Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership Announces Grant Funding To Assist Youth Creativity

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Kerry LCYP at Kerry ETB has announced two new funding schemes to support child and youth creativity in Kerry. Photo M Dei Grande

KERRY Local Creative Youth Partnership (Kerry LCYP) at Kerry Education and Training Board has announced two strands of funding available to community based organisations, youth service providers, preschools & early years settings, youth groups and creative practitioners who wish to develop creativity projects for children and/or young people in their communities.

Applications are being sought under the Creative Youth Grant Scheme and the Youth Theatre Grant Scheme for projects that are child and youth led, that are highly creative in nature, and can be realised in 2021.

Application forms can be downloaded from Irish language versions are available on

Completed application forms must be submitted by email and by the closing date to Deirdre Enright, the Creative Youth Co-Ordinator at Kerry ETB. Only official application forms can be accepted.

Ann O’Dwyer, Director of Schools, Youth & Music at Kerry ETB stated; “With additional funding provided again to Kerry LCYP this year, we are looking to support the development needs of community based organisations and creatives who are in a position to deliver creative programmes and projects that young people will enjoy.

“Organisations and groups who are keen to plan and provide for community creativity that young people want to see happen in their local area, should look to this fund as an opportunity for support.

The fund is also of benefit to creative professionals and facilitators from across the creative industries who wish to offer uniquely creative opportunities for children and young people in their communities”.

Applicant organisations must demonstrate their commitment to the inclusion of marginalised children and young people in the proposed projects.

A public session about the grants has been organised online for Friday 16th April at 10.00am. Anyone who requires more information about the application process is welcome to join the meeting.

Prior registration to the public session is required by emailing

The grant schemes are open to organisations and service providers that wish to deliver a sustainable and targeted creativity project.

Collaborations between services/providers/organisations are welcome provided there is an identified lead organisation.

Applications will be accepted from community based organisations, including Family Resource Centres, preschool and early years’ providers, youth groups and youth service providers as well as local creative or cultural organisations.

Public sector bodies can also apply, as can charities and not-for-profit companies, private sector providers of creative services and projects including STEM professionals, artists, and creatives from across the cultural and creative industries.

The closing date for receipt of applications to the Youth Theatre Grant Scheme is Monday 3rd May, while the closing date for applications to the Creative Youth Grant Scheme is Friday 7th May.

In 2020 Kerry LCYP worked with more than one thousand six hundred and fifty young people experiencing disadvantage or exclusion. The intention is to support many more children and young people in 2021.

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