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Call for Festivals 2013

Under the National Tourism Programme, 2013 will be the year of the “The Gathering”.

The Gathering Ireland 2013 is about asking anyone who has Irish blood, a link to Ireland, or even just a love of our country – to join a series of amazing and diverse events throughout 2013.

Under the Rural Development Programme operated by Offaly Local Development Company, funding can be applied to support local festivals/ community events.


Eligible activities include:

  • Marketing and promotional costs associated with the festival / event
  • Purchase or hire of festival /event equipment
  • Marketing Merchandise
  • Festivals incorporating “The Gathering 2013”  initiatives  into their festival will be prioritised

Ineligible activities include:

Operational costs including overheads / administrative expenses; entertainment costs; activities which have been or are being grant aided by other public sources; activities undertaken prior to grant approval.

Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from Community/Voluntary groups, Business, Enterprise networks and Private Promoters.

Festivals and community events are recommended to have a Gathering Focus/ Element attached to their Festival.

Grant aid:


Category One:

  • One & two day festivals up to maximum €5,000 (Priority will be given to two day festivals)


Category Two:

  • Festivals: 3 days or more and / or attracting at least 5,000 visitors / festival goers - €5,000 - €25,000.


Rates of Grant aid:

  • 75% for community / voluntary group applications
  • Up to a max of 75% for enterprise group / business network, private promoter applications


Closing Date for Festival Application: Wednesday 29th August 4.00pm at Millennium House, Main Street, Tullamore, Co Offaly.



For further Information, please contact:

Caitriona Duggan

Offaly Local Development Company,

Tullamore: Tel: 057  9322850; Banagher: Tel: 057 9151622

E-mail:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Website: www.offalyldc.ie

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