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Minister Foley announces call for applications from schools for BLAST 2023 and Creative Clusters initiatives

Department of Education: BLAST and Creative Clusters


BLAST: 19th May 2023

Creative Clusters: 12th May 2023

The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has invited primary and post-primary schools to apply for the arts in education initiative, Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers (BLAST) 2023 and Creative Clusters. 


BLAST – Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teaches

BLAST will be running in 2023 for the third time. The 2023 programme will enable 425 new arts in education residencies in schools over the course of the year.

The aim of BLAST is to provide pupils in schools all over the country, time and the space to work with a professional artist on creative, imaginative and fun projects.

For Applications in English and Irish, please visit: https://www.edcentretralee.ie/blast.html

The deadline for receipt of applications is 19th May 2023.

Watch the promotional video for the TAP+ and BLAST initiatives: https://vimeo.com/825074868

Creative Clusters 

Each Creative Cluster will receive grant funding of €3,000 per school over a two-year period to implement their project in the 2023–2025 school years (e.g. a cluster of 3 schools would receive €9,000 over two years while a cluster of 5 schools would receive €15,000 over two years). Clusters will receive 50% of the total grant funding in Year 1, with the second 50% being provided in Year 2.  In addition, but separate to the grant funding, all successful clusters are further supported with: A fully paid Creative Cluster Facilitator; paid Teacher Substitution to attend training and meetings; room hire, travel & subsistence.

For Applications in English and Irish please visit: https://www.edcentretralee.ie/creative-clusters.html

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12th May 2023.

For more information on both initiatives please visit: https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/5e9e9-minister-foley-announces-call-for-applications-from-schools-for-blast-2023-and-creative-clusters-initiatives/

Watch the promotional video for theCreative Clusters initiative: https://vimeo.com/825072944