30/03/2015 Minister Humphreys announces details of funding scheme for Local and Regional Museums
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Heather Humphreys TD, today announced details of the 2015 Local and Regional Museums Scheme administered by her Department.
The Local and Regional Museums Scheme is designed to support small and medium sized museums across the country. This year, the scheme will allow for the funding of small capital projects on a matched funding basis (75:25). A total fund of €150,000 is being made available for suitably qualified museum development projects.
Projects funded under the Scheme should seek to enhance the cultural offering of museums; to encourage greater access to museums and to promote the use of museums as tourism resources in their locality or region.
In announcing details of the Scheme, the Minister commented:
“The Local and Regional Museums Scheme provides a valuable funding stream for small and medium sized museums throughout the country, allowing them to stage exhibitions, promote and market their museums and generally improve their product offering. These museums are central focus points within the community and it is vital that they are supported in their role as guardians and narrators of our cultural heritage. The funding provided under this Scheme over the past few years has allowed these museums to continue to enhance the presentation of their exhibitions and premises which in turn improves the cultural offering of the local communities they serve.”