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Local groups urged to apply to Winter 2021 Longford Live & Local Fund

Community groups urged to apply for funding under Winter 2021 phase of Longford Live & Local

Deadline for applications is Friday, 12 November 2021

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Press Release

04 November 2021

Longford County Council is delighted to invite local community groups to apply for funding under Phase 2 of the Live & Local Performance Programming Scheme which is set to run until 31 December 2021.

Under the Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022, the Longford Live and Local fund is being made available for local groups and creative practitioners who wish to organise a community/cultural event prior to 31 December 2021.

This initiative is being funded by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and administered by Longford County Council.

While the financial support is limited Longford County Council is very supportive of nurturing and showcasing the vibrant music, literary, arts and cultural activity in the county.

The key objective of the fund is to help organisers in developing cultural activities and events in the period from November to December 2021 that support the objectives of the Longford Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-22.

Grant amounts will typically be between €500 and €2000, although Longford County Council reserves the right to award grants below or exceeding those amounts in exceptional circumstances.

Community-based events that have already been announced for Winter 2021 may also be considered if applicants can introduce innovative and additional elements to their plans.

The overarching themes for this scheme (including diversity, collaboration and community across musical genre and art forms) are:

  • To showcase high-quality local-based (or local-born) artistes across all musical genres and performance art forms.
  • To assist producers, promoters and venues to provide support for people in the industry to facilitate programming of live performances in Winter 2021.
  • To animate town centres for local communities, should public health considerations permit.
  • To potentially engage with the County’s architecture and landscape/public domain in interesting ways.
  • To appeal to, challenge and excite a local and national audience.

Criteria

The following must be demonstrated:

  • The nature and proposed outcome of the event, in alignment with the strategic objectives of Creative Ireland Longford, along with the cost of the proposed project.
  • Longford County Council, as a member of the Local Community Development Committee, is committed to the values of dignity, autonomy, democracy, inclusion, and social justice and their associated value objectives as set out in the Equality and Human Rights Statement of the Local Community Development Committee (available at www.longfordcoco.ie). Applications will be assessed on how they achieve these values.
  • Longford County Council will not be in control of the locations where works/events take place, therefore it will be the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2013 and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations, (where applicable), are implemented. Additional legislative requirements which may apply to the place of work will also need to be considered by the committee.
  • An Event Management Plan may be required. If this is required, the organiser(s) should appoint an Event Controller to prepare the plan and manage the event.
  • The project/event must be completed before 31st December 2021.

How do I apply?

  • Download and complete your application form here.
  • Please complete the application form fully, giving as much detail as possible with regard to the project/event. PDF or Word is preferred.
  • Email document as an attachment to jmurphy@longfordcoco.ie with “Longford Live & Local Fund 2021” and the name of the project in the subject line.
  • The closing date for applications is Friday, 12 November 2021.