(Next closing Date 21.02.2014 for Ireland, North & South; for Scotland see


Colmcille is a partnership between Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Foras na Gaeilge and the two organisations work together to implement the partnership’s priorities in Scotland and in Ireland.

Colmcille Grant aid scheme

We would welcome applications for initiatives in support of at least one of the following priorities:

  • Language skills – Scottish Gaelic in Ireland or Irish Gaelic in Scotland.
  • Bringing together speakers of Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic.
  • Promoting dialogue between Scottish Gaelic and Irish Gaelic speaking communities.
  • Facilitating use and mutual understanding of Scottish Gaelic and Irish Gaelic at the same event.
  • Sharing best practice in language development or in language community development.
  • Promoting awareness of Irish Gaelic language and culture in Scotland, and of Scottish Gaelic language and culture in Ireland.
  • Strengthening Irish or Scottish Gaelic or their language communities through promoting the link between the two languages or language communites.

In addition to these priorities, it is essential that a clear link between Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic is evident in each application.

Additional priorities for this funding round:

Slí Cholmcille & community linkages

Colmcille is particularly keen to promote community events associated with Slí Cholmcille in 2013, and (2013 is the 1450th anniversary of St Colmcille’s exile from Ireland, and of his founding of the abbey in Iona in 663).

The following key points should be noted when developing programmes:-

  • Community events such as tours of an early site should have modest costs.
  • Events should link language and heritage.
  • Events should further awareness of Irish and Scottish Gaelic and of Irish – Scottish links.
  • Priority will be given to projects that link two or more locations on the Slí.
  • Applications should be on the standard application form.
  • The application must detail the use of Irish and Scottish Gaeilge during the programme.
  • Before applying, contact: Maolcholaim Scott at +44 (0)28 90 890 983

Who can submit an application?

Colmcille aims to be available to as wide range of community organisations as possible and it is essential that applicants demonstrate that the project is in the public interest and open to the public as much as possible.

Schools will only get support for activities outside of school.

Colmcille does not accept applications from individuals.

How to apply

Applicants should talk to us as soon as possible if they have any questions. Thereafter, applicants should complete the application form and submit it to Foras na Gaeilge, along with the relevant documents. They must have active bank account at the time of applying.

Only one application will be accepted per organisation.

Closing Date for Applications

Funding applications should be received by Foras na Gaeilge and Bòrd na Gàidhlig as soon as possible but no later than 5pm on 21 February 2014.

Foras na Gaeilge will not accept applications which are received after that time.

What happens after an application is submitted?

All applicants will receive an acknowledgement to confirm that their application has been received.

If a funding is approved, a letter of offer will be sent to the applicant which will explain the level of funding agreed and the conditions under which the funding will be paid.

All successful applicants will then be required to return a signed letter of offer within one month.

It will also be necessary to confirm the project start date and the organisation’s bank account details.

Further information

Further information can be obtained from:

Ireland, North

Maolcholaim Scott,
Colmcille Development Officer
Foras na Gaeilge,
West Gate House,
2-6 Queen Street,
Tel: +44 (0) 28 90 890 983

Ireland, South

Noeleen Ní Cholla
Colmcille Development Officer
Foras na Gaeilge, An Chrannóg,
Srath na Corcra,
Na Doirí Beaga, Gaoth Dobhair,
Contae Dhún na nGall.
Tel: + 353 (0) 74 95 60 113
Direct Line: + 353 (0) 74 95 58121