SDCC announce scheme for local festivals and events

by Padraig Conlon
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South Dublin County Council has announced a Tourism Events and Festivals Grant Scheme for Autumn/Winter 2019 for locals looking to organise an event.

This funding programme is aimed at both organisations and organisers alike who plan to hold a public festival or event within South Dublin County Council’s administrative area.

The aim is to fund innovative events/festivals that are supported by local businesses and communities which will add value to the local area’s tourism product.

The maximum grant available is €7,500 and is paid directly relating to the number of spectators from out of county and overseas.

Key priority areas such as cultural, food, sports and activity-based tourism, aimed at growing the visitor economy are included in the grant offering.

Having been launched as a pilot scheme in 2018, the Tourism Events and Festivals Grant proved to be a great success providing funding in the sum of €24,910 to a variety of organisations who ran events in South Dublin County.

These events included Dublin’s Masters International Basketball Tournament, The 59th Liffey Descent, Clondalkin Handcraft and Horticultural Show, and South Dublin on Ice.

Fiona Guinan, Secretary of the Clondalkin Handcraft and Horticultural Show said: “The Tourism Events and Festivals Grant was invaluable in helping the Clondalkin Handcraft and Horticultural Show to have our biggest and most successful show to date.

“We have hosted the show for the last 5 years, after reviving the show that ran for 30 years until the 1990s, and it has grown each year with the help of many hardworking volunteers, sponsoring companies, fundraising and fantastic ongoing support from South Dublin County Council’s Dublin’s Outdoors Team.”

Up to €30,000 has been allocated for The Tourism Events and Festivals Scheme for 2019.

To apply for the scheme, event organisers can complete an application form online by visiting or send hard copies to The County Promotion Unit, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24 or via email [email protected]

Closing date for applications is Friday 30 August

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