08/05/2014: Minister Deenihan announces funding under 2014 Scheme to assist Local and Regional Museums
Thursday 8 May 2014 : The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr. Jimmy Deenihan TD, today announced details of the successful applicants in the 2014 Local and Regional Museums Scheme administered by his Department.
Over the past seven years the Department has operated a Scheme of funding support for small and medium sized museums across all of the regions. Last year’s expansion of eligibility criteria for the Scheme has been maintained this year with a view to making the Scheme accessible to a far broader range of institutions located throughout the country.
Applications for funding under the 2014 Scheme were invited from local and regional museums and/or organisations and institutions that operate as not for profit institutions whose primary role is to collect, safeguard, hold in trust, research, develop and interpret collections of original objects and original objects on loan, for the public benefit. Projects funded under the Scheme should seek to make a contribution to the development and promotion of Ireland’s cultural tourism offering, to the benefit of both the domestic and foreign tourist, thereby representing an important component of the delivery of the cultural tourism commitments in the Programme for Government.
26 projects have been awarded funding on a matched funding basis on foot of an assessment process carried out by the Department in conjunction with the Heritage Council of Ireland.The successful projects represent a wide geographical spread and are diverse and innovative ranging from conservation and exhibition projects to website redevelopment and digitisation projects to interactive installation projects. Minister Deenihan commented:
“Our local and regional museums are central focus points within the community. It is important that they are supported in their role as guardians and narrators of our cultural heritage. The funding provided under this Scheme will enable these musuems to continue to improve and enhance the presentation of their exhibitions and premises which in turn improves the cultural offering of the local communities they serve”.
A full list of successful applicants and the amount of funding allocated is attached below for information – please note that whilst the offers of funding have been made, they have yet to be formally accepted by the applicants in question.
Organisation – Summary of Project – County – Grant Offered
Drogheda Museum, Milmount – Improved display facilities – Co Louth – €4,650
Monaghan County Museum – 40th Anniversary Event – Co Monaghan – €3,700
Thomas MacDonagh, Heritage Council – Improved display of artefeacts, exhibition panels etc – Co Tipperary – €5,000
Donegal County Museum – Digistatisation of workhouse records and scale model of original workhouse – Co Donegal – €6,500
Limerick Museum – Interactive installation on Lace – Co Limerick – €4,000
Carlow County Museum – Film on archaeology of the Carlow By-Pass – Co Carlow – €1,583
South Tipperary County Museum – Civic Regalia conservation and exhibition project – Co Tipperary – €9,000
Seanchai Museum – Improved display facilities – Co Kerry – €7,450
The Model, Sligo Catalogue of the collection Co Sligo €7,000
Kerry County Museum – Website redevelopment – Co Kerry -€5,250
Donaghmore Workhouse Musem – Redvelop website – Co Laois – €1,265
Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne – Improved storage facilities – Co Kerry – €2,250
Waterford Museum of Treasures – Improved signage – Waterford City – €8,747
Highlanes Gallery – Enhanced Security project – Co Louth – €2,636
Cavan County Council – WWI Exhibition – Co Cavan – €9,000
Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum – Revamp of B314 replica – Co Limerick – €6,375
Little Museum of Dublin – Permanent Exhibition on the Irish Times – Dublin City -€2,000
The Hunt Museum – Enhance Display, labelling etc – Limerick City – €7,000
Athy Heritage Centre Museum Upgrade AV room Co Kildare €7,725
Cork Butter Museum Online Resources Page Cork City €2,700
Dundalk County Museum – Exhibition ‘Birth of a Nation’ – Co Louth – €5,000
Abbeyleix Heritage Museum – Children Activity events – Co Laois – €1,312
Lewis Glucksman – Podcasts and audio tour – Cork City – €10,000
National Maritime Museum of Ireland – Security/preservation , ditigal imaging – Co Dublin – €3,504
National Print Museum -Portable Print workshop – Dublin City – €2,226
Knock Museum – Upgrade Exhibition – Co Mayo – €4,000