Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1218)

Tony McLoughlin

Question:

1218. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the funding that has been provided to arts and culture centres in counties Sligo and Leitrim; the capital investment that will be available in the coming years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45578/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

The table below shows the funding provided by my Department to arts and culture centres in counties Sligo and Leitrim in the past 4 years.

Organisation

County

Grant allocated

Project details

Status of grant

Year

Organisation

County

Grant allocated

Project details

Status of grant

Year

The Model Arts & Niland Gallery

Sligo

10,000

Exhibition Aisteach - the Avant-Garde Archive of Ireland

Fully drawn down

2018

Hawk's Well Theatre

Sligo

550,000

To refurbish and enhance the existing facility.

Not yet drawn down

2017

Teach Morrision Outreach Centre CCE

Sligo

7,550

Sound system/ Projector / Screen / Staging & storage

Not yet drawn down

2017

The Model Arts & Niland Gallery

Sligo

20,000

Projector, equipment and repairs to the floors and roof

Not yet drawn down

2017

Hawk's Well Theatre

Sligo

8,728

Lights / External steps

Fully drawn down

2016

The Model Arts & Niland Gallery

Sligo

10,000

Computers / phone upgrades / heating upgrades

Fully drawn down

2016

The Model Arts & Niland Gallery

Sligo

5,000

Redevelopment of website

Fully drawn down

2016

The Dock / Leitrim County Council

Leitrim

128,337

Health & safety and development project of The Dock

Partially drawn down

2017

North Leitrim Glens Development Company Ltd

Leitrim

50,000

Repairs and refurbishment project at the Glens

Not yet drawn down

2017

Anaglyph Ltd (Leitrim Sculpture Centre)

Leitrim

20,000

Upgrading the centre

Not yet drawn down

2017

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 A will 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 C will 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 https://www.chg.gov.ie/arts/creative-arts/grants-and-funding/