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Call for applications – Creative Ireland Open Call

The Creative Ireland Programme is a five year all-of-Government initiative to place creativity at the centre of public policy. It is guided by a vision that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential. Under the programme, each local authority has developed a Culture and Creativity Strategy and in Leitrim one part of that is a countywide open call to community groups, organisations, venues, artists, writers, performers, archaeologists, historians, archivists and everyone involved in the culture and creative sectors to develop high quality projects and programmes that enable groups and individuals to realise their full creative potential and develop and encourage greater access, knowledge and appreciation of the arts, culture and heritage. To view the Leitrim Creative Ireland Strategy please check Leitrim County council website http://www.leitrimcoco.ie/ .

Applications must be developed by a community group, venue or organisation in partnership with professional practitioners in any creative or cultural arena such as visual or performing arts, literature, heritage or any other cultural area. A group may make the initial approach to a culture/creativity practitioner with a view to developing a project or visa-versa. The project may be designed to principally impact on those directly involved in the project or to have a broader reach, benefiting a wider community.

Potential projects could encourage people to explore their own creativity and to explore the arts, culture and heritage in creative and innovative ways. Projects may well enhance the sustainability of those who work in the culture and creativity sectors. We particularly welcome project proposals that involve groups that have had little or no previous involvement in creativity and culture projects and in such instances we will endeavour to give whatever advice and assistance we can to ensure your project can achieve the best possible experience for everyone involved.

The nominal amount awarded to any one project will typically be between €500 and €5,000. While there is no fixed number of awards, there will generally be a larger number of lesser value awards and a small number of higher value ones. The quantity and value of awards will depend on available funding, number of applicants and the quality of applications.

In order to help all applicants, a series of three public meetings are being held to provide advice and assistance to help ensure projects being planned can achieve the best possible experience for everyone involved.  Whether you are a member of a community or youth group interested in developing a project, or a practitioner who would like to work with a group, these meetings will be of interest to you.

Further information on these meetings here

For further information please contact Alice Dixon, Creative Ireland Project Manager, on creativeleitrim@gmail.com or contact Leitrim County Council on 071 96 21694. 

To download the application form and all other information on Creative Ireland Leitrim Open Call 2019 please check the Leitrim County Council website http://www.leitrimcoco.ie/.

Completed application forms must be marked ‘Creative Leitrim Open Call 2019’ and returned before midnight on Monday 3rd June by email using the file transfer platform www.wetransfer.com to ckelly@leitrimcoco.ie or by post to Leitrim County Council, Áras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

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