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Hello September! 

In light of the change of restrictions, Creative Spark has reduced event and meeting room capacity to 6 persons at one time. The health and safety of our tenants, staff and visitors is of the utmost importance. Creative Spark has a number of stringent measures in place and we would like to encourage everyone to follow these as best they can. 

Signage advising social distancing has been placed throughout the building. Sanitising stations are also located throughout our facility and in particular at the front entrance, coffee dock, within and on exiting the toilets and training rooms, along with other common areas and pinch points.

An intense regime has been implemented with regular cleaning and disinfection of toilets, common areas and touch points, such as tables, door handles, etc. meeting and training rooms are cleaned and disinfected prior to and following each booking in accordance with best HSE and Bord Failte guidelines.

To find out more about the protocols we have in place, click here!
Residency Programme 2020/2021

Now taking applications! 

Creative Spark is pleased to announce that applications for the new residency programmes are now open!
For further information on the residencies and facilities that we have to offer click the link below.

The deadline for our residency programme is the 14th September.

Click here to find out more and to apply today!
The Big Relief

18th September 

Why not come to Creative Spark and get involved in our giant wood cut print. It will be inked up and printed using a steam roller on the night. Creating the largest scale prints Dundalk has ever seen! 

This event invites all artists and members of the community to come together in a cooperative event to celebrate art and community for Culture Night 2020.

Click here to book!
CCI Survey
Are you a cultural or creative worker?

Complete and share the survey and help us understand how you are coping with the changed working conditions. Let’s co design effective future policies! 

Click here to participate in the survey
Local Enterprise Office
Start your own business

Starts on 08 September

The Start Your Own Business Training Programme has been designed to address the needs of those wishing to start their own business, or those who have recently started trading.

Click here to book your place!
Filling income Tax Returns

Starts on 16 September 

This online course will provide an overview of all aspects of the process for completing your return. You will be guided through the sections of an income tax return form and the information you will need to complete it. This course costs €10.

Click here to book your place!
Dundalk Skillnet

Starts 09 September

One of the most effective channels for selling online is through Social Media. Facebook has reported a 50% increase in usage of its messaging platforms in countries where people's movements are restricted. But simply using social media doesn't guarantee success. It's possible to waste a lot of time on social media and money on paid ads if you don't know what you're doing.

This course costs €25 for members and €35 for non-members.

Click here to book your place 
Dundalk Skillnet

Starts 16 September 

This online session is designed for anyone who wants to understand how to use Shopify to create, manage and grow an e-commerce website for their business. It will provide participants with an introduction to how to set up and grow their Shopify store and drive online sales for their business.

This course costs €49 for members and €59 for non-members. 

Click here to book your place!

COVID-19 Supports and Information 

Restart Grant
The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has approved a restart grant for small businesses.
  • Direct grant aid of between €2,000 minimum and €10,000 based on commercial rate bill for 2019
  • Scheme applies to small businesses with a turnover of under €5m and employing 50 people or less
  • The business must have suffered a projected 25%+ loss in revenue from 1st April 2020 to 30th June 2020
  • The closing date for receipt of applications is 31st August

The application form will be made available shortly via Louth County Council
For further information click here 
Covid-19 App

Using the COVID Tracker app along with the existing public health measures will help us all stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

If you use the app you will:

  •  be alerted if you have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive for coronavirus
  •  be able to track any symptoms you have and get advice on what to do to protect yourself and others
  •  be able to anonymously warn other app users that you were in close contact with, if you test positive for coronavirus.
Click here to download the app today.
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