Open Call | Small Towns Big Ideas, Galway 2020

Application deadline: 10 May, 5pm.

Round 1 of Small Towns Big Ideas demonstrated the huge potential for local communities to mobilise around exciting, ambitious and creative projects. Over 50 such projects across Galway city and county were awarded funding in the first round of Small Towns Big Ideas and these projects have been busy bringing their ideas to life as they prepare for 2020. For a full list of Round 1 Small Towns Big Ideas projects see the Galway 2020 website.

Galway 2020 is now seeking Expressions of Interest from communities who wish to develop a project for Round 2 of the Small Towns Big Ideas programme. Applications to Small Towns Big Ideas are invited from community and voluntary organisations, cultural organisations, heritage groups, festival bodies, artist collectives, schools, sports bodies, and other such groups.

For Round 2 of Small Towns Big Ideas we are seeking submissions for projects that demonstrate:

• Collaboration – projects that bring together different organisations, groups and communities in the development and delivery of the proposed project.
• Ambition – projects that are ambitious in imagination and scale and are new or different from the current cultural offering in local communities.
• Creativity – projects that have at their core all or any artforms or aspects of culture including dance, film, literature, music, theatre, visual arts, traditional arts, circus, street art and spectacle, architecture, language, heritage, food, sports and more.
• Community Involvement – projects should demonstrate broad community involvement through direct engagement with different groups and organisations and we are particularly keen to see the involvement of schools in Round 2 projects.
• European Dimension – projects should relate to our place in the wider European and international context and highlight our shared history and contemporary connections.
• Galway 2020 Themes – projects should seek to relate and respond to the core themes of Galway 2020 which are Landscape, Language and Migration. Projects can respond to one, two, or all three themes, and broad and creative interpretation of these themes is encouraged.

During the application window and the shortlisting process Galway 2020 may seek to bring together applicants with similar or complementary proposals to explore opportunities for collaboration.
The amount awarded to any one project will typically be between €3,000 and €15,000, with €15,000 being the maximum amount that can be applied for. The quantity and value of awards will depend on available funding, number of applicants and the quality of applications.

During the application window Galway 2020 will be available to answer any queries that potential applicants may have. Queries can be submitted via email to or you can phone Liz or Nollaig on 091 412450.

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