Belfast Telegraph

Guinness in talent search for cultural initiative

By Lesley Houston

Entrepreneurs have just a two days left to avail of funding available through a Guinness-backed cultural initiative.

The Arthur Guinness Projects scheme has committed itself to invest €3m (£2.6m) to mentor and support talent and creative projects across Ireland over the next three years, with up to 20 projects benefitting annually.

The winners will be partly chosen by the public who get to vote who will receive funding across four categories including Food, Music, Arts and Sports.

The closing date for submissions closes on Friday (August 9) at midnight.

To date, some quirky and creative enterprises and those with a social conscience, have applied to the process including an Antrim-based project to assist 18-30-year-olds with disabilities find work and live independently; an online literary review, also in Antrim, that aims to get into print to showcase Irish writers; a Londonderry-based singer-songwriter's endeavours to cut a DVD; and a Belfast-based 'honesty-box' cafe in the Titanic Quarter.

Panels featuring Irish pop band The Script, food guru Dylan McGrath, Donegal GAA manager and sports consultant Jim McGuinness and celebrated Irish actor Chris O'Dowd will choose the overall winners with four wild cards also making their way into running.

Stephen O'Kelly, marketing director of Guinness, said: "With a few days to go we are reminding people to submit their ideas. We know there are so many great projects waiting to be discovered and we wish to support those great ideas and champion the people behind them."

Visit www.arthurguinness to apply.


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