Creative Waterford Open Call 2023 has been launched and applications welcomed until 31st March. Funding available for culture & creative projects in Waterford. The Creative Ireland Programme in Waterford recently launched the new Culture and Creativity Strategy 2023-2027. The strategy allows for the continuation of funding for projects that embed creativity in the community. The annual Creative Waterford Open Call is based on six priority areas for development. Agencies, communities, individual artists and others are encouraged to apply for funding to develop collaborative creative projects. The closing date is March 31st at 4 p.m., details are available at www.bit.ly/opencallwaterford2023.
To celebrate the launch of another 5 years of Creative Waterford, this year there are two categories of grants. Applications can be made for grants up to €8,000 and a second category of grant will be awarded for applications up to €20,000. A maximum of two grants will be given for the larger funding and these project proposals must show significant levels of community engagement, collaboration and partnership, and of course creativity.
The Creative Ireland Programme was extended for a second five-year term to run from 2023. One of the pillars is “Creative Communities”, a local authority-led initiative which pioneers and supports local creative projects in areas such as arts, heritage, local history, STEAM and the creative industries. Previous projects in Waterford included the Designers and Makers Exhibition in Waterford Gallery of Art, community acting classes in Tallow, creative workshops at Pride festival and moss art in West Waterford relating to the sustainable development goals.