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Applications invited for festival funding 18.02.16

DONEGAL County Council has today announced that funding applications are being invited from groups and organisations to support local community based festivals and events in 2016.
This initiative, which was launched in 2014, provides a national fund of €1m to support local community-based events and festivals. Last year, 58 local events were supported in Donegal, attracting up to 14,000 visitors from overseas. The festivals funded last year included Clonmany Community Festival and the International Six Nations Sheep Shearing Competition.
The national scheme is being administered locally by Donegal County Council and funding applications and awards will be decided in accordance with agreed national criteria.
The local authority's director of services Liam Ward said: "We all witnessed the benefits from The Gathering and this scheme gives us an opportunity to build on its legacy."
He urged anyone "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”.
The application process is now open and will close on March 11, 2016. The 2016 Community Tourism Diaspora form can be downloaded from www.donegalcoco.ie . For more information contact Iga Lawne at iga@countydonegaltourism.com .
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