I am applying to the Festivals Investment Scheme but I can’t see it in my dropdown menu
The Festivals Investment Scheme is not open to individuals. You must register as an ‘Organisation/ Group’.
Do I need a tax clearance certificate and/ or bank account in order to apply?
No. These will only be required if your application is successful.
If my festival made an application to the Arts Council under Strategic Funding, Partnership Funding or Venues funding can I also apply for the Festival Investment Scheme?
No, those organisations are NOT eligible to apply for FIS.
My festival applies for festival funding support in Spring rather than in Autumn. Should we wait to apply next year?
If you are producing a festival anytime in 2018 your festival can apply only to the current round (closing date 26 October 2017, 17:30). There will NOT be a Spring funding round for 2018 festivals. We will be introducing a Spring round in 2018 but this will be for 2019 festivals.
Do I need to be set up as a company in order to apply?
No. If you do not have a company/ organisation name please use the name of your festival. If you are successful in receiving funding you will need to get a tax number and bank account in the name you have applied under
May I apply for marketing costs as part of my application?
Yes. You may apply for costs that assist your organisation to deliver your festival activity. Marketing costs are eligible but if you are applying under Band C you may not apply for more than 10% of your grant request in marketing support.
Can I apply to Programme Funding and also the Festival Investment Scheme?
No. You may not apply for the same project twice through different funding streams. If you have applied to FIS you may not apply to programme funding for the same programme of activity.
How much funding support can I ask for in my application?
There is a maximum amount you can apply to under each band. You should ensure that the amount you are requesting.
- under Band A is no more than €5,000
- under Band B is no less than €5,001 and no more than €20,000
- under Band C is no less than €20,001 and no more than €35,000
If funds are awarded we will only fund up to the maximum limit in each band.
Can I apply to all three bands?
No, a festival may only apply to one band and make one application to FIS in any calendar year.
What is the purpose of the development plan?
The development plan is a tool to assist festivals with their strategic planning. It provides us with a clearer understanding of how your organisation underpins your festival proposal.
What is the most appropriate band to apply under?
You may apply for whichever band you believe appropriately matches your festival’s stage of development as long as you fulfill the eligibility criteria. You should expect the process to be more demanding in Band C than Band A.
Do I need to provide a development plan if I apply under Bands A or B?
No, the development plan is for Band C applicants only.
Does a ‘commitment to public engagement’ mean that the Arts Council wants organisations to start producing workshops and masterclasses?
The Arts Council recognises that public engagement varies from festival to festival depending on the artistic priorities of your organisation. You will know the best way to maximise engagement with the public and how to reach new audiences. We encourage you to think ambitiously and creatively about how you are best placed to do that. We recognise public engagement as: audience and recipient of, participant in or volunteer who contributes to the development of an arts activity.
If I apply to a higher band (Band B or C for example) and the information I have provided is insufficient for that band will my application be assessed?
Yes, once your application is deemed eligible it will move forward for assessment. It may be considered under a different band if there is not sufficient information for the band under which you originally applied.
If I don’t have all my other income confirmed from other sources can I still make an application?
Yes, your application is an indication of the programme and activity you intend to run. You may indicate sources of income as either confirmed or pending. It is helpful in assessing your application to know when you will expect to hear about pending items in your application.
If we run year-round activity or a series of events, should we apply for the 12-month programme or in two separate rounds?
You must apply in one application as organisations can make only one application to FIS in any calendar year.
My festival takes place in the Republic of Ireland but we have a number of international artists in our programme, is my application eligible for support?
Yes, as long as your primary festival activity takes place in the Republic of Ireland you are eligible to apply.
Our festival was established in 2010 and we’ve run six festivals consecutively up to 2015 but took a year off in 2016. Do we qualify for Band C as there was a year gap between our festivals?
As long as you have evidence that your festival ran for five years consecutively and that your organisation has been established for five years, you will be eligible to apply for Band C. The break of a year has not affected the organisations history of having produced five consecutive festivals.
We are setting up a new festival and want to apply to FIS. There are sections in the application that require mandatory supporting documents we may not have yet. Are we eligible to apply?
Yes, new festivals may apply to FIS. As you will be unable to supply information and documentation about your festival you should provide us with information on the management team producing the festival along with their record of experience. You should include CVs as a mandatory support documentation instead of a festival brochure.
What happens if I do not provide the mandatory supporting documentation outlined in the application form and guidelines (under each band)?
Your application will be deemed ineligible and will not be assessed.