Application Process for 2016 Funding Opens for Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora
Meath County Council today announced that applications for funding are now being sought under the Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora. The initiative, launched in 2014, builds on the community involvement legacy of The Gathering 2013 and is a joint partnership between Meath County Council, IPB Insurance and Fáilte Ireland.
Now in its third year, the scheme provides a national fund of €1m to support local community-based events and festivals each year. Last year, the 30 local events were supported in Meath, attracting up to 3000 visitors from overseas. The festivals funded last year included:
- ALMC Motor Club – ALMC Stages Rally
- Jim Connell Trade Union Festival
- Irish Open Accordion Festival 2015
- Le Cheile Arts & Music Festival
- Scurlogstown Olympaid Ltd
The Johnstons folk Music Festival
Administered locally by Meath County Council, the application process for 2016 is now open and will close on Friday 11th March 2016. Interested parties are advised to contact Mary Duff at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Announcing this year’s funding, Michele Whelan, Tourism Officer emphasised:
“We all witnessed the benefits from The Gathering and this scheme gives us an opportunity to build on its legacy. The Community Tourism Initiative allows us to sustain many of the grass roots networks which sprang to life during The Gathering in Meath and sustain an infrastructure of events and relationships which will have long term tourism and social benefits for this region for many years to come.
“For that reason, I would urge anyone out there with a good idea or interesting event, which would help us to reach out to the diaspora, to get in touch with us and make an application”
Local authorities throughout the country are now accepting applications in order to determine those local events with the best potential to have the impact and long-term potential to make a difference. The initiative is being administered at local level with the grant applications and awards being decided in accordance with agreed national criteria.