A RECORD 252 applications were received for Cork County Council’s 2019 Arts Funding Schemes across a wide range of community groups.
With a budget of €160,000, the Arts Grants Scheme is the Council’s main scheme for funding festivals and arts events while the Municipal District Arts Development Fund, totalling €150,000, supports new initiatives that enhance public access to the arts.
A significant number of applications were received from individual creative artists for bursary support, with five artists recommended for Creative Artists Bursary Awards and four more set to receive bursaries to attend the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and the Ballinglen Arts Foundation.
A total of 39 festivals across the county, including Kinsale, Skibbereen, Midleton, Mallow and Clonakilty submitted successful proposals for expanding activities.
Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey highlighted the role of the council in making arts accessible.
“Last year Cork County Council’s support of the Arts enabled more than 19,000 people county-wide to actively participate in the creative arts, including the elderly, young people and those with special needs.
“Arts funding has helped organisations and artists to reach an audience of at least 168,000, both local and visitors. The economic benefit of arts festivals funded by the council is estimated to be in excess of €4.3m. The social, cultural and community impact is invaluable.”
Fianna Fáil Councillor Frank O’Flynn was full of praise for the council and their funding for the arts, saying even in bad times the money was available.
Fine Gael Councillor John O’Sullivan said that the arts funding gives Cork county an opportunity to be unique and stand alone.