As part of Westmeath County Council’s Creative Ireland Programme for 2024, we invite applications for the Westmeath Creative Ireland Community Grant.
The Westmeath Creative Ireland Community Grant is a county-wide call to community groups, organisations, venues, and individuals working in the creative arts including arts, culture, and heritage. The call encourages the development of high-quality creative projects and programmes which 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.
Projects must involve a community group working with at least one creative professional. A group may make the initial approach to a creativity professional with a view to developing a project or vice versa.
We are open to project proposals that involve groups that have had little or no previous involvement in creativity and culture projects for any reason such as economic, geographic, or having lacked awareness or opportunity. We will endeavour to give whatever advice and assistance we can to ensure your project can achieve the best possible experience for everyone involved.
We invite applications that specifically address one or more of the following strategic priorities:
Westmeath County Council is committed to fair pay within the arts.
Awards of between €500 and €5,000 are available within this scheme.
Please note that due to the competitive nature of this grant, successful applicants may not receive 100% of their requested funding. In the application form, you must breakdown all planned expenditure, and all proposed income- including financing from Westmeath County Council, and other sources of planned income.
Payment to successful applicants will be made by electronic fund transfer only. Recipients of awards more than €2,000 may draw-down 50% of the award immediately following selection (only on receipt of insurance documentation).
Items that are excluded from the fund include:
The closing date for submission is on or before 5pm, Wednesday 14th February 2024.
An offer to successful projects will be issued by early March. At this time, successful applicants will receive a letter of offer which will detail all conditions and requirements. This must be signed and returned by the date specified on the letter. Failure to do so may result in funding being withdrawn and reallocated to another project.
Proposals should illustrate clear planning in terms of concept, execution, and timing. Successful projects must have commenced by Saturday 1 June 2024 at the latest and be fully complete by Saturday 12 October 2024 at the latest to adhere to funding requirements.
Provision of a mid-cycle report is mandatory for Creative Ireland in terms of their communications. This is required by Monday 24 June 2024. Successful applicants will be asked to submit a short press release and accompanying photos and links before this date.
By Saturday 12 October 2024, all successful applicants must complete a final progress report and provide evidence that the project is complete, (online links, photographs, press reviews, receipts).
Please note any grant recipients previously in receipt of Creative Ireland Funding who did not submit feedback forms are not eligible to apply for this fund in 2024.
Grant applications received will be evaluated by an external panel in respect of the following criteria:
Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 14 February 2024.
Please note that late application will not be accepted.
You will receive an automated response upon submission, if you are having issues with your submission you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Please ensure you have read the accompanying Creative Westmeath Grant Application Information Document prior to completing the application form.
Further information that may support your application could include -
Read our Westmeath Creative Ireland Grant FAQs.