The member organisations of DCCI, which include GANS (Guilds, Associations, Networks and Societies) as well as corporate bodies, play a pivotal role in DCCI’s activities and supports in Ireland. The engagement of DCCI’s member organisations and its registered clients is instrumental in informing its strategic plans for developing the design and craft sector. It enables the delivery of many DCCI initiatives across the island of Ireland. As at 31 December, 2019 the total number of GANS was 59.

GANS can avail of supports made specifically available to them through DCCI. These include:

Network Support Scheme

DCCI makes moderate financial support available to member organisations. Funding is offered on an annual basis and those applying must be in a position to provide match-funding. To access DCCI’s Network Support Scheme, individuals can submit an application form on behalf of their network or association. It should be noted that the minimum number of craftspeople required to form a guild, association, network or society is six. Read our Network Support Scheme 2020 funding awards announcement here.

Group Professional Development

The Group Professional Development (CPD) Scheme is available to all DCCI membership organisations who wish to pursue development and training in their respective craft discipline.

Heritage Craft Taskforce 

As a result of the discussion at Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) Guilds, Associations, Networks and Societies (GANS) meetings that took place in 2011, a Heritage Craft Taskforce was set up in September 2011. This group succeeded in securing funds to enable an audit of lace production in Ireland. The Heritage Council and DCCI agreed to commit €5,000 each to conduct an audit of Irish lace. The Craft Heritage Taskforce issued a tender in 2012 and 10 applications were received. The tender was awarded to Frances Nevin and work began on this project during 2013. Following on from this, a brochure on Irish Lace was commissioned by the Heritage Council and supported by DCCI. It was published in 2014.

The Knitting & Stitching Show 

DCCI has held a textile exhibiton at the annual Knitting & Stitching Show at the RDS in Dublin, which takes place in November each year. DCCI invites GANS to submit craft for the exhibition on a specific theme. The craft is assessed by a curator/panel and selected items go on display. Often, the DCCI exhibition that takes place at The Knitting & Stitching Show then goes on tour. Previous exhibitions include 'Seascapes', 'Nature', 'Pattern' and, most recently, 'Fusion' in 2019.


DCCI organises a series of craft demonstrations at several events each year. This provides visitors with a unique opportunity to meet leading Irish craftspeople and watch them as they work. Demonstrations are extremely popular with visitors, reflecting the interest in and appreciation of the skills and craftsmanship of these talented makers. Live demonstrations by clients and member organisations cover a wide range of disciplines, including candle-making, printing, calligraphy and weaving. Events where these demonstrations take place include Gifted – The Contemporary Craft & Design FairCruinniú na nÓg and Irish Craft Village at Bloom. Please see the GANS area of our Opportunities section for call-outs for future events.