Arts Festival Support Scheme

Arts Festivals Support Programme 2022 - Call for applications

Leitrim County Council Arts Office, with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland, is seeking applications from previous and new Arts Festival organisers who wish to present Arts Festivals in Leitrim in 2022 that can provide audiences in the county with access to innovative and high-quality arts programming.

The deadline for applications is Midnight on Sunday 27th March 2022.

The council is looking to support a number of arts festivals that collectively encompass a wide range of artforms and locations across the county. Applicants may be single artform festivals (e.g., literature, music, theatre, visual arts, dance, film, traditional arts, performance art, street arts etc.) or multidisciplinary arts festivals that programme across different artforms and different areas of arts practice.

In addition to providing financial support, Leitrim County Council will seek to put in place training and other supports to meet the developmental needs of festival organisers and to help ensure that festivals have the tools necessary to execute events to the highest standards.

The Arts Office provides financial support to Arts Festivals that:

-provide opportunities for the public access to high quality arts events
-provide opportunities for the public access to high quality arts events
-develop the work of artists and/or the development of artforms
-have a long-term strategy that considers programme, audience and festival management

What can I apply for?

All costs incurred in the presentation of festivals including but not limited to -

-Personnel Costs including fees for artists, producers, directors, technicians etc.
-Production Costs including staging, sound/lighting hire, transport, sets, costumes etc.
-Marketing and PR
-Venue Hire
-Health & Safety/Security

Assessment of Applications

Proposals are assessed on:

-The quality of the programme and programming policy
-The approach to audience engagement
-The knowledge and experience of the team who will manage the festival
-Good event management planning
-Track record – how well previous projects have been programmed and implemented.

Please note the following:

-Applications from individuals will not be considered.
-Organisations conducting arts events/activities that involve children or young people under 18 years must have and implement a Child Protection and Welfare Policy that adheres to current guidelines and legislation.
-Recipients of grant aid must acknowledge the sponsorship role of Leitrim County Council by including the Leitrim County Council logo on all websites, brochures, posters and programmes.

Payment of Grants

-There is no minimum or maximum award; however, it is anticipated that awards will generally be between €1,000 and €5,000.
-Payment to successful applicants will be made by electronic fund transfer only. Recipients may draw down 70% of funding upon confirmation of final programme details, budget and schedule and detailed Event Management Plan.
-The remaining 30% may be drawn down following the public presentation of the project, and submission of a short report along with documentation (photographs, video, press reviews etc.), and final accounts.

How do I apply?

The closing date for receipt of applications is Midnight on Sunday 25th March 2022. Applications may be made online only through the link below. Once you have downloaded and completed the application form and all mandatory appendices, and gathered any optional appendices you wish to include, you can apply online though the link.

Please note that the following attachments are essential, and you will need to have them ready to upload for your online application to be submitted successfully.

-Completed Application Form
-Income and Expenditure Budget
-Preliminary Event Management Plan or Preliminary Venue Agreement(s) (templates provided)
-Copy of Child Protection Policy (if festival involves events with or for children)

Optional Appendices include

-CVs or biographies of the artists and broader creative team involved
-Further press or marketing material relating to artists
-Press or marketing material relating to previous events
-any other information you consider relevant

Completed application forms must be uploaded before midnight on Friday 25th of March 2022 through the link below. For further information and technical support contact 071 96 21694 or email


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