A major funding boost for CCÉ Gorey/Ballygarrett
CCÉ Gorey/Ballygarrett has received €12,762 in funding for instruments from the Music Capital Scheme 2017/2018.
Secretary of the CCÉ branch Grainne Farrell said they were absolutely delighted when they received the email from Music Network last week to say they had been successful with their application.
CCÉ Gorey/Ballygarrett was one of the 31 organisations picked from 122 applicants. The funding was awarded to the not-for-profit organisations .
'We applied for it three months ago,' said Grainne. 'There was a lot of work involved. We had to talk about the history of the group, our goals, impact on the community, plans, recordings and go through achievements.'
Grainne said they were trying not to get their hopes up as the grant is very hard to get. CCÉ Gorey/Ballygarrett will purchase new instruments with the funding.
'Once we get the new instruments, we will give them out to participants on a loan basis,' said Grainne. 'This way, parents have some time to save up if their child is very interested in sticking with the music.'
The Music Capital Scheme comprises of two distinct awards that provide funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups and to individual professional performing musicians.
A total of €224,000 in funding from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has been awarded to 31 performing groups and 17 individual musicians.
Music Network partnered with Local Authority Arts Offices to provide Music Capital Scheme information sessions that offered practical advice to applicants as well as addressing specific queries relating to the scheme's guidelines.