Dublin City Council is seeking proposals from children and young people, artists/creative practitioners, professional bodies, cultural organisations, and neighbourhood communities/organisations to be part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2024, the national day of free creativity for children and young people.

Cruinniú na nÓg is taking place on Saturday 15 June 2024 across Dublin City. Projects may occur over a longer period of time with a final event taking place on 15 June.

Applications are invited from practitioners who have the capacity to devise, facilitate and deliver creative content and activities for children and young people in any medium (examples include performance, street art, fashion, photography, digital arts, literature, architecture, coding, biodiversity, folk life, heritage, archaeology, landscape).

In particular, applications will be prioritised that give access to groups of children and young people who have limited access to creative activities.

  • All proposals must be within the Dublin City Council Administrative Area.
    Click here for Map of the five Dublin City Administrative Areas.
  • All proposals must have a clear and feasible budget.
  • All proposals must show feasibility of completion and/or demonstration on 15 June 2024.
  • Proposals can be inclusive of all forms of creativity including but not limited to artistic practices. We welcome proposals which make innovative use of creativity in practices outside of the arts.
  • If artists/creative professionals are engaged in the project, evidence must be shown in the attached budget of appropriate remuneration.
  • We warmly welcome applications for activities that are delivered through the Irish language and Irish Sign Language.

Application Deadline: 
All proposals must be submitted by 12 noon, Wednesday 21 February 2024.

Areas of Focus
All proposals must respond to one of three areas of focus for 2024 – please choose from one of the following:

Focus 1 – Creativity Everywhere
Funding Range €1,000 — €3,000

This year applications are encouraged for projects and events that explore creativity as part of a larger social context. We are looking for projects which aim to target topics such as climate change, community, wellbeing, heritage, technology etc through the lens of creativity. We encourage applicants to surprise us with unique experiences for young people which explore the role of creativity in all areas of our lives.

Examples of previous Cruinniú na nÓg projects include:

Focus 2 – Inclusion
Funding Range €3,000-10,000

Proposals in this category should include specialist activities or projects for children and young people who seldom get to access high quality creative experiences. These activities can include longer term projects or one off events. Outcomes should be demonstrated on 15 June 2024.

Focus 3 – Neighbourhood
Funding Range €5,000-15,000

Proposals in this category can include mini-festivals, sharings or showcases in a targeted neighbourhood with a targeted community of interested children or young people. Proposals should have longer term developmental elements leading toward a public event on 15 June. Proposals should include how local partnerships bring their own resources to enhance and deliver the proposal. Proposals should describe how children and young people will be supported to collaborate and lead ideas and delivery of projects.

A note on funding: 

  • Partners are expected to bring their own resources to support proposals. Not all events proposed may require or receive financial assistance. This will be agreed on a case by case basis.
  • Please note, that while we welcome all proposals through this open call process, we are also mindful that we have limited resources to support our amazingly talented population of children and young people in Dublin City.  If proposals are not successful, please do not be disappointed.  We will work hard to help you develop your ideas, give practical assistance and point you in the direction of how to access other funding that might relevant.
  • Submissions will only be accepted on the online platform Submittable at www.dublincityartsoffice.ie
  • Applicants should note that all funding awarded is VAT inclusive.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted.

For queries, contact Alison Clarke, Creative Communities Engagement Officer for Dublin City Council: alison.clarke@dublincity.ie

Applications can be made via Dublin City Arts Office Submission Manager


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