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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;
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:
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:
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:
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:
Galway 2020 will assist once your project has been selected:
The small print…things you need to be aware of:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 091 412 450
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