Updated: 05/08/17 : 06:45:41
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€47,500 arts funding for Sligo and Leitrim

Fine Gael TD for Sligo – Leitrim Tony McLoughlin has welcomed the allocation of almost €50,000 in Arts and Culture funding for three projects in Sligo and Leitrim today.

Sligo has been allocated €27,500 from the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018 and Leitrim was awarded €20,000.

The Local organisations and projects set to benefit include:

Anaglyph Ltd (Leitrim Sculpture Centre),
The Michael Coleman Heritage Centre,
The Teach Morrision Outreach Centre.

“This funding is part of €750,000 allocated to more than 60 local arts organisations around the country by my Fine Gael colleague the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys.

“The funding is being made available under Stream 3 of the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme. Earlier this year, Minister Humphreys announced funding of over €9 million under Stream 1 and 2 of the Scheme.

“While the first two rounds of funding were aimed at larger organisations, these grants are for smaller community based groups, many of whom are doing great work here in Sligo and Leitrim in the arts and culture sphere.

“While the maximum grant allowed under this scheme is €20,000, the grants will still make a significant difference to those smaller organisations looking to develop, for example, IT projects, new lighting and sound systems in theatres and arts centres, seating, staging and storage and the improvement of digital facilities.

“The funding announced under the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme will be a real boost to tourism here in Sligo and Leitrim helping to develop our offering to visitors, but it will also be of real benefit to local communities here.

Fine Gael is building a republic of opportunity where everyone can have a fair chance to reach their full potential.

“Almost 80% of the funding being allocated for local groups under the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme is for projects outside of Dublin. This is in line with the Action Plan for Rural Development which is the first ever whole-of-government strategy aimed at delivering real change for people living and working in rural Ireland.”