The scheme seeks to reach children and young people across the island of Ireland.  Our aim is to harness the experience and expertise of organisations working in the creative, cultural, arts, community and youth sectors to engage young people. Together we can bring children and young people together and nurture a sense of collaboration, understanding and hope for the future, through a creative medium.

We are seeking projects from partnerships that are of significant scale and ambition. Applications should have at least one partner based in each jurisdiction. Grant funding of up to €180,000 will be awarded to at least 3 projects. It is envisaged that at least one grant will be awarded to a partnership that targets seldom heard children and young people. The projects should run between June 2024 to December 2025.


Applications must be jointly made with at least one partner based in Ireland, and at least one partner based in Northern Ireland with a lead partner identified for the project and for the process of application. Applications are sought from the following types of organisations:

  • Youth organisations
  • Community development organisations
  • Arts and cultural organisations or institutions
  • Family Resource Centres
  • Local Authorities (not as lead partner but as part of a partnership)
  • Registered Charities or not-for-profit organisations
  • Philanthropic and research bodies and Foundations
  • Arts and cultural organisations or institutions
  • Creative organisations, networks, museums, galleries and art centres
  • Education and Training Boards (ETBs)11. Social enterprises12. Business, commercial companies

As a community initiative, it is not open for schools to participate, however activities may take place in a school premises outside of school hours.


We are seeking projects for 0-24 year olds across the island of Ireland to engage in creativity. Key to the project is high quality engagement between participants and that the children and young people have a role in its development. Appendix 1 of the Brief provides information on youth participation in decision making.

There will be maximum grant of €180,000 per project available and we envisage funding at least 3 projects. Each project should be delivered by a number of partners working in collaboration.

The timeframe for the projects to run are June 2024 to December 2025.Due to the commitment within the Creative Youth Plan 2023-2027 to young people who are considered seldom heard, we envisage that at least one of the projects funded would target a cohort in this category.

Further details on Information Sessions, Briefing Documents, Terms & Conditions and How To Apply – Please click here


If you have any queries on the fund or the application process, you may email with the subject line ‘Creative Youth on a Shared Island Funding Scheme’.

Closing Date For Applications is 5pm Monday 25th March 2024

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Date Posted: 10 January 2024
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