Failte Ireland have recently launched a New Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora. They will provide an annual fund of €1m over the next three years to support up to 700 local community-based events and festivals each year.
Funding is available for groups or organisations organising community events / activities with a strong focus on the Diaspora and attract overseas visitors to the county / locality with the potential to be repeated.
The Local Authorities are implementing the initiative at county/city level and are responsible for funds administration – including grant applications and awards. There is a national criteria standard, but each Local Authority may have slight amendments to their own criteria. Funding available ranges from €500 to €3000 depending on the number of overseas visitors delivered, breaking down to €50 for every overseas visitor.
So if you are planning a festival or event that is encouraging overseas visitors we recommend you contact your Local Authority immediately. We have downloaded a copy of the spreadsheet of contacts as provided by Failte Ireland.
Failte Ireland have fast tracked this fund to try and get it out to benefit events for 2014, but the time line for entry is short with a deadline of 9 May in most Local Authorities for entries (some may be extending due to short time line), so you need to move fast. There are a few contacts still being established, so if the contact for your region is not stated on the attached list please get in touch and we will follow it up with Failte Ireland for you immediately.
Here is the Failte Ireland press release - http://www.failteireland.ie/News-Features/News-Library/New-community-tourism-initiative-to-reach-out-to-d.aspx