On Tuesday 15th April Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring will announce funding for The Community Tourism Diaspora Project.
This initiative is a partnership between Fáilte Ireland, IPB Insurance and Local Authorities and has been established as a follow on from the success of the Gathering in mobilising local communities to harness diaspora links for the benefit of local tourism. Each party is contributing €330,000 per year for 3 years towards community events which will have a strong Diaspora element. The objectives of the initiative are to:
- Provide support in the form of small-scale funding incentives for community-based tourism events that have the capacity to carry through the legacy of The Gathering in 2014 and beyond;
- Create a national network of local events with the capacity to deepen diaspora linkages and networks that have been developed or re-activated during The Gathering year;
- To foster the growth of strong county diaspora networks on the basis that diaspora relationships are rooted in ‘people and place’.
Applications will be invited from April 15th and the application deadline is 9th May 2014. Please highlight in your offices, websites and social media platforms and local media.