Cork County Council is inviting applications for funding under the Cork County Local Festival Fund 2023, a competitive grant scheme to support the development of festivals that drive domestic tourism in Cork County and help to improve the visitor experience.
A total of €65,000 is available through the Local Festival Fund in 2023 and applicants can apply for funding up to a maximum of €6,000 per festival. 75% of funding under the grant scheme is provided by Fáilte Ireland, with Cork County Council providing match funding of 25%.
Your festival may be eligible for funding under the Local Festival Fund, if:
• It is held within the boundaries of Cork County
• It attracts domestic visitors and improves the visitor experience
• It generates a minimum of 250 visitor bed-nights in paid accommodation
• The festival has a minimum expenditure of €7,500
• The festival demonstrates a commitment to sustainable best practices
Welcoming the opening of the scheme, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Danny Collins said,
Ciara Sugrue, Head of Festivals at Fáilte Ireland, said, “Festivals and events play a key role in delivering brilliant visitor experiences, providing a unique reason for visitors to choose a destination and increasing footfall for local businesses, supporting jobs and revenue generation. Domestic tourism will be hugely important again this year as we work towards recovery. Managed by Cork County Council, the Local Festival Fund will support festivals that drive domestic demand and enhance the visitor experience across Cork County.”
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey added,