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

    Watch the webinar

    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.

    Download claim instructions & templates
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    Contact us

    If you require more advice on funding, please contact the festivals team at: events@failteireland.ie

    National Festivals and Participative Events Programme 2015

    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 approximately €4million in 210 festivals and events in 2014.

    What’s different for 2015?

    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 programmes (Dublin, Wild Atlantic Way, East, South & Midlands).

    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 competeitve 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.

    National application form

    The National Festivals and Events Programme application process has now started. Please read the Programme Guidelines and login below to access your application form for this year's grant process.

    2015 applicants can access their form here

    Guidelines for applicants

    Due to the significant changes to the programme for 2015, potential applicants should download the guidelines [pdf, 998kb] and read them thoroughly to determine whether it is appropriate to submit an application.

    Further information on the programme is available in the guidelines for 2015.

    Regional Festivals & Participative Events Programme 2015

    The Regional Programme is aimed at supporting events which drive domestic tourism and help to improve the visitor experience by animating key destinations in Ireland. Grants are available towards the cost of marketing the event beyond the local area and in certain cases towards programming and production costs.

    The application process for the 2015 Regional Festivals & Participative Events Programme closed on 17 January 2015.