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Creative Clusters - Braislí Cruthaitheacha

The Department of Education is pleased to announce the opening of a new round of Creative Clusters. The deadline for receipt of applications is 10th May 2024.

What are Creative Clusters? Click HERE for information. 

Each Creative Cluster will receive grant funding of €3,000 per school over a two-year period to implement their project 2024–2026. 


  • 3 schools would receive €9,000
  • 5 schools would receive €15,000 


In addition to financial support above each cluster will also receive: 


  • A Creative Cluster Facilitator 
  • Teacher Substitution to attend Workshops and Meetings
  • Room hire, travel & subsistence



Applications are to be completed online. Should you need assistance, please contact your local full-time Education Support Centre


Any queries, please contact your local Education Support Centre or email National Arts in Education Administration This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eligible Schools - The following schools are welcome to apply to participate in Creative Clusters:

  • Schools that have not yet participated in Creative Clusters.
  • Schools that have  not yet participated in Creative Schools and those who will complete Creative Schools Year 2 in the 2023/24 school year.
  • Schools that will complete Creative Clusters Year 2 in the 2023/24 school year. However they must apply as part of a cluster who have not yet participated in the initiative. In this instance, it is required that this school applies to lead a cluster of schools that are new to the initiative.
  • The local Education Support Centre will have a key role in identifying and supporting a Creative Cluster for their local area.
  • 42 Creative Clusters will be selected nationally - 2 per Education Support Centre.


Creative Clusters is an initiative of the Department of Education, led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Education Centres (Education Support Centres Ireland - ESCI) and funded through the Schools Excellence Fund.