Investing €2.9m in 251 festivals in 2017

National Festivals & Participative Events Programme 2018
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    Download a template for an International Sales Plan

    Use and amend this International Sales Plan as required.

    2017 National Grant Claim

    To draw down a grant that has been offered in the National Programme, please download the claim instructions document and follow the steps outlined.

    All completed claims should be emailed to Festival Claims. Hard copies of any documentation will not be accepted.

    Download claim instructions & templates

    2017 Regional Grant Claim

    Queries regarding regional festival claims should be sent to the relevant programme area contact.


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    Converting website traffic to festival visitors

    Watch our webinar on ‘The most important element of a festival website for converting visitors’.

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    Using social media to promote your festival

    Watch our webinar on ‘Top tips for using social media to promote your festival’.

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    Contact us

    If you require more advice on funding, please contact the festivals team at:

    National Festivals & Participative Events Programme 2018

    About the National Festivals & Participative Events Programme

    Festivals and events have been identified as being an important component of the Irish tourism product offering. Festivals provide opportunities to showcase culture, people and places, thereby greatly improving the visitor experience of Ireland. They also help improve the distribution of tourism revenue around the country. Consequently, Fáilte Ireland provides considerable supports to festivals and events through its National Programme, investing approximately €2.3 million in 33 National festivals and participative events around Ireland in 2017.

    National Festivals & Participative Events Programme Guidelines 2018

    Applicants can download a copy of the National Festival & Participative Events Programme 2018 Guidelines which outline the purpose of the programme, the qualifying conditions and the minimum eligibility thresholds. Applicants should read the Guidelines carefully before making an application.

    Opening and closing dates for 2018

    The 2018 Application process closed at 12.00 pm on the 6th of October 2017.

    Help and assistance 

    Any queries should be directed to the Fáilte Ireland Customer Support team on 1890 242473 or emailed to

    Funding FAQs

    We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that will help you with your application. Please read in conjunction with the Programme Guidelines.

    Download the National Festivals & Participative Events Guidelines FAQs document [pdf, 246kb].

    Using the Fáilte Ireland Trade Portal

    A step by step slide deck has been complied that will assist you through each step in submitting your application via the Fáilte Ireland Trade Portal.

    Download the Step-by-Step Guide to the Fáilte Ireland Trade Portal [pdf, 3.3mb].

    Application process for 2018

    2018 Applicants can access their submitted application from here:

    If you're an existing Trade Portal user:


    For technical assistance, contact our Customer Support Team: or T: 1800 242473

    Help and assistance

    For further assistance you can contact the following in each Brand Proposition Area


    Ireland’s Ancient East:

    Wild Atlantic Way:

    For technical assistant with your application contact our Customer Support Team: or T: 1800 242473