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Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme - Call for Applications

Up to €5,000 available: Do you have a good idea for a youth arts project but need funding to work with an artist?

Applications are now open for the Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme programme for projects commencing in September 2017. The scheme is managed by the National Youth Council of Ireland on behalf of the Arts Council and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs by whom it is jointly funded.

The scheme is designed to promote innovative partnerships between youth groups, artists and (where relevant) arts organisations. A residency may take the form of an artist in residence in a youth work setting and/or a youth group in residence in an arts setting.

An application form, application guidelines and further information are available at this link:

NYCI will also host an information clinic for potential applicants on

11am-12.30pm St Andrew’s Resource Centre, Pearse St, Dublin 2

Wednesday, 5th July 2017

To book a place please email

If you cannot attend but are interested in taking part in an online information clinic please email to register your interest. A date and time will be arranged to suit as many participants as possible.

Youth Arts Networking Meeting - Dublin Region

Networking seminar for youth workers/volunteers and youth arts practitioners.
Time: 10-2pm (including networking light lunch)

Date: Tuesday, 4th July 2017
Location: National Gallery of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2.
Cost: Free!

Are you interested in meeting with your peers and colleagues and getting new ideas for arts programmes and projects with your youth groups? NYCI Youth Arts Programme is delighted to announce a networking seminar for youth workers, volunteers and youth arts practitioners in the Dublin region on the morning of Tuesday, 4th July 2017. We are really excited to announce that our partner for the seminar is the Education Dept of the National Gallery of Ireland who will also host the seminar. Participants will be among the first visitors to tour the newly reopened gallery and hear about the programmes and offers the Education Dept has that could be of interest to your groups, there will be a practical funding support session from NYCI Youth Arts Programme as well as the opportunity to network with your peers over a light lunch in one of Dublin's most beautiful spaces! This seminar is free but expected to fill up quickly so book your place now with


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ECO-UNESCO’s EPV-Accredited Training - 3rd-7th July 2017

Come and Learn about Nature in Nature with ECO-UNESCO’s ‘Junior Eco-Watchers Training! Teachers can expect to learn new approaches and practical skills and to be provided with a wide range of resources for developing environmental education activities both inside and outside the classroom, using interesting and engaging methodologies associated with Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The course will cover the following topics: Climate Change; Waste; Water; Action Project Planning; and an Outdoor Education Daytrip. This course is suitable for 3rd-6th Class teachers but may also be useful for junior cycle teachers or youth leaders working with children aged 9-15. Early Bird €50 by June 23rd. Full price €90. Venue: ECO-UNESCO, 9 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2; 3-7 July. For more information & bookings, contact Dave at: (01) 662 5491 or

Talk About Youth - showcase success

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Junior fishing clubs and youth groups invited to get in front of the camera and reel in the votes

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The Gaff: A new play by the Complex Youth Theatre

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Bursary: Diploma in Human Rights and Equality

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Irish community voices feature in new Love and Courage podcast founder and social campaigner Ruairí McKiernan has launched a new podcast featuring in-depth audio interviews with leading social innovators, thinkers and campaigners. Guests include Christy Moore, Sister Stan, Professor Ivor Browne, Senator Frances Black, Siobhán O'Donoghue, Caoimhe Butterly, Eamon Stack, Sunny Jacobs, Senator Lynn Ruane, Liam O'Maonlaí and Dil Wickremasinghe. New episodes are being released weekly in the coming months. The podcast is a community supported initiative and available free of charge. People can download on their iPhone using the podcast App or through Apps such as Podcast Addict on Android phones. Alternatively the podcast can be found on Soundcloud and Youtube. Listeners are invited to be part of the Love and Courage community and support its development by becoming a sponsor or patron. Find out more and sign-up for updates on new episodes at

Dormant Accounts Fund

New call for applications under the following Dormant Accounts Fund (DAF) Measures.
Measure 2: Life after caring
Measure 4: Pre-activation support for female Refugees
The closing date for receipt of applications is 3pm on Wednesday 26th July 2017.
Find out more.

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