Cork County Council open applications for Local Festival Fund 2023

Cork County Council has announced that applications for funding under the Cork County Local Festival Fund 2023 are now open.

The funding is a new 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:

“I am delighted to announce that the Cork County Local Festival Fund 2023 is now open and will enable the hosting of some of Cork’s best and most unique festivals in the months ahead. Not only are festivals an important part of our cultural identity, but they are also significant economic drivers. As well as entertaining and bringing local communities together, local festivals have the potential to attract thousands of visitors to experience all that Cork County has to offer.”


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