The key objective of the Fund is to provide support to local and community event organisers and activities / projects that will harness diaspora links for the benefit of local and community tourism.
What Fund amounts are available?
Fund amounts will be for a minimum of €500 and a maximum of €3,000 and will be directly related to the number of overseas visitors that will be delivered. Overseas visitors are those who travel from outside of the island of Ireland.
Who is eligible to apply?
It is open to groups or organisations that are organising community events / activities in 2014. To be eligible for funding, the event / project must:
Deliver a number of incremental overseas visitors (where incremental overseas visitors are those additional visitors over and beyond those which would normally visit the county);
Be focused on developing strong diaspora links with the community;
Demonstrate a capacity to deliver i.e. the Community Event Organiser(s) must provide evidence of and have a clear plan for tapping into international networks;
Have the capability to promote the event and provide a potential for media coverage;
Contribute at a local level to the city’s / county’s calendar of events in relation to attracting overseas visitors;
Be either a new event which will take place in 2014 or an addition to an existing event which is being expanded to specifically deliver incremental overseas visitors.
There is no guarantee of funding for events which achieve the minimum eligibility criteria. The fund is limited and eligible applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis against the criteria above.
What types of Events will be funded?
Various types of Community Events will be considered for funding – however they must have a strong focus on the Diaspora and therefore attract overseas visitors to the county / locality. They also must have the potential to be repeated.
What items and expenses are excluded from the fund?
Infrastructural / tourism development projects / capital costs for the county;
Festivals which have already received funding under the Fáilte Ireland National or Regional Festivals Fund;
Spend on alcoholic beverages, fines, penalty payments, legal cost, audit fees, financial consultancy fees and wages and salaries of consultants;
In general the cost of items for resale are ineligible.
How do I apply?
You should apply directly to Clare County Council. Only completed submissions received via the approved application form will be considered. The completed form must be sent to:
Clare County Council
Tourism & Community Department
Áras Contae an Chláir
Co Clare Email: email@example.com
A signed version of the application must be scanned in and then emailed (with the appropriate signature(s) of the organiser). You may also submit accompanying additional documentation with your completed application form as appropriate. Applications must be received at our offices by 4.00pm on the 9th May 2014.