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Apply for Literary Tourism Embracing Digital Programme here

  • The Western Development Commission (WDC) is seeking applications from literary tourism SMEs and community groups, offering €20,000 in support for projects that create immersive experiences.
  • The program aims for innovative proposals that merge storytelling with immersive technologies.
  • Proposals must be submitted by 29th March 2024.

The Western Development Commission (WDC) today announces N-LITE Literary Tourism Embracing Digital open call for applications. SMEs, small businesses, and community groups are encouraged to apply and develop new and innovative digital technology solutions that can transform their literary and cultural narratives into immersive experiences.

Successful applicants will be supported by a cultural enabler and a technology partner to the value of €20k to develop their idea and bring their technology vision to fruition. To ensure potential applicants have the information they need to submit compelling proposals, the WDC will host a MS Teams webinar on Friday, 15 March 2024, from 11:00 – 12:00 (GMT). This webinar will include detailed insights into the application process, the project support structure and the potential benefits to applicants and a Q&A to address any specific queries.

Register for our Information Webinar on 15th March

N-LITE partners meet in Skellefteå, Sweden
N-LITE partners meet in Skellefteå, Sweden

Utilising immersive technologies such as AR, VR, Game Engine Visualisation and 3D Modelling, we aim to develop new immersive experiences that transport participants into the heart of Ireland’s storied landscapes and literary tales, enhancing both the educational and entertainment value of literary and cultural tourism.

Applicant proposals should explore the integration of these technologies into new, engaging products that fuse traditional storytelling with interactive, immersive experiences and enriching the cultural tourism landscape. Collaborative applications that propose innovative digital solutions incorporating youth engagement, aiming to create a shared thematic focus, are particularly encouraged to apply.

The application window closes at 15:00 on Friday, 29 March 2024. We welcome applications from organisations operating within the literary/cultural tourism space located in the NPA region of Ireland, including Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry, and Cork.

Register for our Information Webinar on 15th March

Download the application form for Literary Tourism Embracing Digital Programme

Note: An N-LITE Ideation to Activation Workshop is planned for Sligo on the 9th of April 2024, which successful applicants will be required to attend.