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25 May 2022

Positive news for Longford as key arts organisation receives funding boost

Positive news for Longford as key arts organisation receives funding boost

Positive news for Longford as key arts organisation receives funding boost

A Longford organisation has been awarded a share of funding announced this week by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin.

Minister Martin announced capital grants of almost €538,284 for twenty-five arts and culture organisations to upgrade and develop their facilities.

One of the biggest awards in this round of funding went to Longford's Backstage Theatre receiving €45,145.   

Projects in midlands and region that received funding

Backstage Theatre, Longford................................................... €45,145
Moore Community Council, Roscommon.................................... €6,391
Roscommon County Council re Roscommon Arts Centre.............. €12,028
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Áras an Mhuilinn, Westmeath.......... €12,377
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Dún na Sí, Moate, Westmeath......... €33,210
Birr Stage Guild CLG, Offaly....................................................  €10,788
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Laois.................................................. €24,887

This funding is provided under Stream A of the Cultural Capital Scheme 2019-2022, which offers grants of up to €50,000. It is part of an overall €4.7m capital investment scheme in artistic and cultural institutions around the country.  

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Minister Catherine Martin said: "I am delighted to be in a position to award this funding to these organisations for the necessary upgrading of their facilities. This capital scheme prioritises projects that reduce an organisation's carbon footprint. This is in line with the Government's action on climate change, and it is encouraging to know that the funding for some of these projects will make a real and positive impact on the environment.

"Projects that provide additional capacity for artists and artistic production, particularly in arts centres, were also favoured. This investment at a range of different facilities, including arts centres, theatres, galleries, museums, as well as artists’ studios and creative spaces, aims to improve the audience and creative experience. 

"This overall funding package will ensure past investment in these arts and cultural centres is protected and sustained. Today’s funding announcement is in addition to my earlier allocations of funding under this Scheme in December 2020, and August 2021, together with funding to visual artist workspaces and Stream D funding which is specifically for capital adaptations or equipment necessary to assist arts organisations in re-opening safely after COVID-19.

"While some of the allocations are modest, they will make a huge difference to some smaller organisations. Today’s announcement will bring the total awarded under this Scheme to date to almost €3.4m. I wish these arts and culture facilities continued success in the future.”

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