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Apply for funding for Culture Night Friday September 22nd 2017

Galway Rural Development - Monday, June 19, 2017
What is Culture Night? 
Culture Night is an annual event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.  It will take place on Friday 22nd September 2017 from 5 pm and continues late into the night!  Culture Night has grown from a relatively small scale cultural event staged only in Dublin in 2006 to the significant national cultural event it now is, with some 350,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the country. 
What’s special about Culture Night?
Venues stay open later and longer than usual. Exciting and unique events happen on culture night on the streets, squares and other public spaces around Ireland.Everything is free of charge to the public.
What’s good about Culture Night? 
It encourages more people to visit cultural venues and experience culture in their area. It’s a reminder that we have fantastic cultural facilities and resources. It’s good for cultural organisations, artists, venues, artists’ studios, performers, galleries, art collections, archives, interesting buildings, places and spaces, museums, arts centres, libraries etc. It creates a sense of community and showcases what is going on in your area. 

What’s happening in County Galway? 
Building on the great success of the last five years, County Galway will again celebrate Culture Night in 2017.  Galway County Council are now inviting groups and organisations in County Galway (excluding the City & Gaeltacht) to hold an event(s) and have it included in a programme of events for Culture Night. 
Important Note:  If the event is being held in the City you should contact the Arts Office in the City Council instead on 091 536400.  If your event is in a Gaeltacht area you should contact Údarás na Gaeltachta on 091 503100. 
Will funding be available for events?
The County Council in partnership with the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs have a small funding pot for events.  Some events may not require funding, others will. 
If you require funding for your event you should complete Part C of the application form.  The deadline is 7th July 2017. Applying for funding does not guarantee that your event will be funded.  You will be notified if you have been successful by mid July 2017. 
What can the funding be used for? Funding can be used for:  

  • Hiring performance groups, acts or entertainment
  • Production costs
  • Equipment hire
Please Note:  Funding for venue hire will only be provided in exceptional cases.  Free venues such as outdoor spaces, community halls, libraries and so on should be used where possible. Funding for promotion will only be provided in exceptional cases.  A programme (booklet) containing all events will be provided and this should be used as well as other free tools available to groups. Funding will not be provided for refreshments.
If successful the following conditions will apply:  Access to all events must be open to the public, free of charge and take place on 22nd September 2017. The support of Galway County Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs must be acknowledged on promotional material and at events.  Logos and wording will be given to you. A final description and wording of your event will be sought in late July.

 A County Galway programme (booklet) will be produced including your event(s) which will be supplied to you to help promote Culture Night and your event.The event must be covered by public liability insurance to a minimum value of €6.5 million. For outdoor events groups should have Public Liability Insurance for a minimum of €12.7 million.  Groups awarded financial support will have to provide specific indemnity for Galway County Council on their Insurance policy in respect of the event(s).

If your funding application is successful, funding will be paid after the event has occurred.  Paid receipts must be submitted along with evidence of Public Liability Insurance.

What types of events could I hold? 

Culture night is an opportunity to showcase unique cultural events such as:  We would particularly welcome bigger events where groups and artists come together to pool their resources and attract large audiences.  We would also encourage cultural venues such as museums, galleries, castles, libraries, heritage and art centres to stay open on Culture Night and hold an event.

Exhibitions, classes and workshops. 
Outdoor projections on buildings. 
Multicultural celebrations. 
Cultural trails or treasure hunts. 
Concerts and music sessions. 
Walking tours. 
Intergenerational events celebrating positive ageing and young people. 
Street performances. 
Film screenings. 
Dance performances. 
Book, poetry readings or storytelling. 

Log onto to see what others did in County Galway last year or to see what happened around the Country.  Look up the Galway Culture Night Facebook page 
How do I apply to be part of Culture Night 2017? 

Make sure you have read this information sheet carefully. Download an application form from or email  or phone 091 509584 / 509578. 

Consult your group or organisation and the rest of the community to plan what event(s) you will hold.  Research costs involved if any. Complete the application form and submit to the address given by 4.00pm 7th July 2017. 

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Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.