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Calling Galway City Cafés

Calling Galway City Cafés

Galway City Council is pleased to announce "Café Lates," a pilot grant initiative designed to foster a vibrant and diverse late-night café culture. We invite local cafés located in Galway city centre and Salthill to apply for funding to introduce engaging cultural programming after 6pm, during September to November 10, 2024.


As one of nine pilot cities nationwide actively shaping Ireland's night-time economy, Galway is committed to enhancing the city's after-6 p.m. offerings. "Café Lates," a direct response to our public consultation aims to:

  • Diversify Nightlife: Expand evening options beyond traditional venues, offering an enhanced experience for residents, workers, and visitors alike.
  • Stimulate the Economy: Drive foot traffic and revenue for cafés during evening hours.

The types of programming envisaged and encouraged are live performances from local bands to intimate acoustic and DJ sets. Spoken word and poetry, comedy, book clubs, workshops, and tastings to themed nights. We also encourage programming that appeals to a youth audience, creating a welcoming and inclusive space for all.


Grant Funding Available

The "Café Lates" grant can cover costs related to:

  • Artist Fees
  • Equipment Rental
  • Other Cultural Programming Expenses

Grant Details:

Minimum Grant: €500
Maximum Grant: €2,000
Eligibility: A café in Galway City Centre and Salthill is eligible to apply.
Timespan: From 6 pm, September – November 10, 2024.

How to Apply:

To apply for funding download the guidelines and application form below:

Application Form
Deadline for applications: July 25.

Completed applications must be submitted by email to C&C at Galway City Council E:, subject line: NTE Café Lates.


For queries please contact: c& subject line: NTE Café Lates.