26 January 2007: Arts Council offers funds to 313 organisations for 2007

The Arts Council, the Irish Government agency for developing the arts, today announced its main round of grant decisions under its revenue funding programme for 2007. Revenue funding is the Council’s main grants programme for arts organisations and this year it has offered to date in excess of €55m, an increase of 8% on 2006 figures.

Olive Braiden, Chair of the Arts Council said, 'Including the €5.8m we announced in December, we are now delighted that we are able to offer over €55m in grants to date. This includes an increase of €1.3m to the Abbey Theatre, bringing their total funding for 2007 up to €8.5m. This round of revenue grant-aid amounts to almost 70% of our total funding received from Government. Total demand on the Council across all funding schemes for 2007 will be close to double the amount that is available. Further rounds of funding for bursaries, awards, small festivals and other programmes will come later in the year'.

Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council said: "We received over 400 applications from arts organisations throughout the country for 2007 - production companies; arts venues; festivals; resources and service organisations. Some 63 of these were from applicants who had never previously applied to the Arts Council and we were very pleased to be able to fund 13 of these organisations for the first time. A total of 313 organisations have been funded to date this year under this revenue programme. We regret that within the resources we had available we could not support every good project, but we have to make our allocations within our overall budget'.

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Issued by: Joe Stuart, Press and Communications Officer,
The Arts Council,
01-618 0235

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