The Western Development Commission has established a dedicated micro-loan fund for the Creative Industries Sector.
 
This €1m “Access to Finance” initiative for the Creative Industries Sector will make loans available ranging from €5,000 to €25,000 over 1 to 5 years at the EU reference rate for unsecured lending.   The micro-loan fund will operate on a competitive basis with bi-annual calls for applications.  The first “Call for Applications” closes on Friday, 31st August, 2012 at 4pm.
 
It is open to all businesses, both start-up and existing, in the Creative Industries Sector and includes the following sub-sectors: –

Advertising
Architecture
Art/Antiques trade
Crafts
Design
Digital media
Fashion
Internet and software
Music, visual and performing arts
Publishing
Radio and TV broadcasting
Video, film and photography
 
If you feel that this type of funding will help grow your business, and you have the capacity to repay the loan, then you may be interested in applying for a micro-loan.
 
More information is available, and an Application Form can be downloaded, on www.wdc.ie/microfundci
 
The Western Development Commission will be holding a series of Briefing Workshops throughout the region if you wish to find out more about the initiative – see schedule below.
 
Briefing Workshops
 
Monday, 9th July 10am – 12pm
  The Dock, St. George’s Tce.,  Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
http://www.thedock.ie/getting-here

Monday, 9th July 2pm – 4pm Roscommon Library, Roscommon Town
http://www.yelp.ie/map/roscommon-county-library-roscommon
 
Tuesday, 10th July 10am – 12pm
  Cairnes Building,  CA110 SAC Meeting Room, NUI, Galway
http://www.nuigalway.ie/about-us/contact-us/how-to-find-us.html
 
Tuesday, 10th July 2pm – 4pm Glór Theatre, Causeway Link, Ennis, Co. Clare
http://www.glor.ie/visit/location/
 
Wednesday, 11th  July 11am – 1pm The Model Arts Centre, The Mall, Sligo
 
Thursday, 12th July 11am – 1pm The Training Centre at Mayo County Council
The Mall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
 
Monday, 16th  July 12pm – 2pm An Grianan Theatre, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
http://www.angrianan.com/about/map.html

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