Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme for 2017 Announced

By Seamus Whelehan

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Cork County Council has announced details of its creative arts grant scheme 2017.
The programme is a follow on from the County’s hugely successful 1916 /2016 commemorations.
Heritage Officer Conor Nelligan said through the Creative Ireland Programme the authority are looking to invest in ideas from the public that express our identity through culture while also building on our sense of nationhood.
The Creative Ireland Programme is a five year national plan intended to bring communities together, and to strengthen our sense of identity.
Through the scheme the country’s 31 local authorities intend on focusing on the creativity of children, communities and invest in its capital infrastructure for creativity and culture.
The grant scheme launched by Cork County Council gives support to artists and makers, local library members, local arts groups, local historical societies, drama clubs, and community groups in its widest sense, as well as individual citizens.
There is no minimum grant however the maximum given to an individual applicant is €4,000.
Last year over 500 events took place at 70 locations across the county commemorating the fallen along with the ideals and values of the Irish people.
There was a strong educational element to the programme with almost thirty projects engaging the County’s youth.
A further 200 community groups organised numerous events and projects. There were 10 diaspora related events which celebrated our shared heritage, some home based and some that reached out to the Cork diaspora.
Projects also took place overseas with towns twinned with Cork County.
Closing date for receipt of grants application is Tuesday 18 July at 16:00. Full details and the application form itself are available online via www.corkcoco.ie/arts-heritage/creative-ireland or by requesting same via creativeireland@corkcoco.ie.

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