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Deadline for Applications for SEF - Creative Clusters extended to Friday 22nd of June 2018

Schools Excellence Fund - Creative Clusters

The closing date for applications for the grant of €2,500  by the Creative cluster schools (3-5 schools) has been extended to Friday 22 June 2018.


Minister opens second call to School Excellence Fund – DEIS and invites applications to School Excellence Fund – Creative:

Applications can be submitted by the deadline of 22 June 2018 to the Education Centre, Tralee. Detailed information on Creative Clusters and how to apply can be found at:


Creative Clusters is a pilot initiative of the Department of Education and Skills, led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Teacher Education Centres.

What is a Creative Cluster?

A Creative Cluster will typically consist of between three and five schools (primary & post primary) collaborating on the design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of an innovative arts and creative learning project which supports them to address a common issue or challenge.



If my school has applied to the Arts Council to be a Creative School can we also apply to the Creative Clusters initiative?

You are eligible to apply to both initiatives; however, in the event that your application to Creative Schools is successful you will not be eligible to also participate in the Creative Cluster Initiative. This is in order to ensure that as broad a range of schools as possible receive support to develop their capacity in the area of the arts and creativity.

Is there a connection between Creative Schools and Creative Clusters?

Yes. Creative Schools and Creative Clusters are both important initiatives of Creative Youth – A Plan to Enable the Creative Potential of Every Child and Young Person, which was published in December 2017 as part of the Creative Ireland Programme.

“We anticipate that there may be opportunities for schools in both pilot initiatives to come together to share learning and best practice and that across Ireland a community of schools can connect, grow and support other schools on their journey”.


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