Creative Wicklow Grant Scheme 2018

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Wicklow County Council is pleased to announce a new grant scheme to support community activity as part of the Creative Ireland Programme 2018-2022. 

Community Engagement

The Creative Wicklow Grant Scheme 2018 aims to nurture creativity and cultural heritage among communities in Wicklow in keeping with the aims of the Creative Ireland programme. Wicklow County Council seeks to support innovative ways to increase engagement between people and their cultural heritage. This fund is open to not-for-profit organisations, local community groups, arts, heritage and cultural groups, venues and societies. Applications by individuals must be in partnership with a community, cultural or heritage group.

Community Collaborations

Collaborations between artists and heritage practitioners are encouraged, as are events, activities and projects that ‘Make a Connection’ in line with the theme of European Year Of Cultural Heritage 2018, and  those projects that seek to lay the foundations for longer  term engagements. The nominal amount of funding to any one project will typically be between €500 and €2,500 and applications received will be assessed based on an agreed selection criteria.

Creativity and Well Being

Michael Nicholson, Director of Services for Community, Cultural and Social Development states that “Wicklow County Council aims to place creativity and culture at the heart of communities throughout Wicklow, recognising that creativity provides us with a strategy for individual wellbeing, social cohesion and economic success’.The Creative Wicklow Fund 2018 is being administered by Wicklow County Council, and will be evaluated by the Wicklow County Council Culture Team.

 Application Process

Closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 31st May. Applications and accompanying additional documentation by post to: Wicklow Creative Ireland Grant Scheme 2018, Community Social & Cultural Development Section, Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Wicklow Town. A signed version of the application form may be scanned and e mailed to

Download  application forms and guidelines below and at

All queries and requests for hard copy application forms can be e –mailed to . To speak with a member of Wicklow County Council’s Culture Team contact  Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer / Catherine Wright, Archives T: 0404 20100 or Arts Office T: 0404 20155

Background to the Creative Ireland ProgrammeCreative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016 – a five-year initiative, from 2018 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy. The Creative Ireland Programme has five key pillars as follows; Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child; Enabling Creativity in Every Community; Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure ; Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media; Unifying our Global Reputation. For full details on the five pillars see


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