Poetry Ireland is inviting submissions for Bright Ideas for Poetry Day Ireland 2020.
Four Bright Ideas proposals will be selected for a grant of up to €500 each.
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What's on offer?
Poetry Day Ireland will take place on Thursday 30 April 2020 with the theme 'There will be time'. The countdown is on! We want to hear poems that move you anti-clockwise, poems that alarm you, poems that make you tick and chime.
More than 150 poetry-related events and initiatives take place on Poetry Day Ireland each year, and we're planning on the day being even bigger in 2020.

We are offering a total of €2000 to help fund four creative, innovative and inspiring ideas for Poetry Day Ireland 2020 through a public submissions call out.

Programming proposals for this funding must be submitted by Sunday 15 December 2019. Four separate grants of €500 each are available and the successful proposals will be announced in January.
Proposal Pointers
• We want to see creative ideas that engage new audiences with poetry in imaginative ways. With this in mind, innovative and unusual ideas are more likely to be successful. For example, straightforward readings presented by the featured poet are not likely to be funded as part of this call-out. Cross-disciplinary events are welcome and encouraged.

• Proposals are accepted for any sorts of events, initiatives, broadcasts or digital programmes as long as they are widely accessible to a public audience in Ireland.

• Individuals or organisations may apply.

• The event or initiative should be loosely based on this year's theme 'There will be time'.

• The event or initiative must take place on Poetry Day Ireland, Thursday 30 April 2020.

• Poetry Ireland is working on an ongoing basis to ensure that our events and opportunities actively welcome all people, regardless of class, disability, race, ethnicity, or gender, or sexuality. Successful programmes will be required to adhere to this policy by taking the steps outlined in our Partnerships & Funding Requirements guidelines at: https://www.poetryireland.ie/content/files/PoetryIreland_PartnershipFundingRequirements.pdf

• The application form must be completed in full.
Can you give me an example?
• In 2019 Bailieborough transformed into Poetry Town for Poetry Day. The town was planted with poem-trees; decoupaged plant pots, ‘trees’ created from printed poems, as well as ‘free to take’ poetry books hanging from the street lantern poles. Many of the local shops created special Poetry Town window displays and poems were broadcast widely on the town’s PA system.

• Not4U Collective organised a DIY zine making workshop at the Tara Building.

• The LabelLit project saw 50 poets hide poems on luggage tags everywhere from New Zealand to Korea to Brazil to Athlone. The lucky finders could then log onto an interactive map and hear an audio recording of their poem.
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Description of your proposal. Please include full details of the idea, proposed performers/readers, location and any other relevant information.
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How do you plan to promote your event? Please include details of your online presence and whether you propose ticketing the event.
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What are your projected audience numbers for your proposed event or initiative?
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The maximum support offered to each of the four successful submissions is €500. Please specify below the amount of support you are applying for.
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If the total cost of your project would exceed €500, please tell us how you will make up the funding gap?
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