Thursday 14 November 2019

Why do the same people keep getting grants, councillor asks

A councillor has expressed her dissatisfaction with the way Arts Grants are allocated.

Cllr Maeve Yore questioned why the 'same people' keep getting grants.

'There is a wealth of talent in the county,' the Independent added.

Director of Services Paddy Donnelly explained the allocation of grants is not a reserved function of the local authority.

He said applications are publicly advertised and all are welcome to apply.

People seeking support have to demonstrate a capacity to manage funding and to account for and use funding in the manner they proposed.

'I'm satisfied they (the successful applicants) all make the grade,' Mr Donnelly continued.

'Unfortunately, there are always losers. We have worked with them (unsuccessful applicants) to improve their application process.'

Cllr Yore said she wanted to place on record that she does not agree with the way grants are allocated.

2nd Round 2019 Arts Act Grants:

Michael McKeown, sculpture/visual artist, funding to support a solo exhibition (40 works) and associated travel costs - €2,000.

Órlaith Cullinane, visual artist, support for art classes/workshops on life drawings - €500.

Dundalk Art Group, support for art group classes and exhibitions - €200.

Declan Kelly, visual artist, support for developmental software/hardware required for Púca Festival and other events - €1,000.

Sundays In Spring 2020 (Music Series), support for five concerts in Carlingford Heritage Centre - €2,300.

Féile na Tána, Traditional Irish Music Festival, support for annual festival in Cooley in February 2020 - €3,000.

Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend 2019, support for the annual weekend in November - €2,300.

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