Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
57. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the funding that has been provided to arts and culture centres in counties Carlow and Kilkenny; the capital investment that will be available in the coming years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45365/19]
The table below shows the funding provided by my Department to arts and culture centres in counties Carlow and Kilkenny since 2016.
|Carlow Arts Centre Ltd||Carlow||20,000||2017|
|Eigse Carlow Arts Festival||Carlow||13,228||2017|
|Carlow Arts Centre (VISUAL)||Carlow||€10,000||2015|
|The Watergate Theatre||Kilkenny||81,858||2016|
|Rothe House Trust||Kilkenny||5,806||2017|
|The Butler Gallery||Kilkenny||€10,000||2015|
|Kilkenny County Council (re Butler Gallery)||Kilkenny||€2,000,000||2008|
I am also pleased to state that I have just announced a new €4.7m capital investment funding scheme for arts and culture centres across the country. Applications are now open for the Cultural Capital Scheme which will run from 2019-2022 and focus on enhancing the existing stock of arts and culture centres throughout the country. It will also prioritise carbon footprint reduction in line with the Government’s action on climate change. Projects that provide additional capacity for artists and artistic production particularly in arts centres will also be favoured. The Scheme builds on the success of the former Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018 which saw 134 organisations in 26 counties receive funding to refurbish and enhance their arts and culture facilities. The funding is part of my Department’s commitment to a €40m capital investment in local arts and culture infrastructure nationwide contained in Project Ireland 2040 “Investing in our Culture, Language & Heritage 2018-2027.
Applications are being invited under three separate Streams as set out below.
* Stream Awill offer grants up to €50,000 for small enhancement/expansion/ refurbishment projects which may involve construction works to arts and culture facilities and/or upgrading of equipment.
* Stream B will offer grants from €50,000 up to €300,000 for larger enhancement /expansion/ refurbishment projects involving construction works to arts and culture facilities.
* Stream Cwill be a separate scheme aimed at the upgrading of visual artists’ workspaces. Applications for this Stream will be invited separately.
Further information on the Streams A & B of the Cultural Capital Scheme 2019 – 2022 are available on my Department’s website at .