Festivals and Events Grant Scheme deadline extension
The Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland have come together in partnership to develop guidelines in line with the government’s COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021-The Path Ahead to help festival and event organisers minimise the risk of the transmission of COVID-19 at festivals and individual events, and to rebuild confidence and trust among attendees.
This guidance is designed to support festivals and event organisers in the preparation, execution and safe presentation of festivals and events during the pandemic; it also contains response planning, helpful links, templates and examples for users. A link to the guidance and its appendices is now available on the Arts Council website:
In light of these new guidelines, it has been decided to extend the deadline for the Festivals and Events Grant Scheme 2021/2022 by an additional two weeks. This is to allow applicants sufficient time to familiarise themselves with, and to take into account these guidelines with regard to their own submissions.
The new closing date for applications is now 4pm Wednesday July 7th, 2021.
Limerick City and County Council since 2017 has made new direct investment, through this competitive grant scheme, of €1,131,000 in the Festivals and Events sector. This investment has provided the stimulus to elevate Limerick’s Festival and Events offer and has contributed to Limerick’s reputation as an exciting and dynamic place. Building on this Limerick City and County Council are providing further strategic investment in Festivals and Events in 2021 to the sum of €211,000. This year’s fund includes a €6,000 contribution in partnership with Failte Ireland’s Regional Festivals and Participative Events.
This competitive grant scheme, offers the opportunity for funding under three Strands, for Festivals and Events taking place from 1st October 2021 and 30th September 2022.
The three strands of funding are:
1. S1: Delivery and Programming of Small and Community focused Festivals and Events
2. S2: Delivery and Programming of Medium and Large Scale Festivals and Events
3. S3: Festival Development and Sustainability
Strand 1: Small and Community Festivals/Events. Total Fund Available approx. €35,000
- Previous or Expected Audience: Under 2,000
- Maximum Grant €5,000
Strand 2: Medium to Large Festivals/Events. Total Fund Available approx. €172,000
- Previous or Expected Audience: Over 2,001+
- Maximum Grant €30,000
Strand 3: Festival Development and Sustainability. Total Fund Available €4,000
Seeking applications for Strand 3 does not bind Limerick City and County Council to allocating this funding. Only two applications will be selected for Strand 3 funding, if they meet the criteria.
Please Note: This grant scheme applies only to festivals and events taking place within Limerick.
A full list of Guidelines and Terms & Conditions are available to download at the beginning of this online application process.