Creative Ireland – Open Call

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Creative Ireland Open Call Application Workshops for Manorhamilton, Ballinamore and Carrick on Shannon

Does your community want to get involved in a creative project?
Even if you don’t know where to start – help is on hand.

The Creative Ireland Open Call is a countywide open call to community groups, organisations, venues, artists, writers, performers, archaeologists, 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 creative potential and develop and encourage greater access, knowledge and appreciation of the arts, culture and creativity.

Applications may be developed by a community group, venue or organisation in partnership with individuals with professional expertise in any creative or cultural arena such as visual or performing arts, literature, heritage or other culture area. A group may approach the professional practitioner with a view to developing a project or visa-versa.

Groups with little or no previous involvement in creative projects are particularly welcome, and in order to help all applicants, a series of three public meetings are scheduled 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 an artist, performer or archaeologist who would like to work with a group, these meetings will be of interest to you.

  • The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton – Tuesday 22nd May at 8pm RESCHEDULED FROM 16th MAY
  • Ballinamore Library – Thursday 17th May at 8pm
  • The Dock, Carrick on Shannon – Friday 18th May at 8pm
  • The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton – Wednesday 22nd May at 8 pm

For further information please contact Siobhan O’Malley, Creative Ireland Project Manager,  on or contact Leitrim County Council on 071 96 21694. Siobhan will be at the venues from 7.30pm each evening and again after each workshop to chat with individuals one-to-one about their plans.

Once developed Applications are assessed by an independent panel on the basis of how well they help fulfil the vision and achieve the priorities of Leitrim’s Culture and Creativity Strategy using the following criteria:

  • Quality, innovation and creativity of the planned project.
  • The extent to which the project helps achieve one or more of the strategy’s priorities
  • Understanding of the social and cultural context of the project.
  • Proven ability of the group to undertake and manage projects.
  • Level of skills and expertise of culture/creativity professionals engaged with the group.
  • The feasibility and viability of project within the timeframe and budget allocated.

Examples of potential projects could include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Projects that encourage people to explore their own creativity.
  • Projects that explore the arts, culture and heritage in creative and innovative ways.
  • Projects that 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 whether for any reason such as economic, geographic, or having lacked awareness or opportunity. 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.

2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the centenary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the 125 anniversary of the founding of Conradh na Gaeilge and as such this year we welcome innovative applications that creatively explore the concerns that underpin these programmes and anniversaries.

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.

Payment to successful applicants will be made by electronic fund transfer only. Recipients of awards in excess of €1,000 may drawdown 50% of the award immediately following selection. Following completion of the project, the all successful applicants must complete a short report and provide evidence that the event has taken place (photographs, press reviews etc.), final accounts, and receipts for the full costs.

Completed forms must be marked ‘Creative Leitrim Open Call 2018’ and returned by Friday 15th June (deadline extended) to Leitrim County Council, Áras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim or emailed using the file transfer platform to


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