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Creative Ireland Programme

Creative Ireland is a national Programme administered locally, which connects people, creativity and wellbeing.

Established in 2017, Creative Ireland was born out of Ireland 2016, the hugely successful state initiative to mark the hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising. The Programme drew inspiration from the extraordinary public response to the Centenary and the thousands of largely culture-based events exploring issues of identity, community, culture, heritage and citizenship led by Local Authorities across the Country.

Through partnerships with local and national government, cultural and enterprise agencies and local enterprise, Donegal County Council, enabled by the Creative Ireland Programme create pathways and opportunities for people and communities to unlock their creative potential.


Creative Ireland Strategic Plan for Donegal:


To view upcoming events and opportunities across Donegal visit Donegal - Creative Ireland Programme

Find out more about the Creative Ireland Programme here.


Cruinniú na nÓg Open Call - Deadline Sunday March 19th 2023

The national day of creativity for children and young people, Cruinniú na nÓg takes place on Saturday 10th June 2023. It aims to celebrate and encourage children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity by providing free, activity-based action in their own locality. An Open Call is now live until March 19th to community groups, organisations and creatives to propose ideas. More information is available here


Culture and Creativity Project Awards Scheme 2023 - Deadline Monday 27th March 2023 at 12 Noon

Applications are being invited for the Donegal Culture & Creativity Project Awards Scheme 2023. The Scheme is offering 25 Project awards of €2,000 each to projects that encourage cooperation and collaboration between communities and heritage specialists, artists, culture professionals and/or creative industries to preserve, conserve, research, practice, exhibit, perform, instruct, engage, enhance, promote or address an aspect of the material or non-material culture in an original, imaginative or creative way.  Community groups and individuals may apply for funding for a project that addresses culture, heritage, arts or creative industries. More information is available here.