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Monday, 20th June 2022

Council seeks funding applications for Culture Night 2022 events

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Culture Night 2022 will take place on Friday 23rd September 2022 from 4.00 p.m until late.

Culture Night, the annual national celebration of Irish culture, creativity and the arts run by the Arts Council in conjunction with Local Authorities, will take place on Friday 23rd September 2022 from 4p.m until late, and Louth County Council has today put a call out for applications for funding.

The fund is open to applications from not-for-profit organisations, local community groups, arts, heritage and cultural groups, venues and societies.  Applications can be made by individuals but must be in partnership with a venue, community, arts, cultural or heritage group. Assistance cannot be given in relation to commercial activities.

Events should respond to the national theme of this year’s Culture Night, ‘Come Together Again’. See https://culturenight.ie/ for full details.

The maximum award that will be given to any one application will be €1,500. A budget breakdown must be submitted with any proposal seeking support of over €500.  

The Council are particularly interested in projects that reflect the cultural richness of Louth and the diversity within our communities. Initiatives that specifically target the 18-35 demographic and target the night time economy will also be looked on favourably.

“We are committed to projects that consider equality, inclusion, accessibility and diversity and that seek to include all voices of culture” said Louth County Arts Officer, Moya Hodgers. “We also encourage you to consider how you can target and engage with new / different audiences while planning your event."

Eligible & Ineligible Costs:

The grant can cover costs related to the running of the event such as guest speaker fees, guest artist fees, arts materials, event photographer and tech support hire. Payment of the grant will be for the specific activities outlined in the application/proposal.

The grant cannot cover staffing costs on the night of the event, ongoing revenue costs, any capital costs, equipment purchase costs, charity fund raising events, cost of repaying existing debts, refreshments, publicity costs, travel or accommodation expenses.

Please note that applying for this funding does not guarantee that your event will be funded.  

Events must take place in County Louth on Culture Night, Sept 23rd and must be free of charge.

Events must take place after 4p.m.

Conditions of Funding:

Successful applicants will be required to:

  1. Ensure they have appropriate insurance cover for the event.
  2. Ensure that, where appropriate, child protection policies are in place.
  3. Ensure that all events comply with Health and Safety and legislative requirements.
  4. Ensure that events are compliant with the most up-to-date government guidelines on Covid 19
  5. Ensure that Louth County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland are acknowledged in any and all publicity relating to the event. Relevant logos will be supplied to the successful grant awardees.
  6. The grant will only be paid AFTER the event and all expenditure has been processed. Vouched expenses and a short report on the event including audience numbers etc should be submitted by October 7th 2022 at the latest to ensure payment.

Applications should be in the form of a short 2 page proposal outlining event details and target audience and they should be submitted to arts@louthcoco.ie by 4p.m on Friday 8th July 2022.  Enquiries can also be sent to arts@louthcoco.ie

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