Watch our step-by-step guide, by Head of Festivals Karl Wallace, to the application process for the Festivals Investment Scheme 2018. There are five sections: important changes and information about FIS; guidelines; application form; assessment; and helpful tips. You can also read frequently asked questions about the scheme in our FAQs section.
As part of the Arts Council’s strategic plan Making Great Art Work, there was an undertaking to review the Festival and Events Scheme. A period of consultation took place between February–April 2017 and the report and its recommendations have now been accepted by Council. As a result the scheme will change from October 2017 and we hosted funding clinics in six locations between August and October to communicate these changes.
One of the most important changes to the scheme is that for all festivals planning to apply to this scheme and host work in 2018, there will only be one deadline instead of two. (It is anticipated that bi-annual funding rounds will be reintroduced next year for festivals taking place in 2019). Applications for the scheme opened on Tuesday 26 September 2017 and will close on Thursday 26 October 2017
If you were a festival that normally applied through the previous scheme in February for festivals taking place between July–December of the following year, please be aware that you can only submit your application in October.