Westmeath County Council Arts Grants Schemes 2017

WestmeathCoCoCrestApplications are invited for Arts Grants under the following schemes:

1.    Individual Artists Bursary Grant 2017

Artists Bursary Grant 2017 Application Form

Artists Bursary Grant 2017 Guidelines

2.    Arts Act Grants 2017

Arts Act Grant 2017 Application Form

Arts Act Grant 2017 Guidelines

3.    Arts-in-Community Grant 2017

Art in Community 2017 Application Form

Art in Community 2017 Guidelines

4.    Strategic Projects 2017

Strategic Project 2017 Application Form

Strategic Projects 2017 Guidelines

Completed applications to be send by hard copy ONLY to:

Arts Grant Applications

Westmeath Arts Office - County Buildings

Mount Street, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

The closing date for receipt of completed applications for schemes 1-3  is 5.00pm April 14th 2017.

Scheme 4 is administered on a rolling basis.


Westmeath Co Co - Christmas Light LED Upgrade Grant 2016

Christmas lightsWestmeath County Council

Christmas Lights LED Upgrade Grant


Applications are currently being invited from local Community Groups for grant aid towards the cost of upgrading their existing Town/Village Christmas lights to low energy LED lights.  The closing date for receipt of applications is Fri 7th Oct 2016

Application forms are available to download on or by contacting Community Development Section of Westmeath County Council at 044-9332217.


Employment Opportunities 11th August 2016

Employment opportunities

August 11th 2016        DSP

The Department of Social Protection website carries information on available positions; full time, part time and work placement opportunities. On the 11th August they were 36 full time and part time positions, along with vacancies for employment programme such as Community Employment, Jobsbridge and TÚS advertised in Westmeath.

In the surrounding counties there were 176 full time, part time and employment programme vacancies advertised positions advertised.

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If you would like help applying for positions, or assistance with a CV and application forms please contact Patricia McKenna, Employment Mediator on 044 93 48571, email   or Noel Breslin, Job Club Manager on 090 64 94555, email   or Seamus Kearns Employment Mediation in our Athlone branch email




Rural Social Scheme build sensory garden for Praxis Care

praxis 1On Friday 27th May Praxis care launched their new sensory garden that was built by the Rural Social Scheme under Westmeath Community Development. Olive Buckley (Acting Manager) approached Ian O’Flynn in the Volunteer centre which was then referred to the Rural social scheme department.

Praxis undertook a number of fundraising activities throughout the year to raise funds for the materials. John Smyth designed the sensory garden and Horticulturist leader Gary Guilfoyle along with fifteen Rural social scheme participants built the sensory garden in just four days.
The Rural Social scheme provides a supplementary income for low-income farmers and in return the participants work 19.5 hours per week. There are 33 participants currently on the Rural social scheme across Westmeath and they are carrying out fantastic work in their rural communities such as Tidy Towns, Community Centres, Parish centres, maintaining graveyards and assisting with the elderly.
“It was an opportunity for the Rural social scheme participants to come together for a fantastic project. I appreciate the time they have taken out from the Trojan work they carry out in their local communities on a daily basis and I hope the residence and staff of Praxis care enjoy the use of the sensory garden. The Launch highlighted the invaluable work that can be done in local communities with partnerships coming together.” Majella Boyhan Rural Social Scheme Supervisor
Praxis Care recently marked its 10th anniversary of providing intellectual disability services in Mullingar. Praxis Care, registered as a charity in 1983, is a major provider of services for adults and children with a learning disability, mental ill health, acquired brain injury and for older people, including people with dementia.

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