Three-year funding for smaller arts companies
In an attempt to streamline arts funding and cut down on time spent filling in forms, the Arts Council has made major changes to its funding rules.
One of the most notable changes allows smaller arts organisations to bid for three-year funding. Currently, only the country's largest arts organisations, such as the Abbey and Gate theatres, enjoy three-year Arts Council funding.
Smaller bodies have to compete annually for a share of the Arts Council's €35m funding budget.
The changes will come into play later this year.
"This is a pilot programme that we will review after one year and we are encouraging smaller organisations to apply for three-year funding," Arts Council spokesperson Sean MacCarthaigh said.
"We also want to make the funding process clearer."
Expanding the criteria for three-year funding is part of the Arts Council's new 'Making Great Art Work' funding framework.
The framework aims to make the Art Council's funding assessment and decision-making process more transparent.
Meanwhile, Arts Minister Heather Humphreys announced almost €200,000 in funding for Local Authorities across the country to help them stage events for Culture Night 2017. The total budget for Culture Night 2017 is €350,000, which represents an increase of 40pc on the 2016 budget.
This year, Culture Night will be held on Friday September 22, and Ms Humphreys has described the annual event as "magical".