The Arts Council announces the first of two rounds of the Festivals Investment Scheme (FIS) for festivals taking place between January and June 2019.
The Arts Council’s role is to advocate for a diverse and varied arts festival ecology and to provide a chain of funding supports that encourage: models of national and international significance and best practice, models that increase opportunities for public engagement or develop the work of an artist/artform, festival programmes engaged with, and relevant to the local community.
The purpose of the Festival Investment Scheme is to provide support for small festivals to deliver their festival activity. The scheme is open to multi-disciplinary festivals, single artform festivals and ‘linked events’ that take place over a number of months (e.g. a concert series).
There are three bands of funding available:
- Band A: Up to €7,000
- Band B: Between €7,001 and €20,000
- Band C: Between €20,001 and €35,000
The Festivals Investment Scheme Round 1 is open to organisations promoting festivals with a clear artistic purpose and which will take place between January and June 2019*
Applications open: March 12th 2018
Applications closing date: April 12th 2018
The Festivals Investment Scheme is a non-recurring competitive scheme.
* Festivals that take place July to December 2019 should apply to Round 2 of the scheme, available in autumn 2018.