26/06/17

Minister Humphreys approves almost €135k in funding for local and regional museums

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Monday) announced a series of small grants for local and regional museums around the country. Total funding of €134,965 is being made available under the Local and Regional Museums Funding Scheme 2017.

Twenty-three projects are benefitting, with maximum funding of €15,000. Projects in receipt of funding include Tipperary County Museum, Cavan County Museum, Athy Heritage Centre and Knock Museum.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

“This funding scheme provides small but important cash injections for local and regional museums around the country. I am very pleased to be in a position to approve funding totalling more than €130,000 to 23 projects nationwide.

“Our local and regional museums are an extremely important source of culture and heritage in towns and villages nationwide. Through the Creative Ireland Programme we want to increase access to and participation in cultural activity in every county, and if we want to achieve this we need to ensure local cultural and heritage assets are well maintained.

“The Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development also aims to boost rural tourism by 12% over the next three years and all of the museums receiving funding today play an important role in attracting visitors to their respective regions.”

ENDS

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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