Closing date passed
Artform & practices:
Collaborative application possible?
Regina OShea, Natalie Byrne
5.30pm, Thursday, 7 February 2013.
This closing date is for festivals and events that will take place between 1 July - 31 December 2013.
The Arts Council has introduced a new scheme to support festivals and events. The Festivals and Events Scheme (FES) subsumes the previous Small Festivals Scheme. This change follows from a review of aspects of Councils funding structures and systems and arises in the context of the current budgetary environment. 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, like its predecessor, 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 2013.
First-time applicants and applicants who have not been funded previously by the Small Festivals Scheme must apply to Strand 1 only. Festivals previously funded by the Arts Council under the Small Festival Scheme are advised to apply to either Strand 1 or Strand 2, subject to the level of funding most recently received. 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, Una McCarthy, directly.
The Festivals and Events Scheme is a non-recurring competitive scheme, assessed by a peer panel.
How do I apply?
The Arts Council has launched an online services website. All applications must be submitted through the online services website. You can upload a wide range of support materials in electronic format (up to 40 MB in total) along with your application form.
The window for making an online application opens on 18 December 2012.
If you are a first-time applicant for the small festivals 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. (Please note registrations will not be available between 20th December 2012 - 7th January 2013.)
- 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.
LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Click on the following link to download a copy of the guidelines for the Strand you wish to apply for: