Colmcille funding is intended to support the development of strategies and projects in which the Gaelic language in Ireland and Scotland can draw people together from diverse backgrounds, within and between each country and region.

Applications will be accepted from organisations based on the island of Ireland which are able to promote the relations between the language communities of Scottish and Irish Gaelic and which have appropriate documentation in place.

Grants of up to £10,800 (€12,000) are available.

The funding may be used to meet the cost of projects and activities such as:

  • Projects which add to the strategic themes outlined in the Colmcille Strategy:The arts and media.
  • Heritage, environment and cultural tourism.
  • Learning of Irish and Scottish Gaelic.
  • Language planning, partnership and community development.
    Initiative planning with a partner in Scotland, or in Ireland if the applicant is a partner in Scotland.
  • Simultaneous translation or other arrangements, if appropriate, so that Irish and Scottish Gaelic can be used at the same event.
  • Workshops or training.
  • Travel, accommodation, subsistence and fees necessary to complete the project and which demonstrate value for money.
  • Any other activity which would be necessary in the opinion of Foras na Gaeilge and agreed in advance with Foras na Gaeilge.

Applications should be submitted as follows:

  • Applications for projects over two years 2023 and 2024 should be made under Colmcille Projects Scheme B. The deadline for applications is 28 September 2023.
  • Applications for projects in 2024 should be made under Colmcille Projects Scheme A 2024. The deadline for applications is 20 October 2023.

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