Arts Council of Wales | Festivals for Organisations

Festivals for Organisations

Supporting high quality and distinctive celebrations of the best in the arts in Wales

Festivals play a vital role in the cultural make-up of Wales. They have an ability to reach people that might not otherwise visit traditional arts venues and are a platform for demonstrating the richness of culture in Wales.

The best festivals can offer something out of the ordinary. We want to support focused, time-limited festivals with vibrant, high quality arts programmes of events and activities which are a celebration of the diversity and uniqueness of Wales. They must have a clear artistic focus and a commitment to programming quality work.

We will not support programmes of activity that could take place in a theatre or gallery, or where the arts are a minor part of a different type of festival event. Neither will we support year round programmes of work.

Although we are interested in festivals that present all artforms, we don’t support film. That’s because we delegate funding for film to Ffilm Cymru Wales.

What are we looking for?

Do you have a Festival in mind that could be suitable for funding? Find out more about what we’re looking for in an application and what funding is available here in the Festivals strand document.

Not the right strand for your project? Return to the list of strands for Arts Grants for Organisations.

Are you eligible?

You should ensure that you have also read our information on Getting Started. You can check that your organisation is eligible to apply by taking our Eligibility Quiz.

If you have a project that you think might be suitable to apply for under this strand, please contact us before starting an application. You can email your project ideas to:

How to apply

If you have a project that you think might be suitable to apply for under this strand you need to discuss it with one of our Development Officers, who will send you a link to an application form if they think it’s suitable for us to consider funding.

Please email details to If you’ve already been working with a Development Officer you can contact them direct.

Please include in your email the following information:

• your name and the name of the organisation that will be applying (if appropriate)
• project title
• a description of your project
• the grant strand you’re hoping to apply to
• how much funding you want to apply for
• location of the project

One of our Development Officers will contact you to discuss your idea and they will send you a link to the application form when they’re satisfied you’re ready to apply.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us at Questions about projects should be emailed to or to your Development Officer.

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Key links

Download the Festivals strand information

Festivals help notes

Festivals Funding: Letter 11 April 2017

Festivals Funding: Letter September 2016

Festival Funding: Three Year Development Plan Template

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