Cork County Council is pleased to announce that the Local Festival Fund 2020 is now open for applications. Formerly known as the Fáilte Ireland Regional Festival Fund, Cork County Council took over management of the annual fund in 2018, allocating a total of €130,000 between 2018-2019 to local festivals and events throughout the county.
A total of €65,000 is available through this fund in 2020, and applicants can apply for amounts ranging from €500 up to a maximum of €6,000 per festival.
Chief Executive Tim Lucey commented:
“Festivals form a very important part of Cork’s tourism offering, being a key driver of economic growth. In recognition of this, Cork County Council has introduced increased supports for festivals and events, and has contributed in excess of €1.78 million towards the development of festivals and events between the period 2016-2019. This will pay dividends by generating increased spending in our towns and villages, encouraging repeat visitors and filling hotel beds in the community. There are also important social gains from festivals – they entertain, they celebrate and encourage participation within our communities, they showcase our villages and towns and are often an expression of identity and place.”
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O’ Sullivan said:
“I offer my full support to the Local Festival Fund, which over the years has enabled the hosting of some of Cork’s finest and most unique festivals such as the Ballydehob Jazz Festival, Youghal Medieval Festival and Old Butter Roads to name but a few. I would echo Tim Lucey’s sentiments that festivals have great importance in the shaping of a town’s identity and it’s something I love about Cork – that distinctive sense of character you get from each and every town. Local festivals are a great opportunity to showcase this and also bring our communities together. I would strongly encourage festival / event organisers to take a look at the criteria and consider making an application.”