3 June 2019
By Elaine Murphy
The Creative Ireland Programme has been growing from strength to strength in Cork, as evidenced by the number of applications received under the 2019 Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme. The total of 88 applications received was more than double those of last year.
The 2019 allocations were passed at Council meeting last week, with €70,495 made available for 63 different projects around the County – an average allocation of €1,119 per project. A broad range of different proposals were granted, each with a strong link to the key Creative Ireland principles, from the engagement of young people and communities in creative endeavours, to promoting the Irish language and showcasing what the County of Cork has to offer by way of culture.
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, commended the scheme, saying “The Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme is supporting some of the most insightful and innovative cultural projects around. It is a credit to all those behind the projects and to our Culture Team involved in delivering the Creative Ireland Programme within the County’.
Commenting on the announcement Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy noted “County Cork is truly alive when it comes to Culture and Creativity and a brief look at the successful applications under this year’s Creative Ireland Grant Scheme shows the huge variety of cultural projects and ideas that are continuously being developed. In Cork, culture and creativity is part of who we are and this funding scheme reflects Cork County Council’s continued commitment to support community groups and individuals who are passionate about local culture and creativity and in contributing towards it.”