Arts Partnership Funding Scheme 2019

Arts Partnership Funding Scheme 2019

Arts Partners Grants Scheme is set up to allocate direct grant assistance to Arts venues, arts organisations & arts festivals deemed to be of strategic importance to the arts environment within the county.

‘Monaghan Co. Council, in conjunction with the Arts Council, is committed to developing a sustainable network of arts organisations, companies, festivals and venues, presenting and promoting professional arts work so that the public can enjoy a wide range of excellent arts experiences both as audiences and engaged participants.’ MCC Arts Policy 2016-2020.

‘In order to assist them in developing good practice in audience development and public engagement and to encourage arts organisations to commission new work, to experiment with co-productions and to engage directly with artists in the development of their annual programmes and to ensure that investment is strategic and sustainable. MCC Arts Policy.

You can download the Arts Partners Application Form  and Adjudication Panel Scoring Sheet in PDF Format here: Arts Partners Application Form 2019 And Adjudication Panel Scoring Sheet (PDF)

or have one emailed to you by request to or by simply calling 047 38162 to have an application form posted to you.

Is Féidir leat an t-iarratas a líonadh amach trí ghaeilge mas fearr leat.

The Arts Office, Monaghan County Council, The Market House, Monaghan Town.

Closing date 18th April 2019

2019 Arts Partners Grant Scheme

No. Name of Arts Partner Amount recommended
1 The Garage Theatre €16,500
2 Clones Film Festival €8,000
3 Iontas Arts Centre, Castleblayney €17,500
4 Patrick Kavanagh Weekend €9,000
5 Castleblayney Drama Festival €3,000
6 Feile Patrick Byrne €2,200
7 Scoil Cheoil na Botha €3,000
8 Muckno Mania Castleblayney €1,500
9 Ballybay Community Arts Programme €2,000


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Arts Partnership Grant

Message of Peace – Sean Tyrrell

Told through spoken word and song, this is the deeply moving story of lesser-known Irish hero John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-1890).

This is a deeply moving story of the lesser-known Irish hero John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-1890). Told through spoken word and song, this show traces his life, from early childhood against the backdrop of the famine, his part in the Fenian attempted uprising in 1867, which led to his being imprisoned for life in Australia. His story crosses three continents, jail, persecution and escape. It’s a tale woven in song, spoken word and history lesson.

Minister Madigan announces details of new Creative Ireland Programme Scheme 2018/2019

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Josepha Madigan, T.D., was today (Monday 14th May) joined by 4th class students of St. Patrick’s National School, Garristown and founder of Fighting Words Roddy Doyle for the announcement of the new Creative Ireland Programme Scheme 2018/2019.

The Creative Ireland Programme is a culture-based wellbeing initiative which is guided by a vision that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential. It is a five year all-of- Government Programme, from 2017 to 2022, to place creativity at the centre of public policy. In 2017, the Creative Ireland Programme supported a range of successful talks, workshops and events on culture, creativity and well-being, to encourage deeper understanding and appreciation of the role of creativity and to promote the new Programme’s objectives and underlying values.

This new Scheme aims to identify, support and collaborate with a range of strategic partners on projects which are genuinely innovative, will significantly add value and/or scale to the implementation of the Programme and which will help inform policy and/or cross-sectoral development in the area of culture, creativity and wellbeing. Grants of between €10,000 and €70,000* are available to individuals, organisations, community groups, colleges and cultural institutions, amongst others, from an overall fund of €500,000 for this year. Three themes have been identified as areas of priority for the Partnership Scheme – Individual and Collective Wellbeing, Innovation and Connecting Communities.

Speaking at the announcement of the Creative Ireland Programme Scheme 2018, Minister Madigan T.D., said: “The Creative Ireland Programme is an ambitious and ground-breaking initiative which aims to enhance individual and collective wellbeing through increased participation in creative activity. Much has been achieved in the first year of the Programme, from Culture Teams in every Local Authority finalizing their five-year Culture and Creativity plans to the cross-departmental implementation of the ambitious Creative Youth Plan, which is now well underway. We’re also looking forward to announcing details shortly of our first Cruinniú na nÓg, a national day of youthful creativity, which will unlock the creative potential of children and young people with events taking place in towns and communities across the country.

The new Creative Ireland Programme Fund will enable us to activate, enable and support genuinely ground-breaking and innovative initiatives, research projects and community programmes, which have creativity and wellbeing at their centre, and which will help inform and implement the vision of the Creative Ireland Programme. Through these partnerships, we want to encourage ambition, risk, innovation and excellence in the creative and cultural sectors by harnessing the incredible, talent and passion of our citizens and, by working together, across agencies, sectors and organisations, to achieve something truly remarkable.”

Roddy Doyle, author and founder of Fighting Words, said: “Fighting Words has been engaged with the Creative Ireland Programme since early 2017 and we have been working closely with them on the development and implementation of the Creative Youth Plan. As a pilot project for the new Creative Ireland Programme Scheme, we now have the opportunity to significantly scale up and increase access, at a national level, for children and adults to unlock the power of their own imaginations and to become resilient, creative and successful shapers of their own lives.”

Details and application forms for the Creative Ireland Programme Scheme 2018/2019 are available below. Deadline for receipt of application forms is midnight Friday 8th June 2018.

Creative Ireland Programme Scheme Application Form (Word Doc)

Creative Ireland Programme Scheme 2018 2019 Guidelines (PDF)

Monaghan County Council Culture Night 2018 – Open Call

Culture Night is an annual event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. This year it will take place on Friday 21st September 2018 from 5pm.

Culture Night has been celebrated throughout County Monaghan for a number of years and we want to build on this momentum again in 2018. Monaghan County Council is now inviting groups and organisations in County Monaghan to hold an event and have it included in a County Programme of events for Culture Night.

The County Council in partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will have a small funding scheme for events and promotion. Some events may not require funding, others will.

Guidelines on criteria and application forms are available by contacting or by downloading below.

Closing Date for receipt of applications is Thursday 31st May 2018 at 1pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

Queries can be emailed to

Download Application form below:

Monaghan Culture Night Grant Application 2018


Monaghan County Council wishes to announce a new grant scheme as part of the Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022.

Monaghan County Council has developed a five year Cultural and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022 in association with Creative Ireland. Our vision is to maximise opportunities for engagement in culture and creativity, to nurture our creative talent, whilst embedding the individual, social and economic benefits. Each year we wish to develop a programme of work/events which corresponds with one or more of the strategy priorities.

What is the purpose of Monaghan County Council’s Creative Ireland grant scheme?

The key objective of the Fund is to provide support to local community groups; artistic and creative practitioners; event organisers and those involved in creative activities and projects, to encourage creativity, collaboration and cultural participation.

We are now inviting applications for the 2018 funding scheme.

Funding for 2018 is available under two themes:

· Bliain na Gaeilge

· Year of Cultural Heritage

Guidelines on criteria and application forms for this new Scheme are available by contacting:

Or by downloading the forms below:

English Version

Irish Version


Cavan Monaghan Networking Event

NYCI Youth Arts Programme in association with Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board and Cavan and Monaghan Arts Services invites you to join your colleagues at our:

Youth Arts Networking Day & Introduction to Film Projects with Young People Workshop

Date: Wednesday, 11th April 2018
Venue: Castle Saunderson Scouting Centre, Belturbet, Co Cavan
Time: 10 – 2pm (including networking lunch!)
Fee: Free
Book or enquire with: Maureen McIntyre, Youth Officer, Cavan and Monaghan ETB:

Calling all youth workers, volunteers and youth arts practitioners in Cavan and Monaghan!

Following on from a successful similar initiative in the NorthWest, NYCI Youth Arts Programme in association with Cavan and Monaghan ETB and Cavan and Monaghan Arts Services is organising a youth arts networking day which will offer you the chance to network with others doing similar work.

The day also includes a practical workshop with Young Irish Filmmakers, exploring tips and techniques for working with film in youth work settings – either as stand alone activities or by incorporating them into your youth work and facilitation skills – as well as a look at the benefits of film projects for young people.

Somhairle MacConghaile Arts Officer with Monaghan County Council’s Arts Service and Catriona O’Reilly from Cavan County Council’s Arts Service will give a brief overview of the Arts service with particular reference to the work they carry out with young people. Anne O Gorman from the Arts Programme at the National Youth Council of Ireland will give a brief overview of the supports the programme can offer you in your work.

Introduction to Film Projects with Young People: Preparation, Shooting and Editing:
There is a lot involved in making films with young people and any number of areas you could focus on, but this training will help you get started and organise your project. This 2.5 hr training with Garry McHugh, Director of Young Irish Filmmakers, will focus on tips and techniques for working with film in youth work settings. The training will be focus on Preparation, Shooting and Editing.

Learning Outcomes:

  • PREP: Strategies for devising scripts and projects to film with young people
  • SHOOT: How to run a film shoot with young people (managing a crew, managing the shoot, ensuring there are tasks for everyone)
  • EDIT: Advice on editing software and editing processes (please note that we won’t be learning how to edit ), advice on how to work well and manage a partnership should you bring in a filmmaker.
  • TIPS & TAKE AWAYS: How to facilitate and manage young people’s interests and confidence around film projects through a youth work approach

Young Irish Film Makers is a film, animation and digital media training and production facility where young people aged 9 to 25 years are empowered, through practical training programmes, to work with professional digital equipment to make films, animation and digital media content.

Networking and lunch
Over lunch, we can informally explore participant’s needs in terms of trying to run youth arts projects within their projects/clubs and any issues/concerns that arise for them. It is also a chance to catch up and build connections with your peers and colleagues.

Please note that numbers are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Further information and booking with Maureen McIntyre, Youth Officer, Cavan and Monaghan ETB: