Arts Council announces Round 1 of Festivals and Events Scheme 2017

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The Arts Council announces Round 1 of Festivals and Events Scheme (FES) 2017. The aim of the scheme is to support a diverse range of arts festivals and events. The scheme's focus is primarily placed on public engagement and activities that have the arts as their core and foundation.

The FES 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 should apply for Strand 2.

The FES 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 in the second half of the year should wait for Round 2 to become available.

Applications will be assessed  under the following criteria:

  1. Artistic merit and ambition.
  2. Meeting the objectives and priorities of the Scheme.
  3. Feasibility (including financial and other support).

The closing date for applicants is Thursday September 29.

For further information and to apply follow the link below:



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