responsibility to liaise with the referee and ensure that the reference is received on or before the closing date and time. If for some reason, the referee has not received the automatically generated email from the Trust, it is the applicant’s responsibility to notify the Trust of this by use of the “contact us” section of the email, or in emergencies, contact the helpline. The Trust will not consider applications where the application and/or the reference arrives after the closing date and time of the competition.
  9. As indicated on the application form, applicants must state clearly the total foreseeable costs of the project in euro, the amount being sought from the Trust and where relevant, details of applications made elsewhere for financial support for the project.
  10. The Trustees will not consider applications involving requests for support for, or paying fees for courses, or attending conferences. The Trust does not make awards for rental of studios, purchase of materials or equipment, or costs of work placement.
  11. The Trustees may at their discretion consider funding either projects in their entirety costing up to €5,000 or partly funding projects costing more. Where the project costs are in excess of €5,000, applicants must state to which body or person they have made formal application for the additional funds.
  12. The Trust will endeavour to notify successful applicants by the end of April 2018.
  13. Each successful applicant must submit a 400 word report on the project carried out on or before 14th October 2018. This will define what the applicant considers to be the benefits the applicant has gained from completing the project, the project’s contribution to knowledge or state of the art, the research findings, where relevant, where the research is to be published/exhibited, or otherwise taken further. Where the project is, for example, paintings, photographs, videos or designs, the report will describe the project’s process, the benefits the applicant has gained from completing the project, the project’s contribution to the state of the art, where the project is to be published/exhibited, or otherwise taken further, and particulars of any reviews, comments etc..
  14. If it becomes impossible to undertake the project within the stated time, the award money must be returned to the Trust and a new application submitted in the following year.
  15. Canvassing by or on behalf of an applicant will disqualify the applicant.
  16. The award must not, under any circumstances, be used for anything other than the purpose for which it has been given.
  17. Candidates who may or will secure additional funding from a source other than the Trust must specify in their application to the Trust, the source, amount and purpose of such extra funding. For example, if a student candidate is eligible to apply for a travel grant from his/her institution and has or will apply for this, the source, amount and purpose of the proposed grant must be specifically mentioned in the candidate’s application to the Trust.