Funding Opportunity: Arts Council Festival Investment Scheme

Applications are now open for the second round of the Arts Council Festival Investment Scheme (FIS) for festivals taking place between July and December 2022.

Closing date for applications is Thursday, 18 November at 5.30pm.

The Arts Council’s role is to advocate for a diverse and varied arts festival ecology and to provide a chain of funding supports that encourage: models of national and international significance and best practice, models that increase opportunities for public engagement or develop the work of an artist/artform, festival programmes engaged with, and relevant to the local community.

The purpose of the Festival Investment Scheme is to provide support for small festivals to deliver their festival activity. The scheme is open to multi-disciplinary festivals and single artform festivals.  

There are three bands of funding available:

  • Band A: Up to €7,000
  • Band B: Between €7,001 and €20,000
  • Band C: Between €20,001 and €35,000

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.

Important

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.

Please Note:

  • that linked events, such as quarterly music recitals or monthly literature platforms will NOT be prioritsed for funding;
  • All applications should be based on the best public-health advice and guidance available at the time of making your application;
  • All applications are required to provide contingency plans in relation to their festival planning.

Closing date for applications is Thursday, 18 November 2021 at 5.30pm.

For further information, FAQs and to apply, please see artscouncil.ie.

Please note: You must be registered with the online services website to make an application for any Arts Council funding. 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.

We also urge anyone, before starting your application, to reach out to the relevant contact (Regina O’Shea) within the Arts Council at smallfestivals@artscouncil.ie.