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Pavilion Theatre Patron Donation Award 2020

13 December 2019
Pavilion Theatre Patron Donation Award 2020
Pavilion Theatre is delighted to announce its Patron Donation Award 2020 for artists, companies and producers in theatre, music and dance. In addition, this year the awards are open - for the first time - to venues and festivals. 


Since 2015 Pavilion Theatre has supported artists and companies across the performing arts in a variety of ways including mentorship programmes, short-term residencies in Pavilion Theatre’s first floor Gallery space, a wider range of co-commissions, co-productions and the Patron Donation Award for artists, companies and producers in theatre, music and dance.
Recipients of previous awards include Livin' Dred, Landmark, Replay Theatre Company, Bombinate Theatre, Branar Theatre Company, Rory Nolan/Sarah Cregan,Kellie Hughes, Sonya Kelly, Anna Newell, Christian O'Reilly, Janet Moran, Una McKevitt, Lords of Strut, and to name a few. 
The purpose of the Patron Donation Award is to support applicants to research, develop and complete projects which are original and ambitious and which, at the same time, demonstrate relevance to Pavilion Theatre’s audiences and venue capacity (midscale, 324-seater theatre).

Conditions of funding for Patron Donation Award 2020

This award is made possible by the generous private donations of Pavilion Theatre’s loyal patrons. For 2020 Pavilion Theatre is matching these donations and it is likely the total fund available will be €65,000. Maximum amount granted will be €7,500.
Artists, companies, producers, venues and festivals are invited to submit an application, which is available here and below.
  • Previous successful applicants are eligible to apply.
  • Applications are open to anyone resident in both the Republic and Northern Ireland.
  • A maximum of two applications can be made by an applicant.
Proposals will be assessed by an expert panel according to the criteria published below and applications will be shared with all panellists. The panel will make recommendations and their decision will be final; it will be made in a competitive context of limited resources.  Pavilion Theatre will not be in a position to enter into correspondence with applicants or offer feedback at any stage of the process.
Conditions will apply to funding offers including:
  • a contractual engagement with Pavilion Theatre
  • one-to-one meeting and updates with Pavilion Theatre in support of the development of the project
  • appropriate acknowledgment of Pavilion Theatre’s support and investment in any work supported, co-produced, co-commissioned or presented
  • a report of work in progress supported by the award supported by the award will be required
Funding will be drawn down in three tranches, the first on formal acceptance of the award/start of the project, the second midway through the project and the final on completion of project. A small percentage of the funding will be withheld until a deal is in place to present the work at Pavilion Theatre. Pavilion Theatre reserves the right to withhold the final payment should the conditions not be met.  

Key dates

13 December 2019                    Announcement of Open Call
30 January 2020                        Closing dates for applications
Wk of 10 February 2020           Formal offers announced


Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:
  • Eligibility of Application – the application form is completed in appropriate detail and is submitted on time; that the proposal meets the aims of the Patron Donation Award including support of ambitious and original projects that can be brought to completion within 12-18 months and which are audience focused.
  • Quality and Nature of Proposal – the excellence and originality of the project or piece of work being proposed in terms of theme or idea and/or in terms of formal approach, and its congruence with the kind of work that might be presented in or promoted by Pavilion Theatre on its own or in partnership with other venues, festivals or funding bodies. Pavilion Theatre welcomes co-funding partners for projects.
  • Public Engagement – the quality and ambition of the project in its ability to connect to audiences.
  • Track Record of Artists Involved – the achievement to date of the individual maker or group of artists making the proposal and evidence of previous collaboration in the case of companies. Where applicants are considered to be “early-career”, letters of support/references can be supplied.
  • Feasibility of the Proposal – demonstrable evidence of the following:
  1.  that an award, if made, will allow for the significant development/completion of the proposed project or piece of work
  2. a credible project timeframe and budget
  3. capacity to deliver the project and to communicate and dialogue with Pavilion Theatre or its representatives. It will be a condition of funding that the artists and/or company has a nominated producer in place  
  4. evidence (e.g., through letters of support) that any nominated collaborators or project partners including the producer are explicitly committed to the project
  5. an outline of how, after the completion of the work, it might be brought to the next stage of production/presentation.