Funding deadline for City of Culture applications

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Karl Wallace, city of culture artistic director with Pat Cox, chair of the group. Picture: Sean Curtin
GROUPS interested in securing funding from the Limerick City of Culture project must present plans within the next three weeks.

GROUPS interested in securing funding from the Limerick City of Culture project must present plans within the next three weeks.

The culture team tasked with organising Limerick’s stint as national city of culture - Ireland’s first such designation - have invited groups to apply for “funding opportunities” before a September 30 deadline.

The ‘Made in Limerick’ application packs are now available to download and require groups to submit detailed and costed plans for their proposed event, to take place in 2014.

The application pack runs to 17 pages and requests specific information from the proposed projects. Over 350 applications have already been made from groups across a range of areas - culture, community and sport.

A statement issued by city council states that applications are welcome from those groups who submitted proposals earlier this year but “other interested parties can also apply” before the midnight deadline on Monday, September 30.

These applications will be assessed between October 7-11, according to the form. The process seeking overall funding from Government is ongoing and will form part of the budgetary process, and as such will not be finalised until the end of October, as revealed recently by sister paper the Limerick Leader.

City of Culture artistic director Karl Wallace stressed that he saw the funding applications as “a chance for cultural groups to collaborate with each other and create project ideas for 2014”.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for cultural groups, Limerick is a hub of creativity and artistic excellence and there is a range of creative work that has gone untapped here for many years,” he said.

The culture team will be hosting free clinics in the Georgian House on September 12, 18 and 20 to advise on applications.

See City of Culture for more details and to download an application pack.