South Dublin County Council: Urging you to get creative for Diaspora.

By Rachel Maloney

South Dublin County (SDCC) are advising local citizens and events to apply for Community Tourism Grants. They announced on February 16th 2016 that applications for funding are now being sought under the Community Tourism initiative for the Diaspora.

The initiative which was originally launched in 2014 relies heavily on the community involvement legacy of ‘The Gathering 2013’ and is a joint partnership with SDCC, IPB Insurance and Fáilte Ireland.

Now into its third year this scheme provides a national fund of 1 million euro to support local community-based events and festivals each year. Last year a total of €9,000 was granted to support local events in South Dublin which attracted nearly 400 visitors from overseas – these events included: Dublin Masters Basketball Association, Dublin Summer Bridge Congress and AMA Ireland international Karate Championships 2015.

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The Scheme which is run locally by SDCC, have said the application process for 2016 is now open and will close on the 11th March 2016.

During an announcement for this year’s funding, Daniel McLoughlin Chief Executive of SDCC said:

“The Gathering in 2013 provided a boost to the tourism sector both nationally and locally and this scheme gives South Dublin County an opportunity to build on that legacy. This Community Tourism Initiative allows us to sustain an infrastructure of events and relationships which I am sure will have long term tourism and social benefits for South Dublin County for many years to come.”

He continued stating that he welcomed the continuation of this initiative and would urge anyone out there with a good or interesting idea or event that would help reach out to the Diaspora to get in touch with this application.

Local authorities throughout the country are as of now accepting applications to the local events that are most likely to make an impact and have long term potential to make a difference.

The initiative is being administered at a local level with the grant applications and awards being decided in accordance with agreed national criteria.