Creative Clusters Initiative - Applications for New Round (2021-23)

             

Creative Clusters is an initiative of the Department of Education, led by and in partnership with ESCI, and funded through the Schools Excellence Fund.

The Department of Education have announced (Press Release) the opening of a new round of Creative Clusters. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 14th May 2021.

Each Creative Cluster will receive grant funding of €3,000 per school, over a two-year period, to implement their project in the 2021–2023 school years (e.g. a cluster of three schools would receive €9,000 over two years, while a cluster of five schools would receive €15,000 over two years). Clusters will receive 50% of the total grant funding in Year 1, with the second 50% being provided in Year 2. In addition, but separate to the grant funding, all successful clusters are further supported with: a fully paid Creative Cluster Facilitator, paid Teacher Substitution to attend training and meetings, room hire and travel and subsistence.

Schools can apply as part of a Cluster which may be an existing network of schools. A school nearing the end of Year 2 of an existing Creative Cluster can reapply to be in a new Cluster where the other schools in the new Cluster have not participated before. Schools nearing the end of two years with Creative Schools are eligible to apply.

Kilkenny Education Centre will have a key role in identifying and supporting a Creative Cluster for our local area. A total of 21 Creative Clusters will be selected nationally - one successful Creative Cluster per Education Centre. Applications should be sent to the Centre via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by Friday 14th May 2021.

Please contact Kilkenny Education Centre (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Arts in Education Administration (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with questions/queries.

Further information about Creative Clusters, and the Application Form and Guidelines, can be found on the Department of Education website.

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