Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Questions (601, 609)

Joan Burton


601. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the applications which have been received to date in respect of the fund established in the 2016 budget, to upgrade regional and local arts centres; the amount that has been disbursed to date and to which centres; the proposed allocations for the remainder of 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13239/16]

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Joan Burton


609. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will create an arts capital fund modelled after the sports capital fund to ensure better long-term funding for Irish arts. [13596/16]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 601 and 609 together.

Last January, I announced a new €9 million investment scheme for arts and cultural centres to run over the next three years, focussed on upgrading the existing stock of arts and cultural centres around the country. The funding is being made available as part of the Capital Investment Framework 2016-2021.

The scheme will target investment at a range of different facilities and will be broken down into three streams as follows:

- The refurbishment and enhancement of existing purpose-built arts and cultural facilities, with maximum grants of €300,000. Eligible facilities would include arts centres, theatres, galleries, museums, artists’ studios and creative spaces (Stream 1).

- Significant improvements to a smaller number of key facilities. Ideally, projects seeking this stream of funding would have financial support from the relevant local authority. Grants of up to €2 million may be offered under this stream (Stream 2)

- Smaller grants of up to €20,000 for community or voluntary organisations operating in facilities, which have not been purpose- built (Stream 3).

It is my priority to target investment at existing facilities in order to enhance the current stock of arts centres around the country.

My Department is finalising the guidelines and application forms in relation to the scheme, which I intend to open for applications very shortly.

Question No. 602 answered with Question No. 600.
Question No. 603 answered with Question No. 589.