Cruinniú na nÓg Grants 2024

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Kilkenny County Council, in association with Creative Ireland are seeking project and event applications which will deliver the Cruinniú na nÓg programme in Kilkenny. Cruinniú na nÓg (Date TBC, June 2024) is the national day of free creative activity for children and young people up to 18 years of age. 

To be successful, applications must show how communities are being actively encouraged to be more creative. We encourage new, ambitious, and meaningful collaborations between people and communities, artistic and creative practitioners, event organisers and those involved in creative, cultural and heritage activities and projects within Kilkenny. In early 2024, the Kilkenny County Council Cultural Services team surveyed young people’s priorities across the remit of Kilkenny. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate the potential to promote: Health, Wellbeing, Heritage, Biodiversity or Creative climate action.

Projects or events that fall under the feedback given through consultation with young people.  Evidence of which must be supplied with the application: making/ visual art, painting, sculpture, outdoor activities, learn about materials that are sustainable.  Music, dance, animation, music or drama in either indoor or outdoor settings. Jewellery making.  Inclusive, inspiring, accessible projects that celebrate creativity and culture that is, reflecting our changing demographic.  Workshops can culminate into a final showcasing event in June, 2024.

During 2023 Creative Ireland Kilkenny in conjunction with the Kilkenny Arts office conducted a survey with young people.  Please click on the following link to listen to their views:

Cruinniú na nÓg Planning for 2024 video

Please download our surveys for young people so you can include them in the decision making process.  Please return as supporting documentation with your application form.

Click to download: 

Irish version Cruinniú na nÓg survey 2024.pdf (size 4.8 MB)

English Cruinniú na nÓg Application Survey 2024.pdf (size 5.5 MB)

Ukrainian Cruinniú na nÓg survey 2024.pdf (size 4.8 MB)

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The Creative Ireland Programme is a culture – based programme and was created in 2017 following the successful state initiative Ireland 2016 which marked the hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising. The Kilkenny Creative Ireland grant scheme’s purpose is to provide financial support to local and community groups and individuals, artistic and creative practitioners, event organisers and those involved in creative, cultural and heritage activities and projects, in order to encourage cultural participation and wellbeing throughout Kilkenny. The scheme also supports the delivery of the Kilkenny Culture and Creativity Strategy 2023-2027.

Cruinniú na nÓg - A day of free creativity for children and young people. Click link to view:

  • You can run more than one type of course.
  • Price and artists/tutors to run the workshops. Get quotes from them.  If they need materials get them to quote that separately.  They should be able to give you a ball park figure.  You will also have to provide receipts for any materials, transport costs etc. buses eg; that are incurred.
  • If you have rental cost or transport costs consider them.
  • Be very inclusive in your approach by showing in your appendix discussions and agreements made with your service providers.
  • You can include costs for a photographer, P.R. and project management.
  • 1 application per group will be considered.
  • Grants are available from a minimum of €2000 to a maximum of €5000

What items and expenses are ineligible?

  • Publications.
  • Spend on alcoholic beverages, fines, penalty payments, legal cost, audit fees, financial consultancy fees.
  • Any proposal where it is determined that the main beneficiary would be a private entity.
  • In general, the cost of items for resale.
  • Assets or equipment e.g.: vouchers, memoirs for participants, art works, projectors, laptops, tablets etc.
  • Accommodation.
  • Projects that do not relate to the Kilkenny’s Culture and/or the Creative Ireland Programme

To download the application form and grant criteria click:

Cruinniú na nÓg Application Form 2024.docx (size 1.2 MB)

Cruinniú na nÓg Application Guidelines 2024.docx (size 1 MB)

Queries and application forms are also available from the Community and Culture Section, Kilkenny County Council. Email  Queries are welcomed.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm Monday 12th of February 2024.

Image and videography credit, photographer Freddie Grennall.

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