Skip to main content
European Commission logo


EACEA National Policies Platform:Eurydice
Ireland: Applications open for schools to receive funding under the Creative Clusters initiative

News & Articles

News & Articles

Ireland: Applications open for schools to receive funding under the Creative Clusters initiative

04 March 2024
holding lightbulb
Country news

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has recently invited schools and YouthReach centres across Ireland to apply to take part in Creative Clusters for the two years commencing September 2024. Up to €575,000 has been made available this year for Creative Clusters and this will enable up to 210 schools to come together across 42 clusters. 


Creative Clusters supports clusters of three to five schools to work together on building capacity in creativity with the support of a specialist facilitator.  


The programme is open to primary and post-primary schools, including special schools, as well as YouthReach centres. Creative Clusters support includes release time for schools to meet and develop their project, as well as funding of up to €15,000 to help bring their creative plans and ideas to fruition over the course of two years, from 2024 to 2026. The resources provided will help the schools to build a project of learning and activities tailor-made for their community with their students.  


Minister Foley said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for schools to work together on a creative project of their choice. Schools are given complete freedom to design and develop their own project, with support from a local facilitator and their local education centre. Creative Clusters will help schools to further enhance creativity in their classrooms. It will support students of all ages to develop creative and critical thinking skills, learning to adapt and collaborate as well as to enjoy and explore artistic and creative expression – whether through traditional arts, STEM or other creative avenues.” 


To date, Creative Clusters has given 591 schools in 168 clusters the opportunity to work together to develop creative projects and collaborate on new ideas based on their local experience and unique perspective.  


Each Creative Cluster will receive funding of €3,000 per school in each cluster over a two-year period to implement their project in the 2024–2026 school years. For example, a cluster of three schools would get €9,000 over two years while a cluster of five schools would receive €15,000 over two years. The application process until 10th May 2024. 


For more information:  

Latest News and Articles

Malta: The National Education Strategy 2024-2030 – Visioning the future by transforming education

11 July 2024

In May 2024, the Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation launched the National Education Strategy 2024-2030. The strategy, which is built on three


Ukraine: Transforming the preschool education system

04 July 2024

In implementing the state policy on preschool education in Ukraine, educational policymakers focus on creating a modern, high-quality, accessible, and inclusive learning environment that aligns


Bologna Process Implementation Report: An interview with our authors

02 July 2024

The new Bologna Process Implementation report has been recently published. It examines the latest policy commitments and their implementation in the European Higher Education Area


Focus On Interview: A conversation with Dr. Milica Popović on fundamental values in the European Higher Education Area

02 July 2024

Dr. Milica Popović is a political scientist specialising in memory studies, political sociology, and higher education studies. She obtained a PhD in comparative political sociology