Local Events in Galway City Urged to Apply for Community Tourism Grants
Application Process for 2016 Funding Opens
For Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora
Galway City Council today announced that applications for funding are now being sought under the Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora. The initiative, launched in 2014, builds on the community involvement legacy of The Gathering 2013 and is a joint partnership between Galway City Council, IPB Insurance and Fáilte Ireland.
Now in its third year, the scheme provides a local fund of €32,000 to support community-based events and festivals each year. Last year, the local events supported in Galway City, attracted over 500 visitors from overseas. The festivals funded last year included:
- Galway International Rally
- Galway Fringe Festival
- Galway Cup Soccer Tournament
- Galway Masters Basketball Tournament
Announcing this year's funding, Brendan McGrath Chief Executive of Galway City Council commented:
"We all witnessed the benefits from The Gathering and this scheme gives us an opportunity to build on its legacy. The Community Tourism Initiative allows us to sustain many of the grass roots networks which sprang to life during The Gathering in Galway City and sustain an infrastructure of events and relationships which will have long term tourism and social benefits for this region for many years to come.
"For that reason, I would urge anyone out there with a good idea or interesting event, which would help us to reach out to the diaspora, to get in touch with us and make an application"
Local authorities throughout the country are now accepting applications in order to determine 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 local level with the grant applications and awards being decided in accordance with agreed national criteria.
Administered locally by Galway City Council, the application process for 2016 is now open and will close on 11 March 2016 . Interested parties are advised to contact Peter Salmon, Community & Culture Department, Galway City Council. Tel;091-536460. Email; firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.