Investing nearly €3.5m in 214 festivals in 2015

National Festivals and Participative Events Programme 2016
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    Information webinar

    Watch the National Festivals and Events Programme webinar that was hosted on 28 September 2015.

    The webinar is an information session aimed at assisting applicants who want to apply for the National Festivals and Events Programme 2016.

    Watch the information session 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.

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

    Download claim instructions & templates

    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 & 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 and Participative Events Programme 2016 can be downloaded here.

    Download the 2016 programme guidelines [pdf, 2MB]

    Application process for 2016

    The application process for 2016 is now closed. (The deadline for applications was Monday, 12 October 2015).

    2016 applicants can review their form here

    Regional Festivals and Participative Events Programme 2016

    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.

    Application opening and closing dates

    The application process is now closed. (The deadline was 12 noon on Monday, 18 January 2016).

    Programme guidelines

    The programme guidelines can be downloaded below:

    For all queries

    Queries can be sent to