on 19 March Dublin City Council announced a new grants scheme to encourage public participation in the commemorations of the 1916 Rising. The Council accepted applications from community groups and organisations in Dublin who want to organise events and projects to commemorate the 1916 Rising. Dublin City Council made €150,000 available in funding, distributed equally across the five Local Areas in the Council’s administrative district, for community-based activities focusing on the 1916 Rising and seeking to raise awareness in local areas of the history of the Rising e.g. seminars, lectures, walking tours, publications, exhibitions, theatre events.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke observed that ‘Dublin city was at the heart of the 1916 Rising with the capital’s streets being the location of most of the fighting. Indeed, Dublin’s citizens, and its buildings, bore the scars of the momentous events for many years. I welcome this funding initiative which supports public history in the city and enables communities to get involved and commemorate the 1916 Rising in their local area.’.
Brendan Kenny, Assistant Chief Executive, Dublin City Council said ‘Dublin City Council has taken the lead in making funds available to communities in Dublin to commemorate the 1916 Rising. The Council is aware of the huge interest in history, particularly in local history, in the city and has allocated funding to promote local involvement in projects remembering and inspired by the 1916 Rising. This is part of the City Council’s commitment to participating in the national Ireland 2016 programme and the Decade of Commemorations.’
Closing date for completed applications was 29 May 2015.