- Encouraging the use of Irish in the community after a few difficult years due to the pandemic
- Encourage community groups inside and outside the Gaeltacht to organise community events again
- Use Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia 2022 as a focus to encourage groups to submit applications during March 2022
- Encourage people who weren't able to participate in events during the pandemic, to be active in these new events
- Attract people from different backgrounds who have not previously taken part in Irish language events to take part in your event
- Assist groups that promote the Irish language in the community, both in Gaeltacht areas and outside of them
- Distribute the fund nationwide with events organized in each county (in the 26 southern counties only*)
- Grants available for events taking place between 1 April & 30 June 2022
- Applications will be accepted until 31 March 2022
- Schools or local authorities cannot apply for the fund.
- The fund cannot provide funding for political events
- It is possible to apply to the fund for bilingual events but the Irish language must be central to the event
- If funding is accepted, the groups accept the fund's publicity plan with regards to usage of logos and hashtags
- This scheme is limited to events in the 26 counties only.
- Grants of € 1,000 will be awarded from the fund
Date: 09 March 2022
“Ciste Spreagtha” announced to spark Irish language events in the community now that the pandemic restrictions have been reduced
Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia will administer this fund, to continue its celebration of the 120th Anniversary of the festival in 2022. The ‘Ciste Spreagadh’ is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
Paula Melvin, President of Conradh na Gaeilge said:
“We are very grateful to Minister of State Jack Chambers and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for providing generous funding to Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia to encourage the use of Irish in the community after a few difficult years due to Covid restrictions on events. This fund will encourage community groups inside and outside the Gaeltacht to organise community events again now that the pandemic constraints have been reduced. Groups will have an opportunity during Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia 2022, which is celebrating its 120th anniversary, to apply for funding to organise major events in their communities”.
Minister of State and Government Chief Whip, Jack Chambers, TD said:
“The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and the Media is delighted to provide this funding to Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia to encourage the Irish language community to organise events again and to attract new people to the language during Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia and in the coming weeks and months. I understand that the pandemic has been challenging but we now have an opportunity to look ahead and provide a fun and wide-ranging programme of events for the community with the Irish language at the heart of it. At the same time we will also celebrate the 120th anniversary of Seachtain na Gaeilge.”
Orlaith Nic Ghearailt, Manager of Seachtain na Gaeilge said:
“We hope that the ‘Ciste Spreagtha’ will greatly encourage people from the Irish language and Gaeltacht community to attend community events again. In addition there will also be a particular emphasis on attracting people who did not take part in online events during the pandemic due to technology and other difficulties and also attract people from different backgrounds who do not normally take part in Irish language events. This support fund is also a great way to encourage groups who take part in Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia, to continue organising Irish language or bilingual events after the festival.”
The ‘Ciste Spreagtha’ is only open to community groups in the 26 southern counties and you can apply and / or get more details at: www.snag.ie/cs. The deadline for submitting an application is Thursday, 31st of March, at 17.00 p.m. Eligible events can take place between 1 April & 30 June 2022.
Grants of €1,000 will be awarded to groups who successfully secure funding from the fund. A program of events will be published with the funded events and will be circulated to the general public.
Orlaith Nic Ghearailt
Manager of Seachtain na Gaeilge, Awareness Campaigns & Human Resources of Conradh na Gaeilge
Julian de Spáinn,
General Secretary of Conradh na Gaeilge
NOTES FOR THE EDITOR:
- In 2021 Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia co-ordinated a fund of £150,000 funded by the Department of Communities in the North for Seachtain na Gaeilge events in the 6 counties only. 50 groups were successful in securing funding from this fund.
- ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia’ is a Conradh na Gaeilge festival set up by the organisation in 1902 and the Conradh been co-ordinating the festival ever since. Conradh na Gaeilge receives funding from Foras na Gaeilge to organise the event.
- Conradh na Gaeilge is the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community. The Conradh has over 180 branches and numerous individual members registered around the world, members that work hard to promote the use of Irish in their own areas. Conradh na Gaeilge’s main aim is to promote the use of Irish as the standard language in Ireland. Conradh na Gaeilge was established by Douglas Hyde, Eoin Mac Néill, and their colleagues on the 31st of July 1893. The organisation runs Irish-language courses; advocates for the language rights of Irish-speakers; raises awareness about the language; hosts the international Irish-language festival Seachtain na Gaeilge; manages the Irish-language information hub PEIG.ie and the Irish-language bookshop An Siopa Leabhar; supports Raidió Rí-Rá; and much more. More information: cnag.ie
- This funding is provided by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and the Media through the Irish Language Fund from the National Lottery