Galway 2020 opens call for round two of Small Towns Big Ideas programme


Galway 2020 has today opened an exciting call for communities to develop a project for the cultural programme for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.    

Funding of €200,000 will be awarded by Galway 2020 across the successful community groups to create and deliver thrilling projects that could transform their communities in 2020.

This is the second round of the hugely successful Small Towns Big Ideas programme which celebrates ‘Meitheal’ – the ancient Irish tradition of coming together for a common purpose, working together to ensure that all succeed in achieving a shared goal.  Interested groups are asked to create projects that demonstrate collaboration, ambition, creativity, community involvement, European dimension and of course respond to the core themes of Galway 2020.  Projects can respond to one, two or all of the core themes of Landscape, Language and Migration. 

Proposals for projects should be submitted through the Galway 2020 website before the closing date of 5pm on 10 May. 

This is an exciting moment for Galway 2020 as we gear up towards the start of what will be a truly memorable year for Galway. ”

Over 50 projects across Galway city and county were awarded funding in the first round of STBI, over 20 of which have already taken place with the remainder scheduled throughout 2019.  These projects have mobilised local communities and artists to celebrate the diversity of Galway, its places, its people and its rich culture in both urban and rural settings.  The Small Towns Big Ideas programme celebrates the heritage of the region. The successful projects for round two will form an integral part of the cultural programme for 2020.   

Announcing the open call for round two of Small Towns Big Ideas, Helen Marriage, Creative Director, Galway 2020 said: “This is an exciting moment for Galway 2020 as we gear up towards the start of what will be a truly memorable year for Galway.  Small Towns Big Ideas offers opportunities for groups across the county to get involved through their arts projects and be part of an amazing artistic and cultural programme, that will draw on distinctly Irish roots, revealing and looking beyond Galway and Ireland towards Europe.” 

Galway 2020 will hold a number of information sessions across the county to answer any questions potential applicants may have.  These will take place: 

  • Clifden Station House Theatre, Tuesday 9 April, 7pm 
  • Galway 2020 Offices, 16 Merchant’s Road, Wednesday 10 April, 7pm 
  • Builín Blasta Café, Spiddal (this meeting will be as Gaeilge), Thursday 11 April, 7pm 
  • Ballinasloe Library, Tuesday 16 April, 7pm 

Small Towns Big Ideas Round 2

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