GCCN Network News 2019 #36

8th November 2019

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News.
Below we have information on:

Events and meetings:
Call for interest: Funding opportunities: Reports: Other:

Events and Meetings

Western Region Drug & Alcohol Task Force
Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week 2019

11th - 15th November 

The Western Region Drug & Alcohol Task Force 2019 Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week will take place from the 11th to the15th of November this year. 
The list of events is available for download at the link below.

Highlights of the events held in Galway city include:

  • Building Resilience In Our Youth - Conference which takes place on Tuesday 12th November in Clayton Hotel, Galway from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. See link to tickets below.
  • Raising Resilient Children in a Digital Era - Talk which takes place on Tuesday 12th November in Clayton Hotel, Galway from 7pm to 8.30pm. See link to tickets below.
WRDATF Awareness Week 2019 Programme
Building Resilience In Our Youth - Conference Tickets
Raising Resilient Children in a Digital Era - Talk Tickets

Galway Science & Technology Festival
Events for the Community

The 22nd Galway Science & Technology Festival runs this year from the 11th to the 24th of November. The theme for the 2019 Festival is ‘Climate Action’.

Some of the highlights for community groups are:

‘Walk of the Boreens’ – Galway City’s Hidden Rural Landscapes

When: 17th November, 1pm
Where: ‘The Plots’ (old sportsfield), Dyke Road (Woodquay end)

Discover some of Galway City’s best kept secret in a delightful leisurely ramble along a network of river walks and country lanes (‘boreens’) embracing Terryland, Coolough, Ballinfoile and Menlo through a rich diverse rural landscape of wetlands, rivers, woods, hedgerows, farmland, castles, ancient villages and karst limestone hills.
See details here at the link below.

Extinction, Celtic Tree Alphabet & Nature Walk with Gordon D’Arcy

When: 21st November, 1pm - 3pm (for public & communities)
Where: Terryland Forest Park, Galway

Join this Guided Nature Walk with renowned ecologist Gordon D’Arcy in Terryland Forest Park that will take participants through an area of the city where woods, waterways, wetlands and meadows have become home to an amazing variety of wildlife. The tour will include new sculpture trails devoted to the ancient Celtic Ogham script and animals.
See details here or at the link below.

OpenStreetMap Workshop

When: 23rd November, 11am - 2.30pm
Where: Insight Centre for Data Analytics Data Science Institute, IDA Business Park, Dangan, Galway

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway is hosting a workshop for community groups, environmentalists, science researchers, geographers, planners, teachers and students to learn about and participate in Open Street Mapping, a free, editable map of the whole world that is being built by volunteers.
See details here or at the link below.

The full list of events and further details are available at the links below.

Full List of Events
Walk of the Boreens
Extinction, Celtic Tree Alphabet & Nature Walk
OpenStreetMap Workshop
Galway Science & Technology Festival Festival 2019

Meet, Share and Learn Networking Event
For Community Organisations 

Loughrea, 14th November 

Meet, Share and Learn is a networking and information session for nonprofits in Galway and surrounding counties that offers an opportunity to share the great work that is happening in communities and to learn about supports available. Board members, volunteers and staff of charities, community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises, local community activists are welcome.

When: Thursday, 14th November, 2pm - 4.30pm
Where: Loughrea Hotel and Spa, Loughrea, Co. Galway

Attendance of this event is free - but registration at the link below is required.

Connect with fellow community organisations in your area, share your experiences and the challenges that impact on your work and learn about innovative approaches to addressing issues that affect you.

This gathering is also a perfect opportunity to learn a little more about the new Charities Governance Code and what it might mean for your organisation and about the resources we have to support you in your Code journey.

Additionally, with a General Election looming (perhaps as soon as the first half of 2020), this will also be your chance to highlight the issues and concerns your nonprofit would most like to see raised and to make.

Find more information and the registration link below.

Further Info and Registration

Transportation and Infrastructure SPC 

Meeting on 12th November

The next Transportation Strategic Policy Committee meeting will be held at 9am on Tuesday, 12th November, 2019 in Training Room, Ground Floor, City Hall.

For further details contact the Galway City Corporate Services Department on 091 536431.

Galway City Council
GCCN Diary Dates

Climate Action, Environment, Recreation & Amenity SPC 

Meeting on 19th November

The first meeting of the Climate Action, Environment, Recreation and Amenity SPC will take place in the Council Chamber, City Hall, College Rd. on Tuesday the 19th November, 2019 at 2.30pm.

For further details contact the Galway City Corporate Services Department on 091 536431.

Galway City Council
GCCN Diary Dates

National Social Enterprise Conference 2019
Dublin, 21st November

Ireland's First Annual National Social Enterprise Conference will take place at Croke Park, Dublin on November 21st, 2019. 
This full-day event is a commitment in the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019-2022 and will be an opportunity for social enterprise stakeholders to network, share information and best practice.

When: Thursday, 21st November, 09.30am - 4pm
Where: Croke Park - Cusack Stand Entrance, Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra, Dublin

Further information and registrations are available at the link below.

The conference will include 3 parallel sessions in the afternoon. When registering you will be invited to indicate which of these 3 sessions you would like to attend.

  • Parallel Session 1: Growing Social Enterprise at local level
  • Parallel Session 2: Supply Chain, Procurement and Market Opportunities for Social Enterprises
  • Parallel Session 3: Social Enterprise and the Community and Voluntary Sector: Complementarity of Purpose
Attendance at these sessions is limited, so register early to book your place.

Ireland’s first National Social Enterprise Policy was launched by the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) on 18 July 2019, with the objective creating an enabling environment for social enterprise to grow and to contribute more fully to Ireland’s social and economic progress. 

Social enterprises are businesses whose core objective is to achieve a social, societal, or environmental impact. Like other businesses, social enterprises pursue their objectives by trading in goods and services on an ongoing basis. However, surpluses generated by social enterprises are re-invested into achieving the core social objectives.
They frequently work to support disadvantaged groups such as the long-term unemployed, people with disabilities, travellers, etc., or to address issues such as food poverty, social housing, or environmental matters.

National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019-2022

Call For Interest

Call for Community Representative
College of MNHS Civic Engagement Committee

The Civic Engagement Committee, within the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, NUI Galway are currently seeking a new community representative to serve on this committee, for up to two years.

The function of the Civic Engagement Committee is to champion, communicate and collaborate on civic engagement.  Civic Engagement describes partnerships and collaborations between the College and community, including activities such as community-based learning, community-engaged research, volunteering and broadening access to University education from under-represented groups.

The Civic Engagement Committee is a well-established and active group with staff, student and two Community Representatives that meet monthly on the third Tuesday of the month from 3pm to 4pm, with the facility to attend the meeting online via Zoom. 

Role Description
The Community Representative
role is voluntary as no payment is received for attending. 
Duties and meeting attendance can be divided between the two community representatives if it is not possible for them both to attend. 
Ideally, the candidate is Galway based. No specific training or prior knowledge is required however it is suggested that the candidate may have:

  • Knowledge of and/or interest in civic engagement.
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in the university.
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in health/healthcare.

The candidate should be comfortable working with a diverse group of people including lecturers and students from the College and staff from the University’s Community Knowledge Initiative. They should be able to both listen to others and to express their own opinions.

 If interested in applying please contact

Please see the letter of invite at the link below.
Letter of Invite CE Committee Community Rep

Participate in Galway 2020 Opening Ceremony
Open call for up to 2,020 people

Galway 2020 is on a hunt for Opening Ceremony participants. An open call has been issued for up to 2,020 people from communities across Galway city, county and beyond to be part of Galway’s European Capital of Culture opening ceremony celebrations.

This opening event will be like no other and will draw on local themes and traditions from across the county. Percussionists and chanters are just some of the roles being cast in the seven day-long opening celebrations.

Participation is open to anyone over the age of 18 and organisers are calling on families, friends, neighbours, teammates and community groups to sign up to take their place in what will be a week to remember marking the beginning of an extraordinary year. All abilities are welcome. If you can clap your hands, stamp your feet or bang a pot and pan together, then you are exactly who is needed.

Rehearsals will take place in advance of the opening ceremony and the volunteer performers will be working with world-class creative talent. A commitment of between 6 and 30 hours of rehearsals, depending on your individual role in the ceremony will be required.

Check the links below for more details and for registrations.

Further Info
Registration Link
Galway 2020 Opening Ceremony

Funding Opportunities

Festivals Investment Scheme
The Arts Council

Deadline: 14th November 2019

The Arts Council announces round two of the Festivals Investment Scheme (FIS) for festivals
taking place July - December 2020.

There are three bands of funding available:

  • Band A: Up to €7,000
  • Band B: Between €7,001 and €20,000
  • Band C: Between €20,001 and €35,000

The banding structure of funding available matches the different developmental stages of festival practice. Band A for smaller festivals, new festival ideas, Band B for small to mid-scale festivals seeking to build capacity, Band C for festivals strategically driven with a commitment to artistic leadership.

See details and application guidelines at the link below.

Festivals Investment Scheme - Details and Application

Support to European Cooperation Projects 2020
Call for Proposals 

Creative Europe Programme
Deadline: 27th November 2019

Creative Europe is the European Commission's framework programme for support to the culture and audiovisual sectors. Following on from the previous Culture Programme and MEDIA programme, Creative Europe, with a budget of €1.46 billion (9% higher than its predecessors), will support Europe's cultural and creative sectors.
Proposals are currently invited for the Support to European Cooperation Projects 2020.
Deadline 27th November 2019

See details and application guidelines at the links below.

Support to European Cooperation Projects 2020
EU Commission: Calls for Proposals

The Major Arts Events Scheme 2020
Foras na Gaeilge

Deadline: 22nd November 2019

Foras na Gaeilge is the new body responsible for the promotion of the Irish language throughout the whole island of Ireland.

The Major Arts Events Scheme will be open to appropriate professional groups to give them an opportunity to develop major arts events or elements of major arts events being run and implemented through the medium of Irish or of which the language-based Irish language arts are a central part.

This scheme focuses on major events which aim to foster and promote the Irish language and language-based Irish language arts through the medium of Irish or bilingually as a part of a major event. As well as that, this scheme focuses on the Irish language social networks, the general public and the arts sector on an all-island and international basis.    

Deadline: 12noon, Friday 22 November 2019

Criteria, application form and related documents are available at the link below.

Foras na Gaeilge - Major Arts Events Scheme 2020

EPA - Event Support Grants

Deadline: 31st December 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency provides funding to support science, technology, research and innovation projects through grant-aid to third-level institutions, state agencies, government departments, local and regional authorities, the private sector and individuals.
The EPA research programme has allocated budget to provide funding to support workshops, seminars and other events. Normally the amount of funding per event will not exceed €3,000.

Funding is provided only for events with clear relevance to Irish environmental research priorities and on the condition that the events are run on a not-for-profit basis.

Applications should be made online via the EPA’s Grant Management and Application Portal.
Funding is available as a rolling call with four submission deadlines each year (31st December; 31st March; 30th June; 30th September).

Further details available at the link below.

EPA - Event Support Grants

Travel and Training Award 2020
The Arts Council

Opening: 29th November 2019

Travel and Training for activities taking place in 2020 will open for applications at 5.35pm on Friday 29th November 2019.
Applications will be accepted for Travel and Training activities taking place in 2020 in relation to the following art forms and arts practices: Architecture, Arts Centres, Arts Participation, Circus, Dance, Festivals, Film, Literature, Music, Opera, Street Arts and Spectacle, Theatre, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts, Young People, Children and Education
(YPCE) and Creative Europe (Culture Sub-programme).

The Travel and Training Award has three main strands with different objectives and priorities:

  • Travel and training outbound;
  • Travel and training inbound;
  • Creative Europe (Culture Sub-programme) Travel Award.

Further details and application guidelines are available at the link below.

Travel and Training Award 2020


Climate Action Plan 2019

First Progress Report Published

The First Progress Report on the Climate Action Plan has been published recently.
The Climate Action Plan 2019 sets out an ambitious course of action over the coming years to address the issue of Climate Breakdown.

The Plan identifies the nature and scale of the challenge while outlining the current state of play across key sectors including Electricity, Transport, Built Environment, Industry and Agriculture and charts a course towards ambitious decarbonisation targets.

Check the links below for further info on the Plan and the First Report.

Climate Action Plan
First Progress Report
Speech of Leo Varadkar at Launch of First Progress Report

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