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4. Advance notification of grant application deadline

5. Reminders: Small Festivals Scheme 2012 and Deis Award, closing dates Friday, 9 September 2011

6. Reminder: Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme

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Vol 8 Issue 12
31 August 2011

5. Reminders: Small Festivals Scheme 2012 and Deis Award, closing dates Friday, 9 September 2011

The Arts Council’s Small Festivals Scheme is designed, in the main, to support and provide opportunities for small arts festivals or events happening throughout the country next year. Under the scheme, organisations may apply for funding up to a maximum of €20,000. As in previous years, the scheme will be run in two rounds with closing dates to suit festivals taking place at different times of the year. 

The Small Festival Scheme is designed to be flexible and to cater for the broad range of arts organisations expected to avail of the scheme from once-off local events with short lead in times, requiring modest sums, to more ambitious initiatives involving longer planning cycles and requiring more in terms of funding. It also caters for events taking place throughout the year, e.g. a series of concerts. This year, the scheme funded 163 small festivals to the value of €863,399.

  • Round One Closing Date
    Round One of the scheme is available to festivals taking place on or before 30 June 2012. Closing date for receipt of applications for Round One is Friday, 9 September 2011. If applicants are organising a series of events (e.g. concert series) taking place over the course of the year, i.e. continuing beyond 30 June, they should also apply under Round One.

How do I apply?

In order to apply for the Small Festivals Scheme you will need to register  

  • Click on the Sign Up button under ‘New User’ (if you are not already registered)
  • Choose to register as ‘organisation/group’ and select ‘Next’.
  • Fill in the required details and click ‘Register’.
  • You will shortly receive an email giving you password details to log in.


When you have received your email and logged in to the online site you will be able to download an application form and guidance notes for the Small Festivals Scheme.

E-mailed and faxed applications will not be accepted.

First Time Applications
First time applicants to the scheme are advised to contact Úna McCarthy, Head of Festivals and Events, prior to submitting an application; telephone +353 1 6180272 or by email tofirsttime@artscouncil.ie.


Deis is open to individuals, groups, bands and organisations.
Applications for projects involving activity addressing cultural diversity are welcome.The maximum award available is €20,000.  The next deadline for applications under this scheme is also Friday, 9 September at 5:30pm.

Further information

    •  For further information and guidelines on this award click here.
    •  Contact Eimear Harte on +353 1 6197807 or email eimear.harte@artscouncil.ie

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