Cavan Monaghan Local Creative Youth Partnership (LCYP)

Cavan Monaghan Local Creative Youth Partnership (LCYP)

CAVAN MONAGHAN LCYPCavan Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) has become the 7th region to launch a Local Creative Youth Partnership (LCYP) in association with the Creative Ireland Programme. The LCYP initiative aims to build a network enabling information sharing and collaboration between CMETB, local authorities, the non-formal education sector, family support services, and youth services. This is an opportunity to forge new partnerships and relationships with the local creative sector in Cavan and Monaghan respectively.

Most importantly, the LCYP will ensure that young people themselves are at the heart of the development and implementation of opportunities to engage with creative-based activities. The objective of LCYP is to provide extracurricular creative activities for children and young people that complement and work with formal school settings in a non-mainstream manner.

Essentially Cavan Monaghan LYCP aims to provide more opportunities for children and young people (aged 0-24 years) to engage with creative activities in out-of-school settings with a particular focus on those that are most marginalised or that experience disadvantage. The remit of the partnerships goes beyond that of the “arts” and includes cultural and creative activity in all spheres – including areas such as heritage and the environment, STEM and digital creativity. The range of activities is limitless – everything from traditional and visual arts to coding and tech; music and opera to circus arts, comedy, street arts & spectacle; architecture & design to heritage; film, drama, theatre or dance to literature and creative writing.

The essence of the LCYP initiative is that all activities, workshops, programmes and events are planned, designed, and led by young people. This will help to support and nurture youth creativity, creative experiences, creative skills, and creative leadership at a local level. Cavan Monaghan LCYP is part of Creative Youth, an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme, whose key goal is to facilitate and grow the creative potential of every child and young person.

‘to enable the creative potential of every child and young person’

Cavan Monaghan LCYP promotes several core values throughout all of their work. These include inclusivity, embracing diversity and equality, as well as engaging hard-to-reach children and young people. Cavan Monaghan LCYP aims to work in close partnership with local youth service providers and will follow a child and youth-led methodology in the design, delivery and evaluation of its programmes. The Cavan Monaghan LCYP aims to respond to young people and children’s expressed needs through dialogue and research in line with Hub na nÓg – Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth’s, youth participation unit.

Cavan Monaghan LCYP will operate in line with CMETB’s management, oversight and compliance functions. The LCYP is managed by a full-time Creative Youth Coordinator. It is funded under Pillar 1 Creative Youth of the Creative Ireland Programme, which aims to promote, implement, and sustain a learning ecosystem in which knowledge and creativity are equal partners in the formation of young people. Cavan Monaghan LCYP will receive funding on an annual basis from the Department of Education and Skills under the Creative Ireland programme. Where funds allow, CMETB will also receive funding directly from Creative Ireland (Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media).

Creative Youth Arts Grant Scheme 2023
(This scheme is closed for 2023)

CMETB’s Cavan Monaghan Local Creative Youth Partnership is delighted to launch a new Creative Youth Grant Scheme for young people in counties Cavan and Monaghan. The Grant scheme is open to providers, organisations, communities, and groups that maximise participation and minimise barriers to creative engagement in Cavan & Monaghan in consultation with young people in the target age range.

The objective is to create programmes that respond to the needs, interests, and experiences of young people in ‘out of school’ settings, with a particular focus on those who are seldom heard, marginalised or experience disadvantage to support them to act as change agents within their local communities. Applications can be made for projects which support young people’s engagement with a wide range of art forms. This could include, for example, visual arts, theatre, literature and creative writing, music, dance, opera, film, circus, street art and spectacle, architecture, and design, as well as other types of cultural and creative activities involving heritage and the environment, STEAM, and digital creativity.

Applications must clearly outline the benefits to young people and highlight how you will engage professional artists/designers/craftmakers or creative industry professionals to help deliver the project.

For any queries, please email:
Alan Ryan, LCYP Coordinator
Email: Telephone: 0871360132

Listing of Creativity Facilitators
Cavan Monaghan LCYP, in line with its commitment to developing creative opportunities for young people, wishes to provide a listing of creative professionals who are available to work with children and/or young people on creativity projects in the Cavan and Monaghan areas.

Community based organisations, groups and services who wish to engage creatives in their work with children and young people will find the listing a useful resource for project planning. Professionals listed include artists, designers, makers, producers, animators from across the creative and cultural industries embracing all sectors, genres, technologies, artforms and disciplines where creativity is practiced. The listing is not definitive but will be compiled on an ongoing basis.

Please note: The listing is not a recommendation or an endorsement by CMETB/LCYP.  The Garda Vetting of creative professionals will remain the responsibility of any organisation/group or service that engages any creative professional listed hereafter. CMETB/LCYP bears no responsibility or liability with regard to any issues of child safeguarding with regard to third party entry to the listing, or third-party access to the listing provided

Coming soon



Alan Ryan, Creative Youth Coordinator


Tel: 087 4884017