Investing €3.5m in 246 festivals in 2016

Festivals and Participative Events Programmes 2017
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    Download a template for an International Sales Plan

    Use and amend this International Sales Plan as required.

    2016 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

    2016 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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    If you require more advice on funding, please contact the festivals team at:

    Festivals and Participative Events Programmes 2017

    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 support to festivals, investing €3.5m in 246 festivals in 2016.

    About the Regional Programme

    This programme is aimed at supporting domestic festivals and participative events which drive domestic tourism and help to improve the visitor experience by animating destinations in Ireland. In 2016, €690,000 was allocated by Fáilte Ireland to support 205 festivals and participative events.

    Programme guidelines

    Applicants can download a copy of the Programme Guidelines which outline the purpose of the programme, the qualifying conditions and the minimum eligibility thresholds.

    Download the Programme Guidelines [pdf, 2.8mb]

    Opening and closing dates

    The application process closed at 12.00 noon on Monday 16 January. Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted.

    Help and assistance

    Any queries should be directed to the Fáilte Ireland Customer Support team on 1890 697000 or +35318847101 or emailed to

    Applicants to the Regional Programme

    Applicants to the Regional Festivals & Participative Events Programme 2017 can access their account below.

    2017 applicants can access their account here

    Applicants to the National Programme

    Applicants to the National Festivals & Participative Events Programme 2017 can access their form below.

    2017 applicants can access their forms here