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National Festivals and Participative Events Programme 2015
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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.

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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 is 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.

    Guidelines

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

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

    Application process

    The 2015 application process will open shortly.

    Applications must be made through the online system which will open shortly. Only applications submitted through the online system will be accepted.

    Applicants should familiarise themselves with the guidelines [pdf, 998kb] and the changes for 2015 prior to this date.

    Regional programme

    An announcement on the regional programme is anticipated by the end of October 2014.