"Small Towns, Big Ideas" - New Fund for Galway

Calling all communities in Galway City and County. Galway 2020 has launched its first flagship programme Small Towns Big Ideas. Any community group in Galway City and County can apply for funding to develop a new cultural project in their community. This is your chance to make cultural waves in your community and to be part of making Galway 2020 a global success.

Galway will be the European Capital of Culture in 2020, a year in which hundreds of projects and events will take place bringing audiences and artists together from near and far in a celebration and exploration of our three central themes –  language, landscape, and migration.

“Small Towns Big Ideas” celebrates “Meitheal” – the ancient Irish tradition of coming together for a common purpose, working together to ensure that all succeed in achieving a goal. Any community from Galway City and County can apply for support to work with artists or cultural practitioners on projects.


Projects can request part-funding or full-funding for the amount required, starting at €1,000 to a maximum contribution of €20,000.

Small Towns Big Ideas will be delivered in two waves:

The first wave will be in 2018 – total available €300,000. A second wave of funding will be announced in 2019. Communities may apply for both waves. Please note that events and projects should take place within a year of announcement of support.

Who can apply?

The Small Towns, Big Ideas Programme is open to all community organisations from across Galway City & County. All applications must demonstrate they have met the criteria outlined in this document.

It is strongly recommended that all community groups interested in making an application to Small Towns Big Ideas to attend one of the Public Meetings taking place across the City & County in early Feb. 

For a list of these meetings, along with full list set of funding guidelines, please visit the Galway2020 website.