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Applications open for Creative Ireland Funding Program

Deadline: 21-Mar-24

The Mayo County Council, in association with Creative Ireland, is inviting applications for funding under two grant schemes: Cruinniú na nÓg Grant Scheme and Creative Mayo Community Grant Scheme.

  • Cruinniú na nÓg Event Grant Scheme
    • Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth Plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people. The inaugural Cruinniú na nÓg took place on 23rd June 2018 and is now held annually in partnership with local governments across Ireland. Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18.
    • Purpose
      • The key objective of the fund is to provide support to youth groups; local community groups; artistic, heritage and creative practitioners; event organisers and those involved in creative activities and projects, to creative a day of open events for children and young people to explore their creativity or to add a dedicated event to showcase children and youth’s creativity from an ongoing programme. This year there will also be the option to enroll in a Hub na nÓg programme to receive training and additional funding to engage young people in planning next year’s Cruinniú na nÓg.
      • The fund is being administered by Mayo County Council, and will be evaluated by the Mayo County Council Creative Ireland Culture Team.
    • Funding Information
      • For 2024, total funding of €30,000 has been allocated for Cruinniú na nÓg grants.
  • Creative Ireland Community Grant Scheme
    • Creative Ireland is an all-of-government initiative, which places creativity at the centre of public policy
    • Mayo County Council has developed a five year Cultural and Creativity Strategy 2023-2027 in association with Creative Ireland. Their vision is to maximise opportunities for engagement in culture, heritage and creativity, to nurture their creative talent, whilst embedding the individual, social and economic benefits. Each year they wish to develop a programme of work/events which corresponds with one or more of the strategy priorities.
    • Purpose
      • The key objective of the fund is to provide support to local community groups; artistic, heritage and creative practitioners; event organisers and those involved in creative activities and projects, to encourage creativity, collaboration and cultural participation. The fund is being administered by Mayo County Council, and will be evaluated by the Mayo County Council Creative Ireland Culture Team.
    • Funding Information
      • For 2024, total funding of €70,000 has been allocated for Community grants.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Fund is open to not-for-profit organisations, local community groups, arts, heritage and cultural groups, venues and societies. Applications by individuals must be in partnership with a community, cultural or heritage group. Assistance shall not be given in respect of commercial activities.
  • Applications will be accepted on the official application form only.
  • Applications may only be made for projects that will be delivered in County Mayo.
  • All supporting material to be no larger than A4 paper size. Assessment panel will not assess support materials larger than A4 size. Applications may be accompanied by supporting material such as evidence of previous projects, CV’s, organisation profile, links to online supporting materials etc.
  • All recipients of grant funding under this scheme for projects involving children or young people must have appropriate policies in place as regards Child Protection. 6. All recipients of grant funding under this scheme must have appropriate insurance policies and Health and Safety procedures in place.
  • Grant aid provided by Mayo County Council under this scheme must acknowledge Creative Ireland and Mayo County Council in all publicity material associated with the project. Failure to acknowledge appropriately may deem the grant aid invalid and support received may need to be refunded to Mayo County Council.
  • All successful applications will receive a copy of Mayo County Council and Cruinniú na nÓg Creative Ireland logos, along with guidelines.
  • All successful applications will receive a copy of Mayo County Council and Creative Ireland logos, along with guidelines.
  • They reserve the right to publicise the awarding of the Creative Ireland funding.
  • In order to claim your grant, completed final reports must be submitted to Mayo County Council on or before June 30th 2024. Failure to do so may deem the grant aid invalid. All particulars are detailed further in the guidelines.
  • Closing Date for applications is March 21st at 5pm. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. No other documentation can be submitted after the closing date.
  • All applicants will be informed of Mayo County Council’s decisions in writing.
  • Depending on the level of grant awarded, a current Tax Clearance Certificate may be required.
  • Payments will be made to lead creative person or organisation only.

For more information, visit Mayo County Council.

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