Events Funding

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For more information on funding support for local events please contact Tourism NI's Event Unit:
Tel: 028 9044 1599
Events Unit

The Events Industry in  Northern Ireland has a major role to play in shaping and delivering the objectives set out by the Draft Tourism Strategy for Northern Ireland to 2020

Whether it is home-grown events, or major one-off internationals, events in general have the capacity to showcase our people and places on a global stage. Events can drive visitor numbers, generate increased spend and also provide platforms for the visitor to interact with the local culture, local people and explore our scenic landscapes and cities.

The Events Unit's vision is to support the development of the Northern Ireland Events Industry, in order to grow visitor numbers and spend in line with the Draft Tourism Strategy for Northern Ireland to 2020.

Events Strategic Vision for Northern Ireland

This strategy aims to provide a clear vision and to support the events industry and strengthen the position of Northern Ireland as a must see destination.

Tourism NI Tourism Event Funding Programme 2016/17 is now closed for applications.

Tourism Northern Ireland’s Tourism Event Funding Programme 2016/17 opened for applications on 12 October 2015 and closed on 16 November 2016 at 12.00noon.

Please click on the below links to access the Guidelines for Applicants for the relevant scheme.

To access your application to the Tourism Event Funding Programme click here.  

  • For Frequently Asked Questions about the Tourism Event Funding Programme 2016/17, click here!
  • For further information on Year of Food and Drink 2016 please click here!
  • To download the Year of Food and Drink Event Organisers Toolkit simply click here!

Food NI is passionate about promoting the best of Northern Ireland’s food and drink. They have a wealth of experience and current knowledge on showcasing the finest food and drink from Northern Ireland, and constantly work to promote the people who produce it, rear it, make, catch and cook it. If you are holding an event, and would like some information on how to include local food and drink, or perhaps you would like to source cookery theatre equipment or find local chefs in your area, give Food NI a call and they can give you some guidance. There are excellent producers, produce and stories out there, and adding this regional food aspect to your event will really increase the visitor experience. You can call Food NI on 028 90249449, or visit their website at

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