Minister Humphreys Announces Details of Funding Scheme for Local and Regional Museums

AHGLogoThe Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Heather Humphreys TD,  announced details of the 2015 Local and Regional Museums Scheme administered by the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Local and Regional Museums Scheme is designed to support small and medium sized museums across the country. This year, the scheme will allow for the funding of small capital projects on a matched funding basis of 75:25. A total fund of €150,000 is being made available for suitably qualified museum development projects.

Projects funded under the scheme should seek to enhance the cultural offering of museums; to encourage greater access to museums and to promote the use of museums as tourism resources in their locality or region.

In announcing details of the Scheme, the Minister commented:

“The Local and Regional Museums Scheme provides a valuable funding stream for small and medium sized museums throughout the country, allowing them to stage exhibitions, promote and market their museums and generally improve their product offering. These museums are central focus points within the community and it is vital that they are supported in their role as guardians and narrators of our cultural heritage. The funding provided under this Scheme over the past few years has allowed these museums to continue to enhance the presentation of their exhibitions and premises which in turn improves the cultural offering of the local communities they serve.”

 Applications for funding under the 2015 Scheme are invited from local and regional museums and/or organisations and institutions that operate as not for profit institutions whose primary role is to collect, safeguard, hold in trust, research, develop and interpret collections of original objects and original objects on loan, for the public benefit.

Funding can only be awarded to projects which meet all of the relevant criteria. All projects proposed should be creative and innovative and meet one or more of the following objectives:

Enhance the cultural offering of the Museum;
Encourage greater access to the Museum;
Promote co-operation and joint initiatives between eligible museums / organisations / institutions;
Promote the use of Museums as tourism resources in their locality or region;
Increase visitor numbers at the Museum;

Examples of the types of projects which will be considered include, inter alia, display cases, exhibition panels, signage, conservation works and website development.

Deadline: 27 April 2015

Further information:
T: 087 6737338 / (01) 631 3807 / 3838
E: press.office@ahg.gov.ie
www.ahg.gov.ie  (full details to be inserted)

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