Carlow County Council - Festival & Event Fund 2023

Carlow County Council announces the FESTIVAL & EVENT FUNDING SCHEME 2023 – with a CLOSING DATE of 17th February 2023 @ 5.00pm

Carlow County Council – Festival & Event Fund 2023

Carlow County Council’s Festival & Event Fund aims to assist with the creation of community-based tourism events for County Carlow. The Fund is a combination of Carlow County Councils own events, events in partnership with other bodies that have similar objectives, and events run by external organisers who receive direct funding contributions from Carlow County Council via an application process for the Festival & Events Fund.

The call for applications is for Festivals & Events which occur during the period May 2023 to October 2023.


The scheme is open to groups or organisations that are organising Events and Festivals during the period 1st May 2023 to 31st October 2023. Applications are accepted online only on (Make sure to scroll down to Festival & Events 2023). CLOSING DATE 17th February 2023 @ 5.00pm.

To be eligible for funding the event must:

  • Be located in County Carlow
  • Take place between 1st May 2023 and 31st October 2023
  • Be willing to acknowledge funding as per the guidelines with Carlow County Council/Failte Ireland logos on all PR/marketing material
  • For free events all expenditure is eligible except for certain ineligible expenditure which is noted below
  • For paid ticketed events (including pay at entrance events), only pre-development costs are eligible, such as marketing and promotion of the event
  • Have a general audience appeal and be socially inclusive
  • Clearly demonstrate potential to generate economic, social and/or cultural benefits
  • be focused on developing demonstrable, measurable tourism impacts in the County
  • Complement the County’s calendar of events in relation to attracting overseas’ visitors
  • Animate public spaces in creative and innovative ways within the County
  • Demonstrate financial sustainability and the capacity to further develop the event
  • Have a clear PR and marketing plan including a social media strategy to actively promote the event.

 To be eligible for funding the event must not: 

  • be from commercial organisations that share out profits to members
  • be for activities that have been or are being grant-aided by other sources of funding
  • be Charity fundraisers
  • be Festivals/Events with the sole purpose of celebrating a religious or political event/commemoration
  • be sporting events, which cannot be classified under cultural heritage
  • be proposals in which programmes are primarily focused on the delivery of a competitive process, workshop series, summer schools, or on-going classes
  • be activities that duplicate what Carlow County Council is currently delivering in the culture, arts, and heritage field. 

Applicants must also be able to confirm the following where applicable: 

  • A bank account in its own name and can supply evidence of adequate insurance cover for all aspects of their activities
  • Be fully compliant with financial regulations including an up-to-date Tax Clearance Certificate
  • Be fully aware of event management requirements and all relevant legislation
  • Be able to provide a Child Safeguarding Statement in line with the Children First Act 2015
  • Be fully compliant with GDPR and its requirements
  • Submit details of any applications made, intend to be made or awards of funding given by other departments within the Council or any other body for the same festival
  • Supply a projected estimated budget sheet
  • Provide post event income and expenditure accounts for the festival
  • Only one application per event will be considered 

Statutory agencies are NOT eligible to apply. 

Speaking about the Festival & Event Scheme 2023, Economic Development Officer with the Local Enterprise Office, Pierce Kavanagh, said, “this call is designed with festivals for the Summer and Autumn seasons in mind, to assist festivals and events for the period May to Oct 2023.” Pierce continued to say, “like last year all applications must be submitted via  with a simplified application process to make it easier for organisations to apply and drawdown the funds after their event.”

Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, Cllr. Brian O’Donoghue, said, “I’m delighted to support this new funding call from Carlow County Council’s Local Enterprise Office, which will support festivals and events for 2023.” The Cathaoirleach continued to say, “I know these have been difficult times for all and we in Carlow County Council are keen to play our part in supporting festivals and events which are an important part of our culture and create economic activity in our County.” Concluding, the Cathaoirleach said, “We hope that people will engage with this scheme and further information is available on the Local Enterprise Office website at or by calling the office on 059 9129 783.”

For further information and terms and conditions click here or contact Kieran Comerford on or by calling 059 9129 783.