Creativity in Older Age Scheme 2023


Creativity is a set of innate abilities and learned skills, the capacity of individuals and organisations to transcend accepted ideas and norms and, by drawing on imagination, to create new ideas that bring additional value to human activity. Through performing or visual arts, culture, and heritage-based activities, creativity has been demonstrated to play an important role in promoting positive health and wellbeing because it creates a space for social connection, enhancing self-esteem and resilience. It helps people to de-stress and relax, and supports people to manage their health and wellbeing and enable recovery.

The Creative Ireland Programme developed and implemented the Creativity in Older Age scheme in 2020 to support specific creative initiatives to support positive ageing and wellbeing programmes for older people, taking account of public health guidance in the community and for healthcare facilities.This initiative has run yearly since its inception and has been renewed for 2023. Isolation continues to affect older citizens particularly in rural areas and this scheme seeks to address this issue by bringing creative engagement to citizens rather than having them seek it out.

The Creativity in Older Age scheme in 2023 will consist of two separate strands relating to (a) live music performance in residential healthcare settings and (b) other forms of creative engagement in community and/or healthcare settings.

Application and Evaluation Process

Applications to the following link should clearly describe:

  • the creative programme of engagement, delivery schedule and expected outcomes;
  • how the objectives of the Creativity in Older Age 2023 will be met;
    experience and expertise of programme partners and management;
  • costs, including costs funded elsewhere, and amount of funding requested from this scheme.

If applicants are having issues with due to accessibility reasons, please email for assistance before April 12th.

For further information click here.

Deadline 12th April 2023