|Closing date ||17:30, Thursday 26 October 2017|
|Artform and practice(s)||Festivals and events|
|Collaborative application possible?||Yes|
|Contact||Regina OShea, Natalie Byrne|
The closing date is for festivals that will take place in 2018 only.
The Arts Council announces a single round of the Festivals Investment Scheme (FIS) for festivals taking place in 2018.
The Council recognises the distinctive role arts festivals play in sustaining a vibrant and sustainable arts profile at a local level. Festivals provide opportunities for artists and audiences to experience new work and ways of making work. The Council acknowledges the valuable contribution made by voluntary committees in developing these festivals. The scheme will be open to multi-disciplinary festivals, single artform festivals and ‘linked events’ that take place throughout the calendar year over a number of months (e.g. a concert series).
There are three bands of funding available:
- Band A: Up to €5,000
- Band B: Between €5,001 and €20,000
- Band C: Between €20,001 and €35,000
The Festivals Investment Scheme is open to organisations promoting festivals with a clear artistic purpose and which will take place in the calendar year 2018.
Selecting an appropriate band for your organisation
The banding structure of funding available matches the different developmental stages of festival practice. Band A for smaller festivals, new festival ideas, Band B for small to mid scale festivals seeking to build capacity, Band C for festivals strategically driven with a commitment to artistic leadership.
Festival applicants that wish to apply to Band C must have been established for a minimum of five years and executed a minimum of five consecutive festival programmes.
Festival applicants that wish to apply to Band B must have been established for a minimum of two years and executed a minimum of two consecutive festival programmes.
The Festivals Investment Scheme is a non-recurring competitive scheme.
Posted, e-mailed and faxed applications will not be accepted. Late applications will not be accepted.
How do I apply for this?
- Download and read the guidelines available at the top right-hand corner of this page.
- Check if there is any mandatory supporting material that must accompany your application. We may provide a template for the supporting material. If so, you can download it from the supporting materials section at the top right-hand corner of this page.
- All applications must be made through the online services website. You will be able to upload a wide range of support materials in electronic format along with your application form.
- You must be registered with the online services website to make an application. If you are not already registered, we recommend you register for online services as far in advance of the deadline as possible, as it may take five days for your online services registration to be processed.
Still need help?
A listing of frequently asked questions about making an online application
A step-by-step video guide on how to download, complete and upload an application form for funding.
A listing of funding-related tweets