The Arts Council announces Round 1 of the 2017 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 objective of the scheme is to support a diverse range of arts festivals and events. While these might be expressed in a variety of forms, the scheme’s focus is firmly placed on public engagement and activities that have the arts as their core and foundation.
The Festivals and Events Scheme is open to multi-disciplinary festivals, single art form festivals, once-off events and concert series.
There are two strands of funding available:
• Strand 1: Up to €10,000
• Strand 2: Between €10,001 and €20,000
All first-time applicants or those who previously received funding below the €10,000 threshold in their most recent application must apply under Strand 1 of the scheme. Those applicants who were offered €10,000 or more (up to €20,000) in their most recent application may apply to Strand 2.
The Festivals and Events Scheme is open to organisations promoting festivals or events with a clear artistic purpose and that will take place in the first half of the calendar year 2017. Applications for funding for festivals taking place in the second half of 2017 should apply to Round 2.
The scheme is also open to organisations running a series of events (e.g. concerts) throughout the calendar year – in other words, apply under this round for support for the full programme of events.
The Festivals and Events Scheme is a non-recurring competitive scheme.
The closing date for Round 1 is 29 September 2016.
All applications are assessed in a competitive context and within available resources.
Applications are assessed against the following criteria:
1. Artistic merit and ambition
2. Meeting the objectives and priorities of the scheme
3. Feasibility (including financial and other support)
How do I apply?
In order to apply for the festivals and events scheme you will need to register here, for Arts Council online services.
- Click on the Sign Up button under ‘New User’ (if you are not already registered)
- 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 Festivals and events scheme.
E-mailed, posted, faxed or late applications will not be accepted.
Guidelines and criteria for this scheme will be available on our website in early August 2016 and the window for applying will open from 30 August 2016 on our online services.