Sign in with facebook or twitter to attend the event

Not on Facebook or Twitter? no problem you can register here

No Thanks >
Loading Events

Small Towns Big Ideas


  • Share
  • Date
  • 23/01/2018
  • 18 out of

Calling all communities in Galway City and County. Galway 2020 has launched its first flagship programme Small Towns Big Ideas. Any community group in Galway City and County can apply for funding to develop a new cultural project in their community. This is your chance to make cultural waves in your community and to be part of making Galway 2020 a global success.

Galway will be the European Capital of Culture in 2020, a year in which hundreds of projects and events will take place bringing audiences and artists together from near and far in a celebration and exploration of our three central themes –  language, landscape, and migration.

“Small Towns Big Ideas” is one of our flagship programmes. It celebrates “Meitheal” – the ancient Irish tradition of coming together for a common purpose, working together to ensure that all succeed in achieving a goal. Any community from Galway City and County can apply for support to work with artists or cultural practitioners on projects.


Projects can request part-funding or full-funding for the amount required, starting at €1,000 to a maximum contribution of €20,000.

Small Towns Big Ideas will be delivered in two waves:

The first wave will be in 2018 – total available €300,000. A second wave of funding will be announced in 2019. Communities may apply for both waves. Please note that events and projects should take place within a year of announcement of support.

Who can apply?

The Small Towns, Big Ideas Programme is open to all community organisations from across Galway City & County. All applications must demonstrate they have met the criteria outlined in this document.

We are not able to fund projects for an existing programme of activity. The Programme is aimed at organisations that are doing something new or additional to their existing work.

 The Selection Process;

The team at Galway 2020 will initially assess all applications against the criteria outlined in this document. An independent assessment panel will then judge applications, the feedback from the Galway 2020 team and will make recommendations based on all documentation and information received.

Where to start!

You can prepare your application on paper or on video or a combination of both. However, the following information and details must be included whichever format you choose;

  •  A title for your project.
  • A short summary of your project (150 words).
  • Up to 1,000 words about how your project will meet the criteria set in this document.
  • How your project explores any or all our three core themes of Language, Landscape and Migration.
  • Where and when your project would take place, timelines and production timelines.
  • Give us an idea of the number of people you expect to participate in the development of the project, audience numbers for any project event(s), and who your target audience is.
  • Please name one individual to be the main point of contact with Galway 2020 and some background information about the main people and organisations involved in your project.
  • Tell us how you will document and share your project through photography, film and/or other media.
  • Provide a budget breakdown outlining how you will spend the grant.
  • The application window opened on 20th January 2018 with a closing date of 20th March 2018 at 4pm. Applications received after this will not be accepted.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by May 20th 2018.

How Galway 2020 will assess your application:

The following criteria are the basis upon which all applications will be assessed;

If you wish to apply for funding between €1,000 and €5,000 you will need to demonstrate how your project fulfils the following criteria:

Think Connect!

  • Brings together various groups and organisations and forms new collectives to collaborate on a creative project. Think about Diversity.
  • Uses forms of arts or cultural activity in your project.
  • Explores the themes of Language, Landscape and/or Migration.
  • Your proposed project must take place in a space or venue somewhere in Galway that is accessible by all, whatever the size of the event or activity.

Think Green!

  • What steps will you take to ensure you run an environmentally friendly event.

Think Big!

  • Your proposed project will need to be something new and different to your normal activities and leave a legacy for the local community.

If you wish to apply for funding between €6,000 to €10,000 you will need to demonstrate how you fulfil all the criteria above plus the following:

Think Europe!

  • Your project will need to involve communities and partner organisations from other European countries or embrace working with artists from other countries.

If you wish to apply for funding between €11,000 to €20,000 you will need to demonstrate how you fulfil all the criteria above plus the following:

Think Tech!

  • Show how you intend to integrate digital technology into your project – this can include websites, social media, digital projection, live streaming, virtual reality etc.

Galway 2020 will help along the way:

Galway 2020 wants to help groups make the strongest possible applications to Small Towns Big Ideas and as such we will be making a range of supports available, both during and after the application process. These supports will include:

  • Public meetings in City and County about Small Towns Big Ideas and how to apply
  • Guidance from the Galway 2020 Team
  • Creating connections and sharing ideas with other potential applicants

 Galway 2020 will assist once your project has been selected:

  • Workshops to help develop project ideas and partnership & networking opportunities
  • Downloadable Brand Style Guide & support with PR and communications

The small print…things you need to be aware of:

  • Grant awards will not be made retrospectively.
  • Charity fundraising events and private parties are not eligible.
  • Funding will be paid in the form of a grant
  • Applicants are solely responsible for accounting for VAT and any other taxes in their funding request.
  • Events or projects must be completed before the end of 2019.
  • You will be required to acknowledge the support of Galway 2020.
  • Supported projects must comply with statutory laws and regulations including, but not limited to equality and anti-discrimination, health and safety, employment, public entertainment licensing, data protection, and vulnerable adult & child protection.
  • You will be required to report progress on your project as it unfolds and complete an evaluation report after the project has ended.
  • Project organisers are responsible for arranging appropriate licensing, permissions and insurances.
  • All decisions by Galway 2020 on grant applications are final.

We strongly encourage all community groups interested in making an application to Small Towns Big Ideas to attend one of the Public Meetings taking place across the City & County.

These are as follows:

Monday 29th January,              7pm                    Galway 2020 Offices, 16 Merchants Road,                                                                                           Galway

Tuesday 30th January,              6.30pm             Tuam Library, High Street, Tuam

Thursday 1st February,             7pm                    Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh, Millars Lane,                                                                                               Knocknacarra

Monday 5th February,              7pm                     ARD Family Resource Centre, Cumasu                                                                                                 Centre, Doughiska Road, Doughiska

Tuesday 6th February,              7pm                     Loughrea Library, Church Street,                                                                                                           Loughrea

Thursday 8th February,            7pm                    Station House Theatre, Clifden

Monday 12th  February             8pm                    Ionad Tacaíocht Teaghlaigh, an Cnoc,                                                                                                   Indreabhán

Tuesday 13th February,            7pm                     Ballinasloe Library, Society Street,                                                                                                        Ballinasloe

At these meetings our team will give a general update on the Galway 2020 programme, take you through the vision for Small Towns Big Ideas, the application process, and answer all your questions.

For more information please email smalltownsbigideas@galway2020.ie or phone 091 412 450


Comments are closed.

Like the sound of this project? Join the Discussion!

Ask a question or simply share your thoughts & ideas!