By showcasing Ireland's rich cultural heritage, we can reap long-term and positive benefits for Ireland's reputation locally. We can also work to connect people with their Irish heritage.
Embassy cultural initiatives
The Embassy can provide funding for projects and events that take place in our countries of accreditation (Slovenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina). We cannot support "for profit projects".
Applications for funding of projects should be submitted to the Embassy in writing. The application letter should state details of the organiser, a detailed description of the planned event, including how it intends to promote Ireland, information about funding requirements, estimated audience numbers and any other relevant information. The application can also be made on this "Application for Funding" form.
Project proposals are assessed individually with the principal criteria being the extent to which the project promotes Ireland and the perceived capacity of the organisers to carry out the projects successfully. The Embassy's budget for promotional activity is limited and not all applicants will be successful. Applications for funding should be made well in advance of the project, and not later than six weeks before the start of the project.
Organisers whose projects are awarded funding will be contacted directly with details of the funding and instructions on how to draw it down. Funding will be provided on a reimbursement basis. In exceptional circumstances the Embassy may at its discretion advance part of the funds awarded before expenditure or the event has taken place.
The Embassy will require that organisers of projects provide a written undertaking to:
- Acknowledge, in all publicity material, printed and electronic, the support received from the Embassy.
- Include Embassy/Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade logos in publicity.
- Refer to the correct name of the state (Ireland) in all publicity material, printed and electronic (The Embassy can provide further guidance if that is needed).
- Acknowledge the support received in your and/or organisation's social media channels with specific mention of Embassy of Ireland media channels.
- Specify in relevant end of year financial statements that this is a grant from the "Embassy of Ireland, Ljubljana" together with the monetary amount and the specific purpose of the assistance.
- Specify that the project is a "not-for-profit" venture.
- Permit the free use by the Embassy of Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of photographic and video materials generated by your organisation for general publicity and reporting purposes, including in social media.
The Embassy reserves the right to decline to reimburse costs if any term of this undertaking is breached.
Every application for funding will be assessed on its merits. The below list of allowable expenditure is for guidance and is not exhaustive. The Embassy will not reimburse expenses that it regards as excessive. It will also not reimburse expenditure which cannot be properly accounted for. In general, transactions between the project organiser and its suppliers should be "at arm's length".
- Venue hire (organiser and venue owner must not have a personal or business relationship; The Embassy would expect that where the venue is hired for a large event/project which does not solely promote Ireland, this cost will be apportioned to the Irish segment of the event.)
- Flight costs for artists/performers/speakers (flights must be economy class, irrespective of flight time/distance)
- Accommodation costs for artists/performers/speakers (accommodation must be moderate; the Embassy can make suggestions about suitable accommodation. The Embassy reserves the right to reduce the amount paid in support of accommodation charges).
- Hire of audio-visual and/or other technical equipment (The Embassy would expect that where such equipment is hired for a large event/project which does not solely promote Ireland, this costs will be apportioned to the Irish segment of the event.)
- Fees for performance rights
- Event publicity
- Per-diem payments to artists/performers/speakers (Such payments should be set at a reasonable level. In normal circumstance this should not exceed the Irish civil service rate prevailing. The Embassy can give guidance on this.)
Learn more about out engagement with Irish communities abroad:
- the Emigrant Support Programme
- the Global Irish Network
- the Presidential Distinguished Service Awards
We are committed to strengthening our relationship with the Irish people and people of Irish descent worldwide and to promoting what is best about our country.
In working together, we will ensure the continued respect and admiration in which Irish people and our culture are held worldwide.