Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
1103. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will address the case of a person (details supplied) regarding financial support for higher education; and if there are additional subsidies available. [11270/20]
The Arts Council is the principal agency through which current funding is channeled to artists and arts organisations. The Arts Council provides funding for a number of bursaries including dance as well as travel and training awards to support professional artists to develop their art practice. Applicants are eligible to apply for such funding on reaching 18. Under Section 24 of the Arts Act 2003, the Arts Council is independent in the performance of its funding functions.
My colleague the Minister for Educational and Skills operates a number of scholarships and bursaries for students studying abroad and may be aware of supports from which assistance could be provided. The individual concerned may also wish to review the criteria for the various scholarship and bursary schemes supported by that Department, to determine if he/she might be eligible for support. Information on these schemes can be accessed at the following link: www.education.ie/en/Learners/Services/Scholarships/.