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Accessing funding and opportunities for youth organisations questionnaire

The economic situation inIrelandhas meant that youth organisations are operating under more difficult circumstances than ever before.

In funding terms, for many, it has meant trying to operate within tighter budgets, which in turn, bring about other restrictions for youth organisations and young people.

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) International Programme is seeking responses to its European/International Questionnaire to ensure that all youth organisations maximize their potential for EU funding and policy information that might benefit their organisation and young members.

NYCI are building a database so that if and when opportunities arise fromEurope, they can make people aware of them.

In order to succeed they need you most up-to-date contact details.  Please see the questionnaire at this link which you need to submit to NYCI:

NYCI are always happy to discuss how youth organisations can get more involved in international activities including International Advisory Committee (IAC). Please contact NYCI on this via email or by phone 01 4255945.


Foras na Gaeilge schemes

For more details of Foras na Gaeilge Funding schemes please follow this link.


Keep up to date with EU funding news

Register to receive real time news updates from the Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Updates are on the following funding programmes:

Culture Programme
Youth in Action
Europe for Citizens
Lifelong learning programme
Erasmus Mundus
Bilateral cooperation

You can also register for updates on call for experts, call for tenders and vacancies.


2012: EU Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

The aim of the Year is to encourage and support efforts to mobilise demographic opportunities and to embrace the contribution that older people can make to society by promoting active ageing.  

The Year also aims to help create better job opportunities and working conditions for the growing numbers of older people inEurope; help them take an active role in society and encourage healthy ageing.

Some of the objectives of the Year are:

  • to raise general awareness of the value of active ageing in order to highlight the useful contribution older people make to society and the economy and to do more to mobilise the potential of older people
  • to promote active ageing policies, to identify and disseminate good practice and to encourage cooperation and synergies
  • to offer a framework for commitment and concrete action to enable all stakeholders to develop innovative solutions, policies and long-term strategies related to active ageing and intergenerational solidarity and
  • to promote activities which will help to combat age discrimination, to overcome age related stereotypes and to remove barriers, particularly with regard to employability.

Active ageing includes creating more opportunities for older people thereby combating social exclusion, fostering active participation and encouraging healthy ageing.

More details of the Irish initiatives will be available. In the meantime see further details are available here

Culture Programme e-forms for cooperation projects now online

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) has now published the e-forms for the upcoming round of Strand 1.1 andStrand1.2.1 cooperation projects:

Under this initiative Cultural organisations are given support for projects to work together across borders and to create and implement cultural and artistic activities. You can read more about this funding by downloading a copy of the programme guide at this link:

 You can also email the CCP to request a copy:


Technical workshops to assist Irish applicants to the Culture Programme

In the run up to the autumn deadlines, the CCP Ireland is planning to hold a workshop to assist applicants to the Culture Programme.

Details have yet to be finalised but please email the CCP to register your interest:

Culture programme information day 2011

If you were unable to make it to the Culture Programme Information day held on 30 May 2011, documents now available online.

A full list of the presentations from the day as well as video recordings of all the sessions are available for download here:


European Union Award for Contemporary Music

The European Commission encourages and recognises emerging artists' success in popular music through the annual European Border Breakers Awards (EBBAs).

The European Commission believes that the access to new music and its circulation are crucial for artists' capacity to build audiences in a wider European context. The Commission acknowledges that the European music sector contributes to economies, together with other creative industries.

The EBBAs reward emerging artists or groups successful in their field. The winners of the latest edition include Irish artist James Vincent McMarrow. An awards ceremony will be hosted by British musician and broadcaster Jools Holland on the opening night of the Eurosonic festival inGroningen,Netherlands, on 11 January 2012.

Find out more at the EBBA website:


New Application Round for Innovation Fund Ireland

The Enterpriseand Innovation Minister has indicated that a second application call for the Innovation Fund Irelandwill soon be launched.
Enterprise Ireland and the National Pension’s Reserve Fund (NPRF) have committed €250 million to the Fund, which is designed to incentivise international venture capital fund managers to establish their European operation in Ireland, bringing new sources of venture capital to the country for the benefit of entrepreneurs and innovation.
The main objectives of Innovation Fund Ireland are to:
Increase the number and scale of innovation driven, and high-growth businesses in Ireland;
Increase the availability of smart risk capital for early stage and high-growth companies;
Attract top-tier venture capital fund managers to Ireland; and
Attract, leverage and develop entrepreneurial talent.

Arts Council Travel & Training Award

Category: Award


Artform & practices: Architecture, Arts participation, Circus, Dance, Film,

Literature (English language), Local arts, Music, Opera, 

Spectacle, Street arts, Theatre, Traditional arts, Venues, Visual arts,

Young people children and the arts

Applicant type: Individual artist, Organisation.

Maximum awarded: €12000


Project advice - Arts Council Arts Participation Bursary Award

The deadline for the Arts Participation bursary award is January19 2012. Artists seeking to apply can receive advice and support on their application from Create.

Contact Katherine Atkinson,

Full details on the application and weblinks in next bulletin.


Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund Information session
Date:    20 December 2011
Venue:  Science Gallery
Time:    2-5pm
Sky Arts to give two individual emerging artists from any discipline £30,000 each.
To give people advice on how to apply and what we're looking for - and to give potential applicants a chance to ask their questions about the fund - they're holding free nationwide Q&A sessions with industry experts. On Tuesday 20th December, our expert panel will lead an afternoon seminar at the Science Gallery inDublin; the singer Camille O'Sullivan and Sky Arts Channel Director James Hunt will be the key speakers. We'd love to make both this event and the funding as accessible to as many young creatives aged 18-30 as possible.

Selected Programmes:

excel 2016

Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

Bealtaine 2016 cover 


John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


Culture Night 2016

Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

Facebook: Mayo Culture Night

Culture Night 2016

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