Applications are now open for Festival and Events Funding Scheme 2024 until 16th February, 2024.

Carlow County Council’s Festival & Events Scheme funding is to support the development of festivals, and promote local festivals that have an economic, tourism, cultural, artistic or community benefit to County Carlow.  The fund is a combination of Carlow County Council’s 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.

In 2023 the funding supported 16 festivals and events throughout the county.


The funding represents Carlow County Council’s commitment to supporting the strong community spirit across the County. These events are pivotal in helping to continue to make County Carlow the best place to live and visit while also enhancing the visitor experience.


The scheme has 2 fund elements: –


Minor Festival & Events – Family Focus Fund – Up to €1,500

The focus of the Minor Festival & Events – Family Focus Fund is to support visitor experiences based on single day events. The fund will provide up to €1,500 per application.


Regional Tourism Festival Funding  – Up to €7,000

This funding will be provided to festivals which have a direct economic impact by attracting visitors from outside of County Carlow. The max. funding provided will be up to €7,000 per festival.


The following Criteria Apply:

  • Festivals & Events which generate at least 30% of their operational costs from Ticket Sales & Sponsorship
  • Ticketed Visitor Numbers are a minimum of 400 individuals
  • Festivals which have a clear marketing plan which involves at least a 6-week period between the launch and the event being hosted.


To assist anyone interested in applying for funding under Festival & Events Scheme 2024 Carlow Local Enterprise Office will hold an Application Briefing in Local Enterprise Office, O’Brien Road, Carlow on Friday, 26th January, 2024 at 2pm.  If you are interested in attending or would like to know more about the application process please contact Linda Culleton, Economic Development Officer, Carlow County Council by email or 087-3449432.


For more information on Carlow County Council Festival & Event Fund 2024 and to apply for funding:-  Carlow County Council Festival & Event Fund 2024 | Carlow County Council’s Online Consultation Portal.

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