Tourism Events and Festivals Grant

Local authorities, together with Fáilte Ireland, may provide financial support to business and community groups to support events and festivals in culture, food, sports and activity based tourism to attract visitors.

Tourism Events and Festivals Grant

Festivals and events are a key contributor to the economy for various reasons. Firstly, they generate significant revenue for local businesses, including hotels, restaurants, bars, and retail shops. During these events, visitors come to the host community, which creates jobs and stimulates economic growth. Secondly, festivals and events attract tourists both domestically and internationally, which can lead to increased tourism and further economic benefits. Additionally, they provide a platform for businesses and organizations to promote their products and services to a wider audience, thereby building brand awareness and loyalty that translates into increased sales and market share.

Furthermore, festivals and events contribute to the social and cultural fabric of a community. They bring people together, encourage community engagement, and provide opportunities for cultural exchange and education. Festivals and events also have a legacy impact, leaving a lasting impact on the host community both economically and socially. They can lead to infrastructure improvements, inspire new business ventures, and create a sense of pride and identity among residents. Thus, festivals and events are an important consideration for policymakers and business leaders looking to promote economic growth and prosperity.

Fáilte Ireland

It is an objective of Carlow County Council to            

  • Support and facilitate Fáilte Ireland and tourism stakeholder initiatives for the development of tourism experiences in the County, which deliver on the Ireland’s Ancient East brand and the preparation of Regional Tourism Strategies.
  • Engage and collaborate with Fáilte Ireland and other tourism stakeholders in support of their preparation of Destination Experience Development Plans (DEDPs) and other tourism masterplans within the County and in adjoining counties as appropriate.

Carlow has many visitor experiences such as Visual, Carlow Museum, Carlow Castle and the River Barrow and these grants and financial supports bring together these experiences in a coherent way.