The Department of Education are pleased to announce the opening of a new round of Creative Clusters (Press Release). The deadline for receipt of applications is 12th May 2023.
Each Creative Cluster will receive grant funding of €3,000 per school over a two-year period to implement their project in the 2023–2025 school years (e.g. a cluster of 3 schools would receive €9,000 over two years while a cluster of 5 schools would receive €15,000 over two years). Clusters will receive 50% of the total grant funding in Year 1, with the second 50% being provided in Year 2. In addition, but separate to the grant funding, all successful clusters are further supported with: A fully paid Creative Cluster Facilitator; paid Teacher Substitution to attend training and meetings; room hire, travel & subsistence.
Please see the following link for more information on Creative Clusters: Creative Clusters 2023
- Schools can apply as part of a cluster which may be an existing network of schools.
- A school nearing the end of year 2 of an existing Creative Cluster can reapply to be in a new cluster where the other schools in the new cluster have not participated before.
- Schools nearing the end of 2 years with Creative Schools are eligible to apply.
- The local Education Support Centre will have a key role in identifying and supporting a Creative Cluster for their local area.
Links to Guidelines and Application Forms below:
Applications should be sent to the local full-time Education Support Centre (list at Appendix 1 of Guidelines document on DoE website) or use this link Appendix 1
Any queries, please contact your local Education Centre or email Arts in Education Administration
Creative Clusters is an initiative of the Department of Education, led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Education Centres (Education Support Centres Ireland - ESCI) and funded through the Schools Excellence Fund.
Nationwide Creative Cluster Projects
Please use the following link to view the wonderful work of the 2021 West Cork Creative Clusters Project.
The Cluster was consited of three schools:
St Mary's Primary School, Rosscarbery, Co Cork
Mount St Michael Secondary School, Rosscarbery, Co Cork
Ardagh Boys National School, Rosscarbery, Co Cork