Written answers

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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142. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if Covid-19 grant assistance is available for a group (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30839/20]

Photo of Catherine MartinCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party)
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In July I announced the opening of Stream D of the Cultural Capital Scheme 2019-2022 in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Under this Scheme, capital funding is provided to assist in the re-opening of theatres, arts centres and culture venuesas part ofProject Ireland 2040 - Investing in our Culture, Language & Heritage. The measures are designed to support arts and culture facilities in preparation for staff, artists and audiences returning to venues to reopen in line with the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business and Return to Work Safety Protocols. There is a high degree of flexibility which will allow organisations to undertake necessary capital adaptations to their buildings so that they comply with the HSE COVID-19 related public health protection measures.

Not-for-profit organisations with a clearly defined arts and cultural remit can apply for Stream D. Eligible facilities include galleries, professionally-managed arts centres, museums, heritage centres, studios, archives, performance and creative spaces. The following are the features of the scheme:-

- Organisations can apply for a grant of €10,000 which can be used to fund eligible costs at a 90% funding rate;

- Alternatively organisations can apply for a grant of €5,000 which will not require match funding;

- All grants will be paid out on the basis of paid invoices;

- In exceptional circumstances, the upper limit of €10,000 may be exceeded where a compelling case can be made for a higher grant and these will be dealt with on a case by case basis;

- The scheme will apply for the period of the coronavirus crisis, commencing 12 March 2020 and applications can be made by organisations at any point throughout the crisis i.e. there will be no closing date;

- Applications will be assessed and decisions made as they are received by the Arts, Film and Investment Unit of the Department. The target turnaround time to repurpose grants will be 3 days and a target of 14 days for new grants;

- Applications will not be accepted from commercial organisations, local authorities, schools, colleges or ETBs;

If the organisation to which the Deputy refers meets the criteria above, it can apply on my Department's website at the following link: . Applications should be emailed to .

The organisation may be eligible for grants from the Department of Rural and Community Development or indeed its relevant local authority.

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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143. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason restaurants that do not sell alcohol have been excluded from the Covid-19 adaption fund; her plans to open the fund up to these restaurants; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30846/20]

Photo of Catherine MartinCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party)
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The administration of the COVID-19 Adaptation Fund is an operational matter for the Board and management of Fáilte Ireland. Accordingly, I have referred the Deputy's question to them for further information and direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

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