The SPARK Mini-Grant Scheme is now closed. Many thanks to all the youth work groups & organisations that submitted fabulous applications. We look forward to hearing all about the 2024 workshops during the SPARK Youth Arts Festival!
Information about the SPARK MIni-Grant Scheme 2024
Each year, the SPARK Mini-Grants (worth €300) aim to support youth arts taster workshops for young people aged 10 to 25 in youth work and non-formal education settings – sparking young people’s interest in new art forms and ideas as well as supporting new working relationships with local artists! This year, in keeping with the thematic focus of the 2024 festival, the SPARK mini-grant scheme also focused on promoting Inclusion!
Organisations and young people were encouraged to embrace this theme in their application by considering one of the following actions:
Prioritise inclusive access in terms of youth participation i.e. young people coming from marginalised and/ or ethnic minority background
Collaborate with an artist from a marginalised and/ or ethnic minority background
Explore the concept of inclusion and what this means to young people using youth arts methodology
The outcomes of the youth arts workshops funded by the SPARK Mini-Grant Scheme will be shared during the Youth Arts Showcase as part of the SPARK Youth Arts Festival!
Key Dates – 2024
Application Deadline: Monday, Jan 29th @ 5pm
Applicants informed of grant allocations: Tuesday Jan 30th
Funded youth arts taster workshops must take place by: Monday, February 19th
Funded groups must submit a short report on youth arts taster workshops by: Monday, February 19th
In selecting successful grant applicants, NYCI Youth Arts Programme prioritised applications which:
are submitted from organisations in the youth work or non-formal education sectors with a compliant Child Safeguarding Statement.
support taster youth arts workshops for young people aged 10 to 25 to work collaboratively with an artist to experience new art forms and develop their ideas.
address the theme of inclusion by working with young people and/or artists from marginalised or minority backgrounds or exploring the concept of inclusion through youth arts.
engage with a diverse range of arts mediums and achieve a geographical spread across the country.