Investing nearly €3.5m in 214 festivals in 2015

National Festivals and Participative Events Programme 2016
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    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

    Changes to evaluation criteria and application

    Watch a webinar on the 2015 National Festivals & Participative Events Programme, which outlines the changes to the evaluation criteria and application form.

    Watch the webinar

    Converting website traffic to festival visitors

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

    Watch the webinar

    Using social media to promote your festival

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

    Watch the webinar
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    Contact us

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

    National Festivals and Participative Events Programme 2016

    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 nearly €3.5m in 214 festivals and events in 2015.

    About the 2016 Programme

    Recent performance of overseas markets has been encouraging. As we look towards the future it's important that we build on recent momentum to drive growth internationally. A key objective is to build sustainable international sales, driving accelerated growth from key overseas markets. A new approach to identifying and defining best prospects for growth has been put in place, focusing on:
    • Consumer segmentation (culturally curious, social energisers, great escapers);
    • Focus on visitor experiences (vibe of the city, living historical stories, connecting with people of Ireland, awakening the senses, getting active in nature);
    • Clearly defined programme areas (Dublin, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland's Ancient East).

    Minimum eligibility requirements

    The National Festivals and Events Programme is a competitive grant process. There is no guarantee of funding for events which achieve the minimum eligibility conditions. The fund is limited and all eligible applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis against the criteria set out in the guidelines:

    • Festivals must generate a minimum of 3,000 overnight stays.

    • Participative sporting events must generate a minimum of 4,000 overnight stays.

    • Events must raise a minimum of €50,000 in private sector funding (ticket sales, sponsorship, merchandise etc).

    • The following events are ineligible for this programme: domestic (regional) festivals, spectator based sporting events, agricultural/country shows, purely commercial events with limited tourism appeal.

    Programme guidelines 2016

    Applicants should read the guidelines carefully before making an application. The guidelines for the National Festivals & Participative Events Programme 2016 can be downloaded here.

    Download the 2016 programme guidelines [pdf, 2MB]

    Opening and closing dates for 2016

    The application process will open at 10am on Monday, 7 September 2015. Applications must be made via the online system which will be available through a link on this page.

    The closing date for applications is strictly 12 noon on Monday, 12 October 2015.

    2015 applicants can access their form here

    Regional Festivals & Participative Events Programme 2016

    Details of the regional programme for 2016 have yet to be confirmed. Applicants should check this page for updates.