The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has announced a new €4.7m capital investment scheme for arts and culture centres. It 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.
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.
There are three separate Streams: Stream 3 is a scheme aimed at the upgrading of visual artists’ workspaces.
The funding is being made available as part of the Capital Investment Framework 2016-2021 under Project Ireland 2040
Capital Funding Applications of up to €15,000 are now being invited for funding under Stream 3, administered by Visual Artists Ireland.
Deadline: Tuesday, 28th January 2020 at 5:00pm
Due to the conditions concerning the receipt of public funding for projects, we strongly recommend that you fully review the entire process and note the extensive paperwork that is required so as to comply with the best practice in the use of public funds.
- Not-for-profit organisations who delivery studio/work space services for professional visual artists;
- Such organisations must deliver services for in excess of four visual artists.
- Commercial organisations, for-profit organisations, National Cultural Institutions;
- Third level colleges, ETBs, schools, local authorities, HSE run organisations;
- Successful applicants under Streams 1, 2, or 3 of the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016 - 2018.
- Successful applicants under the 2017 Scheme to Assist Local and Regional Museums.
- The scheme will offer grants of up to €15,000 to not-for-profit organisations with a defined visual arts remit.
- The maximum grant available will be 70% of the total eligible costs, subject to a maximum grant payment of €15,000.
- Applicants will be required to provide definitive documentary evidence of the availability of matching funding (30%).
- Successful applicants will receive an initial payment of 40% upon receipt of adjusted plans, a letter of acceptance, and any other paperwork that may be required as outlined in this document. 40% will be paid upon receipt of a signed interim Income and Expenditure Statement and letter of request for payment. All work must be complete before the final 20% will be paid upon receipt of a final overall Income and Expenditure Statement, with receipts for all outgoings associated with the grant.
- Only one application from any organisation will be considered.
- Energy efficiency projects;
- Lighting and sound equipment;
- Heating and plumbing upgrades;
- Mechanical and electrical works;
- Seating, staging and storage;
- Minor building works such as window replacement, upgrading facilities;
- Painting and decorating;
- Security systems;
- Non personal digital equipment;
- IT related projects.
What will not be fundedThe following expenditure is not eligible for funding:
- Running costs, minor repairs or other ongoing costs;
- Annual Maintenance contracts;
- Professional/ Legal/ Project management fees;
- Feasibility studies;
- Office equipment, shredders;
- Accounts system upgrade;
- Personal IT equipment and associated software packages eg laptops/ macbooks/ mobile phones/ ipads/ tablets/ blu ray players/ small cameras/ camcorders etc;
- Musical instruments;
- Kitchen equipment;
- Tools, eg drills etc;
- Projects or elements of project where works have already commenced or where contracts have been signed prior to grant award;
- Purchase of lands or buildings or new build;
- Private or commercial operations;