I am pleased to confirm the Minister of Education has officially released the Creative Clusters press release.

To view the press release on the DE website please use the following link: https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/07907-minister-foley-invites-applications-from-schools-for-funding-of-up-to-15000-to-work-together-in-creative-clusters-initiative/

To view Creative Clusters 2024 on the DE website please use the following link: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/f04b1-creative-clusters-2024/

Further information on Creative Cluster programme detailed below.





The Department of Education is pleased to announce the opening of a new round of Creative Clusters Creative Clusters 2024 / 2026 Application The deadline for receipt of applications is 10th May 2024.


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 using the following link: CLICK HERE

Should you need assistance, please contact Rachel Whearity  racheld@ecdrumcondra.ie (for Drumcondra Education Support Centre catchment schools only).


Any other queries, please email National Arts in Education Administration artsineducation@traleeesc.ie


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.

Creative Clusters: Rachel Whearity  racheld@ecdrumcondra.ie