Festivals and events scheme

Closing date: Closing date passed

Maximum awarded: €20000

Artform & practices: All

Applicant type: Organisation

Collaborative application possible? Yes

Contact: Regina OShea, Natalie Byrne

Position: Festivals Team

Telephone: 6180260; 6180284

Email: smallfestivals@artscouncil.ie


5.30pm,  Thursday 6 February 2014.

This closing date is for festivals and events that will take place between 1 July - 31 December 2014. 

The Arts Council announces Round 2 of the Festivals and Events Scheme (FES). The Council recognises the distinctive role arts festivals play in sustaining a vibrant arts profile at a local level.  Festivals provide opportunities for audiences and artists to experience new work and ways of making work. The Council acknowledges the valuable contribution made by voluntary committees in developing these festivals.

The Festivals and Events Scheme will be open to multi-disciplinary festivals, single artform festivals. Events may be one-off projects or programmed over a number of months (e.g. a concert series).

There are three strands of funding available:

  • Strand 1:  Up to €10,000
  • Strand 2:  Between €10,001 and €20,000
  • Strand 3:  Between €20,001 and €40,000

The Festivals and Events Scheme is open to organisations that promote festivals or events with a clear artistic purpose that will take place in the second half of the calendar year 2014.

First-time applicants and applicants who have not been funded previously by the Festivals and Events Scheme must apply to Strand 1 only.

Festivals previously funded by the Arts Council under this Scheme up to €10,000 in their last funding offered must apply to Strand 1.

Festivals previously funded by the Arts Council under this Scheme between €10,000 and €20,000 must apply to Strand 2.

Strand 3 is intended to accommodate a small number of festivals, previously funded on a recurring basis under the Annual Programming Grant funding stream, but now being invited to apply under FES on a non-recurring basis. Organisations wishing to apply to this strand are advised to contact the Head of Festivals, Úna McCarthy, directly.

The Festivals and Events Scheme is a non-recurring competitive scheme, assessed by a peer panel.

How do I apply?

All applications must be submitted through the Arts Councils online services website. All relevant support documentation must also be uploaded through the site (up to 40MB in total).

The window for making an online application opens on 7 January 2014.

If you are a first-time applicant for the festivals and events scheme you will need to register at https://onlineservices.artscouncil.ie/Secure/Login.aspx?lang=en-ie.  If you are already registered you will not need to re-register. 

  • Click on the Sign-up button under ‘New user’.
  • Choose to register as ‘organisation/group’ and select ‘Next’.
  • Fill in the required details and click ‘Register’.
  • You will shortly receive an email giving you password details to log in.

When you’ve received your email and logged in to the online site you will be able to download an application form and guidance notes for the relevant Strand you are applying under.

For further information on how to make an online application please go to the following links.

  • Online services FAQs: a listing of frequently asked questions about making an online application.
  • Youtube: A step-by-step video guide on how to download, complete and upload an application form for funding.
  • Twitter: a listing of funding-related tweets.

Posted, e-mailed and faxed applications will not be accepted.



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