Fingal County Council is excited to announce the launch of its Festival and Event Funding Scheme for 2024. This initiative aims to encourage groups and organisations to host their upcoming events in Fingal, building on the success of previous years and fostering community engagement and tourism within the region. Fingal has a rich tradition of hosting diverse and vibrant events, from the renowned summer music series at Malahide Castle to Flavours of Fingal, Ireland’s largest County show or the new Unison Festival. Each year, over 100 events captivate audiences across the County, spanning from major music and theatre festivals, seafood celebrations, local summer festivals, community-driven events, and parades. John Quinlivan, Director of Economic Enterprise, Tourism, and Cultural Development at Fingal County Council expressed the council’s commitment to supporting a wide range of events and festivals in the area. He said: “Fingal is already dedicated to supporting a wide array of events and festivals taking place across the County, and we want to ensure other organisations are looking at Fingal as their destination of choice for gigs, festivals, and other events. Not only will this help drive tourism and develop the visitor experience in the area, but we also hope this will help residents connect with their community and bring joy and excitement to people’s lives.” The 2024 Festival and Event Funding Scheme comprises three distinct strands of support, each catering to different event scales and objectives: Strand 1: Designed for smaller-scale events expected to attract audiences of fewer than 1,000 people. Funding of up to €6,000 will be available to eligible applicants. Strand 2: Targeting larger events that draw audiences exceeding 1,000 people and span a minimum of two fully programmed days. Organizers can apply for funding of up to €25,000. Strand 3: Tailored to support groups interested in exploring the feasibility and long-term sustainability of a festival or event. Grants of up to €10,000 are available for this category. For comprehensive information on the various funding strands and application requirements, please visit Fingal County Council’s Festival and Event Funding webpage. Applications for the 2024 Festival and Event Funding Scheme will be accepted from 28 September 2023. The deadline for submission is 31 January 2024 giving organisers ample time to prepare and submit their proposals, Fingal County Council looks forward to collaborating with event organisers to create memorable and impactful experiences for residents and visitors alike in 2024. This initiative reflects the council’s dedication to fostering culture, tourism, and community development within the region.