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For Written Answer on : 30/11/2023
Question Number(s): 384 Question Reference(s): 52893/23
Department: Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.


To ask the Minister for Tourism; Culture; Arts; Gaeltacht; Sport and Media to outline the various funding schemes under the aegis of her Department and under Fáilte Ireland that are open for applications at present; the closing dates for any such schemes; the details of any further schemes she plans to open for applications in the next six months – David Stanton.


The details relating to the various funding schemes administered by my Department that are open for applications at present are outlined in the table below. There are currently no new schemes confirmed to open for applications in the next six months.

Regarding bodies and agencies under my Department’s remit, these are operational matters for the agencies themselves, including Fáilte Ireland.


Funding Scheme  Overview of Scheme  Scheme Closing Date  
Cultural Capital Scheme  This overall scheme will   provide funding for projects that reduce an arts and culture   organisation’s carbon footprint and will include funding for organisational   energy audits. It also includes funding towards upgrading of cultural infrastructure   including better access.    This is a rolling scheme with no   definite closing date.  
Regular Grant Scheme  Culture Ireland offers support to   Irish professional artists, arts organisations and international presenters   to present work by Irish artists at significant international venues and   festivals through the Regular Grant Scheme. Applications are accepted from   the artist/arts organisation or international presenting partner.  The current deadline for applications is 1st December 2023. The application system is open on a rolling basis and   applications can be made at any time to be assessed in the next upcoming   grant deadline. All application   deadlines for 2024 are published on the Culture Ireland website,  
See Here Scheme  The See Here scheme is designed to support the inward travel of international   promoters and programmers to see work in Ireland with a view to booking the   work for their venue or festival.  Applications are accepted on a   rolling basis, based on the published criteria for the scheme.    
Showcase Scheme  With regard to showcasing work at key industry arts markets or   trade fairs, where Culture Ireland is curating an event, applications are   invited as appropriate, and specific to each showcase, and a selection is   made taking into account the requirements and context of each event. A call   for participation in Culture Ireland showcase at Edinburgh 2024 will be   published early next year.  Applications are accepted on a   rolling basis, based on the published criteria for the scheme.
Ireland at Venice  This scheme is a call for   applicants to represent   Ireland at the 19th International Architecture Exhibition at Venice, La   Biennale di Venezia in 2025.    17th January 2024.    
Scéim na bhFoghlaimeoirí Gaeilge (Irish Learners Scheme)  This scheme offers a daily subsidy of €12 per day to eligible Gaeltacht families   who provide certified accommodation for those who attend one of the c.42   recognised Gaeltacht Irish language colleges.
A once-off start up grant (€6,000 or 80% of overall costs, whichever is   greater) is available for new households seeking recognition under the   scheme.  
This scheme remains open to new applicants all   year.   
DEIS Gaeltachta scholarship scheme  The Department currently funds the DEIS Gaeltachta   initiative which is administered on behalf of the Department by the Galway   and Roscommon Education Board (GRETB). The scheme currently provides circa.   400 scholarships annually to students of the 235 DEIS post-primary schools   across Ireland who wish to attend Gaeltacht Summer colleges.    The 2024 scheme was launched in November 2023 and will remain open until all scholarships have   been allocated.   
ÁRAINN Gaeltachta  The ÁRAINN Gaeltachta initiative provides funding of over   €150,000 a year to support up to 30 post-primary students per year who wish   spend a full year attending any one of the three post-primary schools on the   Aran islands and who reside in a recognised Gaeltacht household for the   duration of the school-year on the island.    There is no restriction   in terms of when interested parties may apply. This scheme is closed for the   2023/2024 school year at this point but will be open again for 2024/2025 next   year. 
Secondary schools   administer the ÁRAINN Gaeltachta scheme. Expressions of interest are accepted   throughout the year and a waiting list system is implemented should the   scheme be filled to capacity.    
Erasmus Gaeltachta scheme  Under this initiative, which commenced in 2019, an   annual fund worth €250,000 has been created to give up to 175 third-level   students the opportunity to spend a university semester with Gaeltacht   families while attending qualified third level course.    There is no specific closing date. However, the timing of attendance by students is linked to the   academic calendar.
Scéimeanna Tacaíochta Gaeilge lasmuigh den Ghaeltacht
Community based organisations that   operate through Irish outside the Gaeltacht may make an application for   capital assistance under the Department’s Irish Language Schemes.
Funding can be provided to assist   with the costs associated with, for example, building/repairing Irish   language centres and the purchase of buildings for use as Irish language   centres and/or the purchase of equipment for such centres.
The purpose of the capital   assistance that is provided under this fund is the strengthening of Irish as   a community and family language in accordance with the objectives of the   Gaeltacht Act 2012 and the 20 Year Strategy for Irish 2010-2030.    
This scheme remains open to new applicants all year.