At the September meeting of the Plenary Council, Waterford City & County Council adopted a new Festival & Event Funding Policy which will help ensure that funding will be available to help events across Waterford to develop and grow and to ensure that Waterford continues to be the best place to live in Ireland.
 
The policy, which identifies a number of flagship festivals for Waterford, will put larger scale events on a surer footing by committing to three years funding.  This commitment by the Council will put these events, which attract regional and national audiences to Waterford, in a stronger position to secure acts and artists of a calibre that will raise both their and Waterford’s profile nationally and internationally.
 
Under the new policy, training will be provided to all event organisers to help them develop their event and create opportunities for existing events to grow and for new events to become established.  Details of the training will be advertised on Waterford Council’s social media in the coming weeks.
 
Festival and event organisers across Waterford are now being encouraged to apply for funding for events to be held in 2022.  Applications can be submitted online from October 5th at www.waterfordfestivals.ie and the closing date for applications is Sunday, November 7th
 
A helpline will be open from Wednesday, October 6th to Friday, November 5th to answer any queries relating to the application process - 0761 10 2169.
 
Waterford City & County Council’s Festival & Event Funding Policy is available at www.waterfordcouncil.ie