The Arts Council Announce Festivals Investment Scheme
The Arts Council has announced round two of the Festivals Investment Scheme for festivals that commence between Monday, 1 July 2024 and Tuesday, 31 December 2024. Applications open on Tuesday, 24 October 2023. Application deadline is 5.30pm on Thursday, 23 November 2023, learn more here.
Festival clinics for applicant organisations take place on Thursday, 12 October at 2pm, register here. Returning applicants to the scheme as well as new applicants should attend this clinic which will set out changes to both the application form and guide lines. There will also be an opportunity for the clinic participants to ask questions.
The Festivals Investment Scheme is a competitive scheme that offers funding to support the staging of festivals on a non-recurring basis. It is important to note that funding under this programme is offered on a once-off basis. Therefore, those offered awards in previous funding rounds of the Festival Investment Scheme should not assume that funding will be provided.
There are three bands of funding available:
Band A – For awards up to €10,000
Band B – For awards of €10,001–€25,000
Band C – For awards of €25,001–€45,000
There are three funding bands in the Festivals Investment Scheme and each one is designed to support festivals at different stages of their development. An organisation may make only one application under the Festivals Investment Scheme in a year (i.e. one application in one band per calendar year). You should choose the one most suitable for your festival organisation. Please refer to the application guidelines for more details.
The Festivals Investment Scheme is a competitive scheme that offers funding to support the staging of festivals on a non-recurring basis. The Arts Council welcomes applications from organisations (voluntary and professional) operating annual, biennial or triennial festival programmes and supports both multi-disciplinary arts festivals as well as those in a single artform discipline through this award.
You must be registered with The Arts Council’s 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.