Tomorrow (May 10) is the deadline for local community groups to apply for funding from the second round of Galway 2020’s Small Towns Big Ideas project.
Small Towns Big Ideas is a county-wide project that celebrates Meitheal, the ancient Irish tradition of coming together for a common purpose.
Galway 2020 has a pot of €200,000 to distribute to groups with ideas on how to celebrate this tradition, with individual grants running between €5,000 and €15,000.
Interested groups are asked to submit proposals that demonstrate collaboration, ambition, creativity, community involvement, a European dimension, and match the core Capital of Culture themes of Landscape, Language and Migration.
Artists and other producers are also welcome to apply so long as the can demonstrate that they have identified and made contact with a community and have a ‘context’ out of which they work.
During the first round of Small Towns Big Ideas over 50 groups across the city and county received funding for projects that celebrated the diversity and rich cultural history of Galway.
More than 20 of those projects have already taken place, with the remainder scheduled to happen over the remainder of 2019.
Successful applicants for the second wave will make up a big part of the programme for 2020 itself when Galway receives the Capital of Culture designation.
The final deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday, May 10. Applications can be made through Galway 2020’s website.