Accessing Funding – Grants and Application Services

Our Accessing Funding service is your opportunity to EXPLORE and OBTAIN funding by utilising our IRELAND- and EUROPE-WIDE network of funding providers for Creative and Cultural operators as well as years of our experience in writing successful grant proposals.

Check out our Accessing Funding Services from consultation, scoping, evaluation and writing we can get you where you want to be.  We have been through the process, we have completed 100’s of applications of all sizes, both with successes and failures but we have learnt from each experience.

We know our way around all sizes of proposals from complex European projects  to small local funding applications.

We offer a 3 tiered pricing model based on the value of your proposal or the grant offer.  We have tried to make the pricing open and available to anyone, regardless of the size of the proposal.

The pricing is based on amount of the grant / application you are submitting.

Let us help you to get funded.


A 60min or 90min Skype call or a face-to-face meeting to discuss your application.

We look to see if your application fits the criteria of the call you are applying to, what are the steps you need to take, how to scope the project for the application and other funding applications you can apply to.

Talking through your idea, your pre application and looking at alternatives is one of the main ways in making your application a success.

What we can do

Let’s talk about the grant, the suitability and your proposal.
We can also talk about preparation, scoping, planning and proposal ideas.


We can go through your application prior to submission.

We offer a written evaluation of your application and also a 60 min Skype or face-to-face meeting where we can discuss any questions you might have in relation to our evaluation.

We have two turn around times for evaluations, 8 days is the standard service but we also offer an expedited 3 day service.

Getting someone to evaluate your application prior to submission makes all the difference between success and failure.

What we can do

Get experienced experts look over your submission prior to submitting it.
Let us evaluate your submission.
We provide a written report and a Skype or Face-To-Face meeting.
We will make suggestions, improvements and give advice to help you.
We have a standard 8 day option or an expedited 3 day option as well.


You want to make an application for funding or a project but you don’t know where to start.

We offer a full grant and application writing service where we will write the application for you, with your help and give you key project milestones.

We have completed 100’s of applications of all sizes so we know our way around complex European projects applications to Local Grant applications.

Let us help you be successful.

What we can do

Not sure if you can write the application? Don’t feel confident of success?
Then let us do the writing for you.

  • As part of the service we look at :
  • Criteria evaluation and requirements
  • First Skype or Face-to-Face meeting to scope project and proposal
  • Define a project timeline and project milestones for all parties
  • Regular scheduled updates
  • Draft submission supplied for feedback
  • Second Skype or Face-to-Face meeting to give through feedback
  • Final corrections phase and final application sent to you.

So contact us now to get a conversation going.

Check out the presentations from our recent EU Funding Workshop!

The Centre for Creative Practices and Creative Entrepreneurs Academy were delighted to present this one-off event on the mechanics and policy behind Creative Europe, Creative Europe Media, Erasmus Plus, Europe for Citizens and Horizon2020 – the EU Funding Programmes available to Creative Businesses, Organisations and Projects.

See here >>

The Team

Monika Sapielak


Entrepreneur and Innovator with 25 years of work experience as CEO, Manager, Cultural Leader, Mentor & Educator.

Recipient of the Merit to Polish Culture awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as well as Main Awardee of the Arthur Guinness Fund.

Co-Founder of the Creative Entrepreneurs Academy that provides tailored entrepreneurial training and coaching to individuals and companies working in the Cultural and Creative Industries.

Founder & CEO of ArtConnected – a SaaS that matches Creative Opportunities with Talent.

Co-founder and CEO of Centre for Creative Practices focused on integrating, promoting and mentoring migrant, experimental and emerging artists. Curator of its yearly flagship event called New Voices of Ireland Series.

Regular guest speaker and lecturer at conferences, in higher education institutions and for the media in Europe and in Ireland. Monika’s recent talks include University Business Forum, in Oct’16 in San Sebastian; Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen, University of Pecs, Hungary, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology.

Monika’s mentoring and coaching expertise includes Start-up support, Business Strategy, Value Proposition and USP; Stakeholders Relationships; Fundraising; Audience  & Customers’ base development; Market research.

As a seasoned and dedicated fundraiser Monika supports creative organisations, projects and individuals in accessing local and EU funding.

Ian Oliver

Head of Artistic & Creative Entrepreneurship

Ian has over 15 years’ senior management and entrepreneurial experience in the Arts, creative and technology Sectors and 4 years’ experience working with Local Government, Local Enterprise Offices, Local Arts Offices, Arts Organisations and Venues, Universities, Businesses and Community Groups throughout Ireland, auditing and engaging the artistic and creative community within specific geographic regions.

Currently Ian is working on advising and designing sustainable projects that utilise art and creativity as the main driver to effect sustainable economic and social change.  He also teaches and mentors artistic and creative entrepreneurship training to adult learners and undergraduate students.

Ian's experience includes developing and implementing business / career / marketing strategies, marketing, business development, digital media, digital content creation, communications, project management, developing business, marketing and digital media strategies and implementation, project development, management and budgeting, resource management, team development and cohesion, training and training distribution methods for clients, staff and stakeholders.

Ian regularly gives papers on Artistic & Creative Entrepreneurship including:

  • What is Creative Entrepreneurship, Trans National Creative Exchange, Solent University Southampton, October 2015;
  • The Role of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Developing Talent and Opportunities, Slovak Government as part of their EU Presidency, Bratislava, September 2016;
  • Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts, 20th Anniversary Conference, University of Pécs, Hungary, November 2016;
  • Developing a Creative Model Canvas, 3E Conference, Cork, May 2017.

We Also Run Our Training For:


We would be delighted to send you regular updates on our workshops and business services.

Find Us

The Old Milking Parlour
Ballymurrin Lower, Kilbride
Wicklow, Ireland, A67TK64

Monday–Friday: 10:00AM–6:00PM

tel: +353(0)858895499

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