Grants for Cultural and Creative Practitioners


Note

The closing date for these grants has now passed. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible

New opportunities for the Laois Cultural and Creative sector have been announced as part of the Jobs Stimulus Package from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Creative Ireland Laois has announced two new grant schemes for Laois Cultural and Creative practitioners (individuals & groups).

Under this fund, local projects and initiatives will provide supports for

  1. placing creativity at the heart of economic development,
  2. innovative place-making projects in local areas,
  3. collaboration, and
  4. professional development of creative practitioners and / or organisations.

There are two funds:

Equipment Grants

To promote the development of Cultural and Creative initiatives within Laois, Laois County Council Creative Ireland are awarding a number of Equipment grants to professional cultural and creative operators/ practitioners (individuals & groups) for upskilling in digital media practices.

Under this Creative Communities Jobs Stimulus measure, funding is provided for

  • Enabling access to digital equipment for cultural and creative operators/practitioners (individuals & groups).
  • The provision of an Equipment grant for cultural and creative operators/practitioners (individuals & groups) to adapt, reposition or reskill themselves or to repurpose their assets/offering to ensure they may continue to connect and engage with their local communities.

Full details and application information:

Laois County Council | Creative Ireland Equipment Grant Scheme Call for applications 2020 (Word version)

Laois County Council | Creative Ireland Equipment Grant Scheme Call for applications 2020 (pdf version)

The closing date for receipt of applications for the Equipment Grants is 4pm on Friday, September 25, 2020

Cruinniu na nOg Portlaoise – Vincent Hunt, Tutor, helps a young child at Dunamaise Arts Centre . Photo: Michael Scully.

Co-Create grants

Laois County Council Creative Ireland are awarding a number of Co-Create grants to professional cultural and creative operators / practitioners to collaborate in the development of  new initiatives.

Cultural and Creative operators / practitioners must collaborate with a community group, or school, or NGO, or  Enterprise, or community group, or voluntary group, or professional group.

Under this Creative Communities Job Stimulus Funds scheme, funding may be provided for a broad range of initiatives that:

Connect, engage & collaborate with local and marginalised communities and other communities, small towns and villages; or small to medium enterprises; or public buildings; or heritage and landscape; or local cultural and heritage venues; or Maker Spaces/Studio; and/or a blend of the  above. This is not a prescriptive list and we welcome your proposals.

Full details and application information:

Laois County Council | Creative Ireland Co-Create Grant Scheme Call for applications 2020 (Word version)

Laois County Council | Creative Ireland Co-Create Grant Scheme Call for applications 2020 (pdf version)

The closing date for the Co-Create Grants is 4pm on Monday, September 28, 2020

Creative Ireland

Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016. The Laois County Council 2018-22 five-year Culture and Creativity Plan can be viewed here.

The Creative Ireland Programme has collaboration at its heart – between central and local government; between heritage, arts, culture and industry; between artists, communities and policy makers– to facilitate a culture of creativity.