Applications are now open for the International Fair Fund (IFF) 2021 / 22. The fund, offered by Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI), is designed to support clients who are export-ready to access international markets by offering financial support to exhibit at international trade fairs – both physical and virtual.

Click here to read the Criteria for Selection along with the Terms and Conditions, and to submit an application form.

Closing date is the 19th of March 2021. Applicants will be notified of results no later than the 31st of March 2021.


IFF is designed to support client who want to exhibit at international shows in order to increase their export sales.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic trade fairs around the world have been cancelled or postponed. Many have developed on-line virtual options – providing exhibitors with the opportunity to continue to access these markets, albeit in a different format.

DCCI have expanded the IFF programme to include Virtual Trade Shows that:

  • are linked to, or are part of, a pre-existing physical trade show with a proven track record
  • have an established list of buyers that they market the show to
  • are based on a trusted platform that facilitates lead generation and sales

Applicants can also apply for any physical shows that may take place in the latter part of 2021 or Spring 2022.

Clients who pass a selection process by an independent panel of experts, can receive funding of up to 50% of the cost of exhibiting – within certain limits. Terms and conditions apply.

Please note, support for virtual shows can be applied for retrospectively – provided that the show took place during 2021. If you have any queries please contact Nicola Doran at

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