GCCN News 2020

March 13th

Welcome to this edition of GCCN Network News. Below we have information on:
Events and Meetings Open Calls and Funding Opportunities    Reminders: Other:

GCCN Submission on Galway City Council Arts Strategy 2020-2025

Invitation for Suggestions by 20th March
All GCCN members are invited to contribute to the submission that Galway City Community Network will be lodging on the Galway City Council Arts Strategy 2020-2025.

If you wish to contribute to GCCN's submission please send us your comments at before 5pm on Friday the 20th March 2020.

Please find GCCN's position on Arts, Culture and Heritage at page 22 in the Policies & Positions document available for download below.
GCCN Policies & Positions

Individual submissions on the Galway City Council Arts Strategy 2020-2025 can be made with Galway City Council as follows:
  • by completing the short online questionnaire available here.
  • by making a written submission to:
    Galway City Arts Office,
    City Hall, College Road,
    Galway, H91 X4K8.
The closing date for returning the individual submissions to Galway City Council is 5pm on Friday the 27th March 2020.

See further details below.
Galway City Council - “Have Your Say”
Galway City Arts Plan 2016-2018

GCCN Representatives Training Notes 

In 2019, Galway City Community Network organised a training session for GCCN representatives with Elaine Harvey.

The notes of that session are available for
download at the link below.
GCCN RepresentativesTraining Notes
Meetings and Events


Local Community Development Committee Meeting
8th April

A Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) meeting will be held on Wednesday, 8th April (check diary dates here).

The GCCN Representatives on the LCDC are Maria Molloy, Margret  Ó Riada, Niall O’ Brolcháin, Terrence McDonough, James Coyne (check all GCCN representatives here).

If you wish to submit any appropriate suggestions for consideration for the upcoming LCDC meeting, please contact

Please find further information at the link below.

Please note that the documentation is updated on the website as soon as it becomes available, so please check the post regularly.

LCDC Meeting

Project BAA BAA

Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture
Free Events - May to June 2020

Project BAA BAA, a Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture production, celebrates the unique contribution of sheep to our lives. Through a series of exhibitions and events, the European Congress of Sheep Farming & Associated Traditions explores developments in farming, food production, wool, agritourism, innovation and sustainability through a conference, sheep day with workshops, a schools’ program, fine art symposium and exhibitions, fashion and textile showcases, a film series and even a banquet!  
The free events listing includes:
  • ❤️ #projectbaabaa #galway2020 @galway2020Aran: Artifact, Culture, Land Textiles 3rd Level, CCAM GMIT 17th April – 8th May
  • Aran Jumper & North Atlantic Traditional Woollen Knits 17th April – 8th May
  • Primary Schools Sheep Project, Schools and St. Nicholas Church, Galway 1st May – 31st May
  • Recrafting Ireland | Dun Emer Guild, NUI Galway 20th May – 19th June
  • Tapestry Exhibitions | Interconnections, Timelines on the Edge and Tapestry 20/20 NUI Galway 22nd May – 19th June
  • Pedigree Sheep Breed Wool Portraits | Kathy Ross, Claregalway Castle 29th May – 12th June
See further details at the links below.
Project BAA BAA
Open Calls and Funding Opportunities
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New Fund Aimed at Helping Vulnerable Communities With Covid-19
Find Out How to Help

The Community Foundation for Ireland are starting an immediate response fund and are currently reaching out to donors and other supporters.
The fund aims to support organisations that are dealing with those most critically affected by the Coronavirus, particularly vulnerable groups such as the elderly and those with respiratory issues.

If you would like to find out more information please contact your Grants and Donor Services Executive, alternatively you can ring the office at 01 874 7354 and ask to speak to Hazel Hennessy or email

See details at the link below.
Further Details Here

Begin Together Fund 2020

Cut-off Date For Applications: 31st March

The Begin Together fund will support new and existing project-based activities with grants of up to €5,000 for local, not for profit groups working to improve the financial physical and/or mental wellbeing of the communities they serve across all counties on the island of Ireland.

Applications are welcome from charities and not-for-profit community groups working in communities that address one or more of the strands of wellbeing as outlined in the fund criteria which can be found here.

Interested organisations are invited to complete the online application form before 4pm on Tuesday, March 31st.  

All necessary details on the application process are available at the link below.

Begin Together Fund - Application

Open Call: Summer School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice
Cut-off Date For Applications: May 18th

Create are delighted to announce the third Summer School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice for up to 15 artists, held from the 20th to 24th July 2020.

The Summer School is an initiative of The Arts Council’s Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme and managed by Create, the national development for collaborative arts.

This summer school is interdisciplinary both in curriculum and composition of participants, presenters and facilitators. It takes the form of a five-day residency enabling a ‘think and do’ collaborative approach, utilizing creative workshops, critical and comparative case studies, one-to-one mentoring, international guest artists including curators, policymakers and activists.

The deadline for submission is 5pm on May 18th, 2020.

See all necessary details at the links below.
Applications and Further Details
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Details on Facebook
Details on Twitter

AGM & March Plenary 
As the scheduled date for GCCN's Annual General Meeting and first Plenary of 2020 falls within the period of the government ban on events due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the GCCN Secretariat has, with regret, taken the decision to postpone the event until such time as it is deemed safe to organise large meetings again.

Check the link below for further details.
GCCN AGM & March Plenary - Postponed

GCCN Vacancies
Expressions of Interest Invited
GCCN Secretariat
GCCN Representative
Galway Sports Partnership  


Interested in becoming a member of the GCCN Secretariat?
There are a number of vacancies on the GCCN Secretariat.

Please send the completed expression of interest form to before the cut-off date on 
Wednesday, March 18th at 4pm.

Download the expression of interest form here.

Please note that all GCCN Secretariat members are/will be Directors and Trustees of Galway City Community Network.

Interested in becoming a GCCN Representative on Galway Sports Partnership?

Please send the completed nomination form to 
before the cut-off date on 
Wednesday, March 18th at 4pm. 

Download the guidelines here and the nomination form here.
Please note that only nominations and expressions of interest received by
March 18th will be considered.
Nominations from the floor will not be taken.

For questions please contact

See the GCCN Representatives' Charter below for further info.
GCCN Representatives' Charter
GCCN Representatives Training Notes
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Advice

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called Coronavirus.

Please read and follow the advice at the link below to protect yourself and others.
Covid-19 Advice

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