Creative Ireland Grant Scheme

Local authorities may provide financial support to community and voluntary groups and anyone involved in the arts, culture, heritage and language sectors to develop projects to improve access to, and appreciation of, the arts, culture and creativity.

Carlow County Council manages the Creative Ireland Grant scheme.  The Creative Ireland Carlow programme is managed by the Culture Team of Carlow County Council and coordinated by the Arts Service. 

In 2023 an Open Call was advertised for grants over a two-year period under the Creative Ireland Carlow programme.

Carlow Call for Expression of Interest

Cruinniú na nÓg empowers children and young people to develop their creative expression by providing opportunities for them to participate in free creative activities in their local area. It’s Ireland’s national day for ‘doing’, ‘making’ and ‘creating’! This year Cruinniú na nÓg will take place on Saturday 15th June across the country.

We invite individuals and organisations to submit proposals for Cruinniú na nÓg 2024 as part of the Creative Ireland Carlow Programme. Proposals can include ANY and ALL creative activities, performances, readings, workshops, interactive installations, etc. that can run in the lead up to Cruinniú with a main event on 15th June 2024 OR a one-off event happening on 15th June 2024.

Cruinniú na nÓg Carlow 2024 Application Form | Carlow County Council's Online Consultation Portal

For enquiries please contact:

Rambling House Open Call 2024

Creative Ireland Carlow launches new Rambling House Open Call 2024 funding opportunity. 

Carlow County Council has announced details of a new funding opportunity to support the development, promotion, and presentation of Rambling Houses in Carlow in 2024, through Creative Ireland. 

Rambling Houses historically were popular in communities across Ireland. They were a place where the locals would gather to be entertained, educated, and informed and included evenings filled with music, songs, dancing, stories, and side-splitting laughs! To this day, Rambling Houses celebrate and cherish the people of County Carlow through folklore and traditional art forms. Carlow Arts services, through Creative Ireland, strives to support creative initiatives that connect people, ideas, and communities. Through this open call we aim to support the Rambling House network in Carlow to support its long-term development and growth.

Speaking about the Open Call, Creative Communities Engagement Officer, Aileen Nolan said, “Carlow County Council is delighted to announce this new funding opportunity for 2024. We now invite individuals and organisations to submit proposals for the Creative Ireland Rambling House Open Call 2024 as part of the Creative Ireland Carlow Programme. Proposals can include all, creative activities, performances, readings, workshops etc. taking place as part of a Rambling House.”
Some examples of how this fund might be used includes: development of an exchange between other groups/younger people in the community or further afield, recording/documenting an event, hosting of a particular entertainer or special event, collecting and documenting stories and lore about a unique area or individual, ensuring traditional lore, or stories and music are passed on from generation to generation. Inclusion and representation are important to us to reflect the equality, diversity, and inclusion of our County. We actively encourage these applications.

Online submissions are now open and welcome. Application forms and Information about this new opportunity are available on 

Closing date is Friday 19th April at 12 noon.

The Creative Ireland Programme is managed through Carlow County Council Arts Service 
For information contact: Aileen Nolan – Creative Communities Engagement Officer
T: +353 (0)59 9136234 E:
or see ‘Creative Ireland Carlow’ and ‘Carlow Arts Office’ on FaceBook