As the Irish Government's development agency for the arts, the Arts Council is the major funder of the arts in Ireland.
Arts organisations, artists and groups working with the arts can apply for financial support. Relevant funding programmes for artists and groups include: commissions, bursaries, projects and new work. Such schemes are awarded through a competitive process where the standard is high and where individual practice can demonstrate a track record and or potential.
Greystones Educate Together National School appointed a voluntary committee with relevant expertise to oversee the per cent for art commissioning process. An external curator, Máire Davey, was appointed specifically for her expertise in working in a highly collaborative way as meaningful involvement from the students and school was viewed as central to the process. The procurement route chosen was limited invited competition.