Written answers

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Departmental Funding

Photo of Pat DeeringPat Deering (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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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]

Photo of Josepha MadiganJosepha Madigan (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)
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The table below shows the funding provided by my Department to arts and culture centres in counties Carlow and Kilkenny since 2016.

Organisation County Grant allocated Year
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
Blackstack Studios Kilkenny €3,277 2015
The Butler Gallery Kilkenny €10,000 2015
Watergate Theatre Kilkenny €6,354 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 .


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