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From this morning, theatres, arts centres and venues can apply for capital funding under the new Stream D of the Cultural Capital Scheme 2019-2022. It’s a welcome announcement from Minister Catherine Martin and a much needed range of capital funding measures to assist in the re-opening of theatres, arts centres and culture venues. Find the Scheme’s overview, guidelines, and email application form on the Department’s website.

Capital grant holders
Organisations that hold existing capital grants may immediately request by email to the re-purposing of all or part of the grant towards necessary works and equipment to allow reopening. Organisations can apply to re-purpose up to €10,000 of their grant which can be used to fund eligible costs at a 90% funding rate or up to €5,000 which will not require match funding. Repurposed funding required for the original purpose of the grant will be restored when required at a later date.

New Capital Grant applicants
Organisations that do not hold a capital grant will be able to apply for funding from today, Tuesday 14 July 2020, under Stream D Cultural Capital Scheme. The key conditions are as follows:

  • Organisations can apply for a grant of €10,000 which can be used to fund eligible costs at a 90% funding rate.
  • Alternatively organisations can apply for a grant of €5,000 which will not require match funding.
  • In exceptional circumstances, the upper limit of €10,000 may be exceeded where a compelling case can be made for a higher grant and these will be dealt with on a case by case basis.
  • Applications will be assessed and decisions made as they are received by the Arts, Film and Investment Unit of the Department. The target turnaround time to repurpose grants will be 3 days and a target of 14 days for new grants.

Applications will only be accepted by email to

Guidelines Stream D – Cultural Capital Scheme 2019-2022
Application Form Stream D

Save this date – Tuesday 21 July, 11.30am, Open Forum
Join us to discuss any reopening, the new capital scheme and TWSS implementation issues as well as upcoming Arts Council schemes with an expert panel. We’ll mail you the agenda and registration details later in the week.

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