Creative Ireland

Creative Ireland

Functions and Services

Coordination of the all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme, which aims to mainstream creativity in the life of the nation, with the core proposition being that participation in cultural and creative activity, promotes individual, community and national wellbeing.

The programme seeks to support each citizen – whether individually or collectively, in our personal lives or in our institutions – to realise our full creative potential, by encouraging, facilitating and supporting collaboration in order to cultivate a diverse, accessible and creative cultural ecosystem that sustains wellbeing for all.

The Programme principally engages with a range of strategic partners – including other Government Departments, State Agencies, Local Authorities and sectoral groups – to develop initiatives which underpin the Programmes objectives, as well as engaging at a policy development level to incorporate cultural creativity (and its benefits for personal wellbeing) into policies and initiatives in other sectoral areas.  As a consequence of this Programme-level engagement, a number of schemes and programmes of events are made available to the general public. However, such events are not managed by the Creative Ireland Programme Office.

The Programme supports a number of initiatives, although not directly, which can be availed of by members of the public.

The principal services/activities which are available to the general public are managed by the Local Authorities. Events are advertised at a local level (with links provided by the Creative Ireland website and the Cruinniú na nÓg micro-site).

Other services provided as a result of Creative Ireland Programme engagement or support are provided through individual sectoral bodies or organisations.

The main events and programmes supported through the Creative Ireland Programme by Local Authorities are free of charge.

More information on individual programmes can be found at the following links:





Classes of Records Held

  • Policy – records related to the overall Programme and objectives; briefing documents and policy briefings/publications; reports and assessments of pilot programmes and initiatives.
  • Personal – limited details on a stakeholder database.
  • Financial – general finance data; details on suppliers and grantees.
  • Administrative – general administrative data


Funding/Grant Schemes

The majority of funding is provided directly to Local Authorities, or under Service Level Agreements to sectoral bodies to meet specific policy objectives or actions outlined within the Programme’s policies.

The Programme operated the “National Creativity Fund”, which was a once-off grant scheme.

The focus of this scheme was on strategic collaborations with a variety of partners to bring a new level of innovation and invention to the Programme, particularly in terms of policy and project development under the Programme’s five pillars.  The successful projects would add value and/or scale to the implementation of the Creative Ireland Programme and will help inform policy and/or cross-sectoral development in the area of culture, creativity and wellbeing.

This scheme was open to the broad cultural and creative sectors only, including (but not limited to) the arts, Irish language, heritage, environment, craft, and creative technology sectors. Applicants may include Individuals; Community groups; Small to medium companies; Research organisations; Non-profit organisations; Universities/colleges; and NGOs. Applicants from outside the Republic of Ireland were eligible to apply provided their proposal related to or would be implemented in this jurisdiction.

Scheme is no longer open for applications.

Eligibility criteria;

Stage 1 – Eligibility check (does proposal relate to the broad cultural and creative sectors).

Stage 2 – Pre-qualifying assessment:

  • Adherence to themes (i.e., does it reflect one or more of the themes?)
  • Type of proposal (i.e., is it the type proposal that can be supported?)
  • Timeline (i.e., is the timeline achievable?)
  • Deliverables and outcomes (i.e., are deliverables/outcomes clearly iterated)
  • Budget (i.e., is it clearly laid out, justified and reasonable?)

Stage 3 – Independent Assessment:

  • Does the proposal meet and support the vision and objectives of the Creative Ireland Programme?
  • Is the proposal new, innovative or unique – or if already in existence, does it contain a new element and/or aims to deliver new or increased participation in creativity?
  • What is the medium to long-term sustainability of the proposal in terms of development/scalability, inclusivity or future partnerships?
  • The level of team experience, the mixture of professional and creative skills and the track record of delivery of similar or previous proposals
  • The viability of delivering the proposal according to budget and timescale in the current calendar year
  • A clear outline of deliverables and outputs

Stage 4 – Final approval by Programme Director and Minister.

The criteria governing variations in grant levels, as well as the complaints/appeals procedure, are contained in the scheme guidelines which can be accessed here

More information is also available here

Public Consultations

There are no public consultation exercises ongoing at present.  Consultations with sectoral groups have taken place previously to inform actions to progress key policy objectives, while the Programme also promotes single issue events aimed at promoting discussion on the general themes of the Programme.  Local Authorities supported by the Programme may (at their own discretion) undertake public consultations in relation to their own programmes of events.

Contact Information

Contact details for Creative Ireland (which includes the Creative Ireland programme) can be found Here


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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