2019 fund for Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools:

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 3 April 2019

Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht 2019 fund for Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools:

1. Introduction During 2019 the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht will operate a fund for Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools Scheme to support the high level goal of the Department in relation to enhancing access to the arts, culture and film sectors and recognising the social and economic role of these sectors in Ireland.

The total amount of funding available to this fund is €75,000.

The maximum amount of funding per applicant is proposed to be in the order of €5,000.


2. Objective/Rationale

Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools Scheme is reserved for appropriate not-forprofit festivals, summer schools and other such similar events that support the aims and objectives of funding under subhead A6.

The Scheme is designed to support local cultural festivals and summer schools which are not in receipt of other central Government monies and which may not be eligible under funding criteria for larger scale events supported by Fáilte Ireland, the Arts Council and similar bodies.

The projects make a very important contribution to the development and promotion of Ireland's cultural tourism offering, to the benefit of both the domestic and foreign tourist and represent an important component of the delivery of the cultural tourism commitments in the Programme for Government.

3. Eligibility Applicants should:

· clearly set out the objective, purpose and targeted end result of the proposed project;

· demonstrate the extent to which the project meets the objectives of the Scheme with particular reference to the Summer Schools or Festivals element;

· delineate all of the project costs;

· confirm that bodies, organisations and institutions operate as not for profit;

· outline any details of funding from any other public body or clearly note where you are not in receipt of such funding

· confirm that the project is realistic in terms of scale, capacity to deliver, costs, assistance sought and timeframe for delivery;

· warrant that all representations made in pursuit of the application for funding are accurate and true;

· have all the requisite regulatory approvals in place; and

· be tax compliant.


Payment will be made on receipt of paid invoices accompanied by relevant reports and evidence of payment.


4. What we will not fund

To provide further clarity, here are some things which fall outside the scope of and will not be eligible for funding through this Scheme. This list is not exhaustive and the appraisal committee reserve the right to refuse any application.

1. Capital projects (e.g. equipment, musical instruments, plaques, statues, etc.)

2. Sports days and sporting events

3. Community and Family Fun Day events

4. Boot camps 5. Food Festivals

6. Commercial events / Profit making enterprise

7. Tidy Towns Events 8. Receptions, meals, alcohol, etc

9. Payments made in cash with no supporting proof of purchase


5. Contact point

All applications for consideration for funding under this scheme should be sent to:-

Ms. Sheila O'Donoghue,

Cultural Schemes Unit, Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, New Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 A49X

Email: F&SS@chg.gov.ie Phone: 064-6627314


6. Deadlines The closing date for receipt of applications for funding under the Scheme is 5:30pm on 19th April 2019.


Any funds allocated must be drawn down in accordance with the terms and conditions outlined in the letter of offer no later than the 30th September 2019.

Requests for payment will no longer be accepted after the final date and funding will be withdrawn from projects who have not completed full draw down by that date.


For more Information & Application form Click here  https://www.chg.gov.ie/arts/culture/grants-and-funding/small-scale-local-festivals-summer-schools/