Written answers

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

National Lottery Funding

Photo of Aindrias MoynihanAindrias Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail)
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74. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the extent of capital or current funding provided for sporting or cultural activities in County Cork in each of the past four years both from proceeds of the national lottery and other sources; the intended future expenditure from each source for 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37340/20]

Photo of Catherine MartinCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party)
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As the Deputy is aware my Department was established in June of this year bringing together functions previously under the remit of three Departments of State.  Details of the annual funding allocation to my Department at subhead level are published in the annual Revised Estimates Volume. Through these subheads, my Department administers and delivers a wide range of programmes and measures, descriptions of which are available on its website while details of expenditure by Departments are available in the annual Appropriation Accounts.

Funds raised by the National Lottery are transferred to the Exchequer and are used to part-finance expenditure by various Government Departments on projects in these categories. Details of National Lottery funding received by my Department under the Sports Capital Programme and for the promotion of Art and Cultural activities sponsored by my Department are published in the annual Appropriation Accounts for this Department.

Details of exchequer capital funding provided by my Department for the provision of Sports, Culture and Arts related purposes and activities in County Cork for the period 2016 to 2020 are set out below.  Details of allocations for 2021 will be published in the Revised Estimates Volume.

Sports Capital Programme

The Sports Capital Programme is part funded from the proceeds of the National Lottery however the details of all allocations and payments made each year under the programme are published annually.

Cultural Schemes

The Department operates a range of Schemes and details of expenditure as requested are summarised below.

Capital Funding to Cork

Arts & Culture Capital Scheme 2016 – 2018 (Allocated in 2017)

Organisation Grant €
Cork Butter Museum Limited 41,424
Cork County Council / Briery Gap 250,000
Sirius Arts Centre 5,054
West Cork Arts Centre 1,272
St. Peters Cork Leisure World 7,196
Triskel Arts Centre CLG 11,960
Banteer Old School Heritage and Drama Trust (T/A Glen Theatre) 12,262
Conna Community Council 2,200
Cyclone Reparatory 9,513
Wandesford Quay Ltd (WQL) 90,842
The Everyman Palace Ltd 155,463
Cork Opera House DAC 176,288
Firkin Crane Ltd, 150,000

Digitisation Scheme (Allocation in 2017)

Organisation Grant €
Crawford Art Gallery 18,000

Other Projects

Organisation Grant € Year Project
UCC 47,818 2019 RTÉ/UCC Atlas of the Irish Revolution digital tools
RTÉ Cork /UCC 67,000  2020 The Great Hunger Online Digital Resources

ACCESS II Scheme payments made between 2017-date

Organisation Grant/payment made Scheme Year payment made
Cork County Council (re West Cork Arts Centre) €500,000 ACCESS II 2017
Cork County Council (re West Cork Arts Centre) 86,591 ACCESS II 2018

Creative Ireland Programme

Under Pillar 2 of the Creative Ireland Programme – “Enabling Creativity in Every Community” – my Department and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government provide funding to each of the 31 local authorities to enable them to implement their individual Culture and Creativity Strategies and support an extensive programme of activities, events and initiatives in each county.  For example, for the period 2018 - 2020, this equated to an individual annual local authority allocation of €96,774.

In 2020, my Department also provided additional funding for local authorities through the Creative Ireland Programme for further initiatives and projects.  In Cork County, this included an allocation of €50,000 under the July Stimulus Package and €12,500 under the Positive Ageing and Creative Wellbeing scheme.  Cork City Council were also allocated €50,000 under the July Stimulus Package and €15,000 under the Positive Ageing and Creative Wellbeing scheme.

It should also be noted that my Department, through the Creative Ireland Programme, additionally provides an annual allocation to each local authority to support the delivery of Cruinniú na nÓg – the national day of free creative activities for children and young people under 18 years, at local level.

Through the Creative Ireland Programme, funding provided to Cork City Council and Cork County Council for the period 2017-2020 is set out in the table below.

Year Cork City Council Allocation Cork County Allocation
2017 €64,516 €64,516
2018 €145,755 €104,153
2019 €125,774 €120,551
2020 €204,760 €176,457
Total €540,805 €465,677

Funding to Cork 2016 to 2020

Year Scheme Organisation Funding Allocated
2016 Co-operation with Northern Ireland Funding Scheme Munster Literature Centre €1,500
2016 Regional Museum Exhibition Scheme The Glucksman € 6,375
2016 Regional Museum Exhibition Scheme Cork Butter Museum € 1,361
2016 Local Festivals & Summer Schools Funding Scheme Ballydehob Festival € 1,500
2016 Culture Night Cork County Council € 8,000
2016 Culture Night Cork City Council € 10,000
2017 Regional Museum Exhibition Scheme The Glucksman € 10,000
2017 Culture Night Cork County Council € 10,000
2017 Culture Night Cork City Council € 10,000
2018 Culture Night Cork County Council € 10,000
2018 Culture Night Cork City Council € 10,000
2018 Regional Museum Exhibition Scheme The Glucksman € 15,000
2018 Local Festivals & Summer Schools Funding Scheme Foróige € 1,000
2019 Regional Museum Exhibition Scheme The Glucksman € 10,000
2019 Regional Museum Exhibition Scheme Cork Butter Museum € 7,500
2019 Local Festivals & Summer Schools Funding Scheme Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann € 1,500
2019 Culture Night Cork County Council € 10,000
2019 Culture Night Cork City Council € 10,000
2020 Audience Engagement Fund Passage West Martitime Museum €  6,900
2020 Audience Engagement Fund Nano Nagle Place €  20,000
2020 Audience Engagement Fund Clonakility Enterprise Board CLG €  12,000
2020 Audience Engagement Fund Cork Public Museum €  15,000
2020 Audience Engagement Fund Coiste Forbartha €  10,000
2020 Regional Museum Exhibition Scheme Sirus Arts Centre € 7,000

Annual Funding under Regional Museums, Galleries, Cultural Centres and Projects 

Cork Butter Museum
2016 € 30,000
2017 € 35,000
2018 € 40,000
2019 € 40,000
2020 € 60,000

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