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Headline Events (formerly Tier 2 Festivals) Fund 2019/20 Website

The Headline Events Fund Application Form is used to apply for annual financial support from Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC).

The primary purpose of the fund is to support large scale festivals that can make a measurable contribution to priority outcomes identified in through community planning process.

Headline Event Festivals have the potential to attract visitors from outside of the DCSDC area with the event showcasing the DCSDC area as a unique tourist destination.

Who can apply for funding?

The following section outlines the eligibility criteria for the The Headline Events Festivals Fund. Your organisation must meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible for this fund.

Your festival must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Total visitor numbers (including participants) generated greater than 1,000
  • Funding request from the DCSDC - £10,000 minimum, £30,000 maximum
  • Overall public sector support cannot be more than 80% of event costs
  • Festival has an overall budget of £50,000 (excluding in kind support)
  • Demonstrates a clear economic impact for the DCSDC area
  • A threshold score of 50% of the overall marks must be reached in order to be eligible

Furthermore your organisation must:

  • Be a legally constituted group and supply evidence of this (e.g. constitution or memorandum and articles of association).
  • Have an operational and festival programming focus in the DCSDC area.
  • Be a not-for-profit organisation.
  • Have up-to-date annual and management accounts signed as agreed by the board or management committee and supply copies of same.
  • Hold a bank account in the organisation’s name and provide evidence of this.
  • Have a board or management committee.
  • If relevant, have a child protection policy, vulnerable adults policy and equal opportunities policy and keep to relevant laws including the Race Relations (NI) Order 1997, the Sex Discrimination (NI) Order 1976, Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order 1998, and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

General Principles

This is a competitive scheme and applications will be determined on the basis of merit.

Applications to this scheme will be open to all organisations that can meet the core criteria of the scheme. Applicants will be able to apply to other sources of public support.

Organisations in receipt of public funding must comply with all statutory obligations regarding the delivery of their programming and access to their events.

It is a prime responsibility of Council to ensure the proper and efficient use of and the accountability of public monies. To this end, festival organisations will be required to provide relevant supporting information when applying for funding.

The organisation completing the form must be the same organisation that will receive and manage the grant. We will not consider an application made by one organisation on behalf of another.

The deadline for submission detailed on the application form is absolute. Council will not accept late submissions to this fund nor fund retrospective costs incurred.

How does the fund work?

  • There is one round of funding for the financial year 2019/20.
  • You can apply for any amount up to a maximum of £30,000 excluding in kind support.
  • Only one successful festival application (community festival or Headline Event) can be held by any festival in the 2019/20 financial year.
  • The fund will cover both Project Costs and Core Costs. Eligible core costs include infrastructure, programming and overheads. Ineligible core costs include hospitality, alcohol, salaries & wages, repayments of debts, retrospective grants or capital build expenditure. Please note equipment purchased must be clearly linked to the festival.
  • The Fund will not fund Festivals were the applicant will have a personal financial benefit
  • You will be required to submit a Festival Risk Assessment and a Festival Plan six weeks in advance of your event for consideration by the DCSDC Safety Advisory Group.
  • You must also complete and provide all monitoring and evaluation requirements for previous years' grant allocations before a further allocation for a festival will be considered.

When applying for funding:

Submission can be made online only.

However, if you have are unable to complete the online application form this information can be made available upon request in a number of formats including large print, Braille, PDF, audio formats (CD, MP3, DAISY) and minority languages. For further information on alternative formats please contact Tel 028 71 253253, text phone: 028 7137 6646 or e-mail

  • You may contact relevant Council Officers before completion of your Application.
  • Supporting Documentation is required for successful applications only. Any additional information provided will not be considered in the Assessment process.
  • Please keep a copy of your completed Application Form for your own reference.

Deadline for submission of applications

Applicants are reminded that the deadline for submission of applications is Friday 23rd November 2018 at 12 Noon. Under no circumstances will an application be deemed eligible after the deadline.

Please note that all projects will be subject to a monitoring and evaluation process.

Please read all documentation carefully before submitting your application.

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