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Press Release- Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora 2016

Local Events in Kildare Urged to Apply For Community Tourism Grants

Application Process for Community Tourism Initiative

for the Diaspora 2016 opens

 

Kildare County Council has 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 Kildare County Council, IPB Insurance and Fáilte Ireland.

Now in its third year, the scheme provides a national fund of €1m to support local community-based events and festivals each year. Last year, over twenty local events were supported in Kildare attracting up to 7,000 visitors from overseas. The festivals funded last year included:

  • Athy Rugby Club Youth
  • Brigids Way Celtic Pilgrimage
  • Clane St. Patrick’s Day Festival
  • Kildare Derby Festival
  • Maynooth Parents Association 10k run
  • Maynooth University Music Conference

Administered locally by Kildare County Council, the application process for 2016 is now open and will close on 11 March 2016. Interested parties are advised to contact aconneely@kildarecoco.ie or 045 980531 to apply.

Announcing this year’s funding, Peter Minnock, Director of Planning, Community & Culture emphasised:

“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 Kildare 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.

 

Ends                                                                                                   19 February 2016

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