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2022 Arts Programme Deadlines and Funding Opportunities

Leitrim County Council Arts Office has published closing dates for a number of programmes that artists and arts organisations can apply for this year. Application forms are currently available for those programmes where live links are provided.

Details and links to all opportunities are below.

ProgrammeEligibilityClosing Date
Leitrim Live Performance Scheme 3Artists and Event OrganisersTBA Jan/Feb
Arts FestivalsFestival & Event OrganisersFriday 4th Mar
Creative Ireland Open Call - Call 1Community Groups/NGOs/Arts CentresFriday 4th Mar
Small Sparks - Call for companiesBusinessesFriday 25th Mar
Cruinniu na nOg projectsYouth & Community or Arts GroupsFriday 25th Mar
Creative Ireland Intern ProgrammeCultural OrganisationsFriday 25th Mar
Artist Mentoring ProgrammeArtistsFriday 25th Apr
Small Sparks - Call for artistsArtistsFriday 25th Apr
Culture night - Call for ApplicationsCommunity Groups/NGOs/Arts CentresFriday 17th Jun
Creative Ireland Open Call - Call 2Community Groups/NGOs/Arts CentresFriday 17th Jun
International DevelopmentArtistsFriday 29th Jul
John McGahern AwardWritersFriday 29th Jul
Individual Artist Bursary ProgrammeArtistsFriday 4th Nov
Platform 31ArtistsTBA 


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Creative Ireland Open Call 2022 - Round 1

Deadline for applications: Midnight, Friday March 4th, 2022.

A central theme of Creative Ireland is collaboration in order to facilitate an ecosystem of creativity and to nurture the creative imagination through active engagement with the arts and culture. The Creative Ireland Programme defines 'creativity' as the capacity to transcend accepted ideas and norms and by drawing on imagination to create new ideas that bring additional value to human activity.

Who can apply?

Any group within the community (or a venue or organisation working with a group) can look to develop a project with professional practitioners in any creative or cultural arena such as visual or performing arts, literature, cultural heritage or any other culture and creativity area. A group may approach the professional practitioner with a view to developing a project or visa-versa. While the application will most often be in the name of the community group, in some cases, such as where the applicant is an arts organisation or agency, it may be more appropriate for that organisation to be the applicant. In all cases, it is vital that the project is a collaboration and that both the voice of the artist and the voice of the community members is evident.

We particularly welcome project proposals that involve groups that have had little or no previous involvement in creative projects for whatever reason; and in such cases we will endeavour to give whatever advice and assistance we can to ensure such projects can achieve the best possible experience for everyone involved.

The approach, purpose or subject matter of a project can start from any interest that the applicants share. It can be about the nature of the applicants themselves: being young; being old; being from a particular place. It can be to do with an interest shared by the group and artist for our future; our past; the environment; technology; for how we interact with each other, and how or whether people have the opportunity to express themselves.

First time applicants may decide to apply initially to research an idea for a project, rather than commit to a longer, more involved and complex process. In these instances, the Creative Ireland programme can cover the costs of doing that, particularly the costs of professional practitioners to work with groups, who can then go on to develop and submit a further application for a longer project in a subsequent round.

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Invitation to Tender - Leitrim Creative Ireland Projects Management

Leitrim County Council invites tenders from suitably qualified and experienced individuals to manage Leitrim County Council’s Creative Ireland Open Call and Cruinniú na nÓg programmes.

The Creative Ireland Programme is a five year all-of-Government initiative to place creativity at the centre of public policy. It is guided by a vision that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential. The Creative Ireland Vision for Leitrim is to nurture and foster creative expression in all its diversity; to embrace and welcome new ideas; and to create the conditions to help turn those ideas into reality and embed creativity into all aspects of the social, economic and cultural life of Leitrim.

Leitrim County Council now invites tenders from suitably qualified and experienced individuals to manage the 2022 Creative Ireland Open Call and Cruinniú na nÓg programmes. Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of the creative sector and may have a background in Arts & Culture or Community Development.

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

About Cruinniú na nÓg
Cruinniú na nÓg is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture and creativity in young people.  Groups and organisations are invited to develop events in areas such as visual arts, performance to workshops on heritage or explorations of culture, food or fashion with the emphasis on ‘doing’, ‘making’, ‘creating’.

Services Required

-Advertising and Promotion
-Facilitation of Project Development
-Management of applications
-Monitoring & Evaluation

This contract is offered on the basis of a fixed-term Contract for Services that will average 15 hours per week from the date of appointment until the 31st December 2022. 

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by email only in Word or PDF format to before 5pm Friday 4th February 2022.  The point of contact for queries and information is the Arts Office of Leitrim County Council. All queries or requests for information to this tender must be via email to

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