Last Chance to Present your Big Idea


Those interested in applying for Round 2 of Galway 2020’s Small Towns Big Ideas project have just one day left to apply before the 5pm deadline tomorrow (Friday), 10 May.

Small Towns Big Ideas is a county-wide project that celebrates Meitheal, the ancient Irish tradition of coming together for a common purpose. Launched in April of this year, Round 2 invited communities right across artforms to apply to the scheme, that has the potential to set in motion the changes they’d like to see in their community.

Artists and curators/producers who are interested in working in community contexts are also welcome to apply and are required, in their applications, to demonstrate that they have identified and made contact with a community and have a ‘context’ out of which they work. This may be a community of interest or place.

The total budget for this project is €200,000, with offers of funding running between €5,000 and €15,000. Those not based in Galway, but who would like to make contact with communities in the city and county, are also welcome to apply. Where communities of interest are concerned, an artist could consider making a large multi-site application i.e. to work with a particular community of interest in a number of places and locations in the county.

Round 1 of Small Towns Big Ideas demonstrated the huge potential for local communities to mobilise around exciting, ambitious and creative projects. Over 50 such projects across Galway City and County were awarded funding in the first round of Small Towns Big Ideas and these projects have been busy bringing their ideas to life as we prepare for our title year in 2020.


For this round of Small Towns Big Ideas, we are seeking submissions for projects that demonstrate:


Collaboration – projects that bring together different organisations, groups and communities in the development and delivery of the proposed project.


Ambition – projects that are ambitious in imagination and scale and are new or different from the current cultural offering in local communities.


Creativity – projects that have at their core all or any artforms or aspects of culture including dance, film, literature, music, theatre, visual arts, traditional arts, circus, street art and spectacle, architecture, language, heritage, food, sports and more.


Community Involvement – projects should demonstrate broad community involvement through direct engagement with different groups and organisations and we are particularly keen to see the involvement of schools in Round 2 projects.


European Dimension – projects should relate to our place in the wider European and international context and highlight our shared history and contemporary connections.


Galway 2020 Themes – projects should seek to relate and respond to the core themes of Galway 2020 which are Landscape, Language and Migration. Projects can respond to one, two, or all three themes, and broad and creative interpretation of these themes is encouraged.


Deadline for receipt of expressions of interest is 5pm on Friday 10 May 2019.


Photo credit: Julia Dunin

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