€20,000 Available For Projects In Creative Ireland Kerry Programme

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Creative Ireland Kerry Team: Owen O’Shea, Victoria McCarthy, Cllr Sam Locke, Joan McCarthy, Caroline Toal, Kate Kennelly & Moria Murrell, CE of Kerry County Council.

CREATIVE Ireland Kerry is now accepting applications from communities, creative practitioners and organisations for community rooted projects and initiatives that reflect the Creative Ireland ethos.

The Creative Ireland Kerry (CIK) Programme is a collaboration between Creative Ireland and Kerry County Council.

The vision of Creative Ireland is that every person living in Ireland will have the opportunity to fully realise his or her creative potential.

Award sums will vary in value depending on the number of eligible applications, but a fund of €20,000 has been made available for the Scheme.

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Creative Ireland Kerry is based at the Arts Office of Kerry County Council and is set to announce its five-year strategy in the coming weeks.  The vision for Kerry is about enabling creativity in every community.

Applications must ensure a significant degree of community participation, community impact and engagement.

The community must benefit from the project directly and the project must be creative in nature. The project can have sight of the longer term, and can display how it might manifest over the five years of the Creative Ireland Kerry programme, were it able to continue.

Another significant aspect of the Scheme is that all applications must be informed by creative practitioners who are involved in the work. A critical aspect is the transferable nature of the creative skill and how it will mobilise a collaboration with a large community, or geographic segment or target sector.

Each application must have a tangible outcome with a showcase event or launch or talk offered by way of suggestion.

“Ensuring that all communities right across Kerry have equal access to the Creative Communities Awards Scheme is very important to the elected representatives of Kerry County Council and the Scheme represents an exciting opportunity for Kerry’s work with the Creative Ireland programme”, Mayor of Kerry, Councillor John Sheahan stated.

Information on the Scheme is available through the Arts Office at Kerry County Council and is also online at www.kerrycoco.ie

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on 19th April 2018. Forms will be available from Wednesday 21st March next.

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