Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative Currently Open

IPB has announced it is partnering with Fáilte Ireland & the 31 Local Authorities once again to support the second year of the Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative. The initiative, launched last year, builds on the community involvement legacy of The Gathering 2013 and provides an annual fund of €1m (€3m in total) to support local community-based events and festivals each year.

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2015

Last year, the 376 local events which were supported attracted up to 40,000 visitors from overseas. Administered by local authorities, the application process for 2015 is now open and will close on 31 March. Interested parties are advised to contact their local authority to apply. 

The success of this Public-Private partnership model was illustrated by the impact of the €2 million IPB Gathering Ireland Fund, which targeted local community festivals and events as well as larger towns through flagship events during the year of The Gathering in 2013.

Announcing this year’s funding, Minister Ring emphasised: “The Gathering brought communities together and many local communities wanted to continue to build on its impact by organising small festivals to reach out to the diaspora. Small in scope, many of these festivals would not be eligible under Fáilte Ireland’s national and regional festivals schemes. Thanks to the support of IPB and Fáilte Ireland, the local authorities now have this initiative as an option to assist small local festivals all around the county. 
The Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative is administered at county level where local authorities seek applications for support from local community events. The objectives of the initiative are:
  • To provide support in the form of small-scale funding incentives to community-based tourism events that have the capacity to carry through on the legacy of The Gathering;
  • To create a national network of local events with the capacity to deepen diaspora links and networks that were developed or re-activated during The Gathering year;
  • To foster the growth of strong county diaspora networks on the basis that diaspora relationships are rooted in ‘people and place’.
One third of the funding over its three year cycle is being provided by IPB as part of our Corporate Social Engagement Framework where the Irish diaspora is a nominated priority.

Local authorities throughout the country will now seek applications from interested parties and ultimately select 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 county/city level with grant applications and awards being decided in accordance with agreed national criteria. 

Find your local authority here.