This new government scheme announced yesterday (February 11) by Tourism, Culture and Arts Minister Catherine Martin TD, will see local authorities improve public spaces for arts, culture and festival activities year round. The new scheme will take account of public health guidelines and of the needs of local arts and entertainment communities.
The capital grant will be subject to a funding rate of up to 90 per cent and will be awarded to projects which focus on infrastructure which will support creative activities, entertainment events and festivals, as well as the night-time economy.
The scheme will apply during the pandemic and projects developed as part of the scheme should ideally respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The projects should also be “future-proofed” from a health and safety point of view.
The details of the scheme were developed in consultation with the County and City Management Association and with input from Fáilte Ireland.
Ms Martin said the scheme is part of the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce’s recommendations, adding”Crucially, the fund and scheme will help create new spaces up and down the country, in villages, towns and cities, to be transformed into wonderful resources for festivals, entertainment and cultural events.”
She acknowledged the arts and entertainment sectors have seen a lot of innovation during the pandemic and said, “I look forward to the creative and imaginative solutions that I know will be generated by local authorities in response to this scheme.”