GRD Latest News

Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora

Galway Rural Development - Monday, March 07, 2016

In addition to the Local Diaspora Engagement Fund which we published details about previously, applications for funding are now being sought under the Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora.  The initiative, launched in 2014, builds on the community involvement legacy of The Gathering 2013 and is a joint partnership between Galway County Council, IPB Insurance and Fáilte Ireland.
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Local Diaspora Engagement Fund

Galway Rural Development - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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CE Scheme participants complete training year

Galway Rural Development - Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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Developing and Growing Your 2016 Festival

Galway Rural Development - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Do you need assistance with growing your 2016 Festival? This practical three hour
programme will help your festival team understand the importance of incorporating the
proposition brand promise into your festival offering and assist you to develop your
festival’s appeal to domestic and international visitors through a range of sales and
marketing activities.
Workshop content
 An overview of the brand promise and how you can use that to win more visitors
 An understanding of priority international markets and segments for the proposition
 Examples of how festivals and events that are currently leveraging the brand promise
 Identifying local partners/experiences to cross sell and work with
 How to conduct research to inform future festival offerings
 Good practice tips for securing sponsorship
 Actions to market and sell your festival (including how to get onto the Fáilte Ireland
 The right digital marketing platforms to use to sell your festival.
Workshop benefits
By the end of this highly practical interactive programme you will:
 Understand the proposition brand promise and how you leverage this to bring
additional visitors to your area
 Identify actions to be undertaken within your own festival that will support your sales
and marketing efforts
 Have made a solid start on your sales and marketing action plan for immediate
Workshop details
Thursday, 3rd March 10.00am-1.00pm The Connacht Hotel,Dublin Rd, Galway city Read more

Galway County projects urged to apply soon for Heritage Council grant

Galway Rural Development - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Deadline for applications 5pm, 7 March 2016 Read more

Galway Chamber of Commerce events

Galway Rural Development - Tuesday, February 09, 2016

  Galway Chamber of Commerce are running a series of events which might be of interest to local businesses and start-ups. Read more

Bealtaine in Galway 2016 - Submit your Event

Galway Rural Development - Monday, February 08, 2016

The month of May belongs to the Bealtaine festival, celebrating creativity in older age!  Thousands of older people now take part in the Bealtaine festival.  From dance to cinema, painting to theatre, Bealtaine showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists. Read more


Galway Rural Development - Thursday, February 04, 2016
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February is a busy month with a lot of organisations running their annual funding rounds. Deadlines are coming up fast so see if there is anything here that could help your group and remember that GRD staff  are happy to help with your applications . Best of luck!

County Council Community Support Scheme 2016

Galway Rural Development - Monday, February 01, 2016

Galway County Council Community Support Scheme has been launched. for 2016. There are grants available for communities in a number of different areas  and also individual supports for artists. Read more

Heritage Council Grant Scheme opens on February 3rd 2016

Galway Rural Development - Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Heritage Council will open for grant applications under the Heritage Management Scheme on 3rd February. Further details will be posted shortly. Application is online, just make sure you use Internet Explorer as the system is no compatible with Firefox.

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Welcome to the Galway Rural Development website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.

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