Kilkenny County Council at their January Meeting yesterday, Monday 20th January 2020, approved Tourism Festival grants in the sum of €89,000 for 2020.
According to Council Cathaoirleach Peter "Chap" Cleere - "These festivals represent a significant part of Kilkenny's attraction as a destination with a year-round calendar of activity, and the funding should be viewed as an investment in our local economy, resulting in commercial activity which will sustain jobs in the local area".
The Festivals identified have or have potential to impact on Kilkenny's tourism industry, and Cllr. Cleere says "Kilkenny County Council will work with these festivals at a strategic level to assist the festivals in development and programming, and in light of the Council's Climate Change commitments festivals will be encouraged to "green" their festivals and become local champions for our policies".
The Festival Grants were advertised in December 2019, with a closing date of 13th December 2019.
Festivals like Savour Kilkenny, Kilkenomics, Kilkenny Cat Laughs and Kilkenny Animated will all receive funding and a full list is available below.
Community grants will be allocated later in the year and will be administered through the Council's Community section.
LIST OF GRANTS APPROVED
|EVENT NAME||2020 GRANT ALLOCATED|
|The Kilkenny Cat Laughs||€ 10,500|
|Kilkenny Roots Festival||€ 5,776|
|Savour Kilkenny||€ 25,000|
|Subtitle European Film Festival||€ 9,500|
|Kilkenny Animated||€ 6,300|
|Kilkenny Tradfest||€ 9,774|
|JJ Reddy Danesfort Run||€ 1,750|
|Graiguenamanagh Town of Books||€ 4,000|
|Iverk Show||€ 1,500|
|Gowran Festival of Speed||€ 2,900|
|Kilkenny Craft Beer Festival||€ 500|
|Annual Castlecomer Wellie Race||€ 2,450|
|Abhainn Rí Festival||€ 1,850|