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Festivals and Participative Events Programme

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Festival consumer research

We strongly encourage you, as a festival organiser, to undertake consumer research during your festival or event.

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If you require more advice on funding, please contact your local support team.

Festivals and Participative Events Programme

You can apply for funding under either the regional or national sections of this programme.

National Festivals and Participative Events Programme



The minimum eligibility requirements:

  • 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).
  • Festivals and Events that do not exceed these thresholds may be eligible to apply for the Regional Programme.
  • Spectator-based sporting events are not eligible for this programme.

National festival applications

Closed 

The 2014 application process for the National Festivals and Participative Events Programme closed on 31 January 2014.

National grant claims

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 and templates

Regional Festivals and Participative Events Programme



The minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Festivals must generate a minimum of 600 overnight stays.
  • Participative sporting events must generate a minimum of 1,000 overnight stays.
  • The festival/event must have a minimum expenditure of €10,000.
  • If your festival or event is not eligible under this scheme, you may be able to avail of some of the practical business tools we provide. These include training, mentoring and, in some cases, promotion.

Regional festival applications

Closed

The 2014 application process for the Regional Festivals and Participative Events Programme closed on 31 January 2014.

Regional grant claims

To draw down a grant that has been offered in the Regional Programme, submit a claim to the festival co-ordinator in your region.