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Mayo Advertiser
30 Nollaig 2015

€40,000 up for grabs for Seachtain na Gaeilge 2016 groups

Conradh na Gaeilge is delighted to be able to increase the 2016 Seachtain na Gaeilge Support Fund with €40,000 in funding from the Community Foundation in Ireland announced this week. Grants of between €500 and €2,500 will be available to organisations and groups running community events and campaigns for Seachtain na Gaeilge 2016 thanks to this support fund.

The fund will open for application on Monday January 11 2016, and groups will have until Friday January 29, to apply for grants to organise Seachtain na Gaeilge events or campaigns as part of the international Irish-language festival from March 1 to 17. Conradh na Gaeilge will announce the results of the funding soon after that and the successful community groups will receive the grants by Friday February 19.

Conchubhair Mac Lochlainn, chairperson of Seachtain na Gaeilge says: "This is a fantastic opportunity for community groups to organise bigger and better events and campaigns for Seachtain na Gaeilge 2016, and we hope to share the rewards of this increased support fund across the entire island."

Brenda Ní Ghairbhí, manager of Seachtain an Gaeilge, says "Conradh na Gaeilge is delighted to be in a position to provide grants for groups that work tirelessly on the ground to promote the Irish language within the community. We are extremely grateful to The Community Foundation for Ireland for this funding as it signals a huge step forward for Seachtain na Gaeilge.

This support fund means that the community events and campaigns being organised for the Seachtain na Gaeilge 2016 festival will be more varied and of an even higher standard because of the valuable support it will provide to participating groups next year."

The applications to the Seachtain na Gaeilge 2016 Support Fund will be assessed on the event/campaign plan(s); on the appropriate experience of the organiser; on how the event(s)/campaign(s) will promote the Irish language; on the event/campaign budget layout; and on the cultural and historical connections of the event(s)/campaign(s), including links with the 1916 commemorations.

More information on the support fund can be found on the Seachtain na Gaeilge website at www.snag.ie/fund and the application form will be available from the website from January 11 but groups can register their inerest in applying for the fund now by emailing fund@cnag.ie

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