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Cultural Policy and Institutions Unit

Cultural Policy and Institutions Unit – Functions and Services

  • Provision of funding and appropriate policy framework for Ireland’s National Cultural Institutions in particular, the National Concert Hall, National Gallery, National Museum, Chester Beatty Library, IMMA and the Crawford Gallery
  • Development of a National Cultural Policy “Culture 2025”
  • Funding for specialist regional and local museums.
  • Responsibility for the development of projects which enhance Ireland’s cultural patrimony.
  • Responsibility for national Genealogy Policy.
  • Contributing towards the promotion of cultural tourism countrywide, in co-operation with national and local authorities and other partners.
  • Developing and improving the quality and effectiveness of the mechanisms to assist in the regional growth and development of the cultural sector.
  • Responsibility for funding for cultural projects with a regional element:
    • Regional Museums Project,
    • Mobility of Collections Scheme,
    • North South Co-operation Scheme.
    • Festivals and Summer Schools
  • Responsibility for the development of projects which enhance Ireland’s cultural patrimony:
  • Culture Night,
  • Regional Culture Night, and
  • International Week of Irish Culture.
  • Driving the Government Reform Programme across the Cultural Institutions.
  • Provision of annual subvention to cultural organisations, including the James Joyce Centre, National Print Museum, Hunt Museum, Archbishop Marsh’s Library, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Science Gallery and Cork Butter Museum  and related duties.
  • Management of the Government Indemnity Scheme.
  • Develop and improve the quality and effectiveness of the mechanisms to assist in the regional growth and development of the cultural sector.

Cultural Policy and Institutions Unit – Accessing our Services

  • The division provides funding to particular cultural bodies and projects and each is assessed on its own merit and with consideration of the potential social and cultural benefits that would accrue.
  • The unit has limited direct interaction with the public but does provide funding to particular bodies, organisations and projects with a cultural remit. The unit also has responsibility for the licensing of some cultural goods for export.  Licences to export cultural objects from Ireland to destinations within the EU are issued by the relevant National Cultural Institution and/or the Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs depending on the nature of the cultural object involved.
  • Application forms for licences to export from Ireland to destinations within the EU are available from the relevant National Cultural Institution or directly from the Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
  • In accordance with instructions published on the Department’s website at http://www.ahg.gov.ie/en/Culture/Schemes/CulturalGoodsProtection/ . The Department is the competent authority for the issuing of export licences outside the European Union. Again details can be found on the Department’s website.
  • The unit is also responsible for the chairing and secretariat of a committee to approve tax relief for heritage donations under Section 1003 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997. Guidelines, application form and a list of all previous donations are published on the Departments website at

http://www.ahg.gov.ie/en/Culture/Schemes/TaxReliefforHeritageDonations

Cultural Policy and Institutions Unit – Classes of Records Held

  • Records relating to policy, legislative, financial and operational matters concerning the division’s functions as detailed above, and also to the payment of funding to various cultural bodies.

Cultural Policy and Institutions Unit – Grant or Funding Schemes

Finder’s Fees Scheme

Purpose of the scheme:

The National Museum is empowered to permit the retention of archaeological finds of local interest in appropriate local or regional museums.  In the event of such finds occurring, it is customary to provide a finder’s fee at the State’s discretion.  The amount varies depending on certain details such as the item in question, the value of the object, etc.

A finder of an archaeological object that the National Museum deems to be of local interest and permits to be put on display in an appropriate local or regional museum is eligible to apply under this scheme. The local or regional museum may issue the payment to the finder.  And will in turn recoup from the Department.  Alternatively, the Department may make the payment directly to the ‘finder’.

How to apply for funding under the scheme:

The applicant (local or regional museum or the finder of the actual item in question) must furnish the following documentation and information to the Department before an application can be assessed:

  1. A copy of the National Museum of Ireland Report of Discovery Form;
  2. A copy of the conditions of loan if appropriate;
  3. Written confirmation from National Museum of Ireland of the value of the object in question;
  4. Details of the finder; and
  5. A formal request to D/AHG to pay this amount.

Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant must have found an archaeological object of some significance.  The above conditions must be adhered to and these are required before any assessment can be made in the Department.

The criteria governing variations in grant levels would depend on the written confirmation from National Museum of Ireland of the value of the object in question.  The Department is not obliged to pay the full amount and can decide on a nominal value depending on availability of funding etc.  In some cases, the Department can pay the finder half of the value, with the local or regional museum paying the other half.  There are no specific criteria concerning the finder’s fee.

This is a payment at the State’s discretion and there is no formal appeals procedure.

Scheme to assist Local & Regional Museums

Purpose of the scheme:

The Department established this programme to facilitate funding of county museums designated by the National Museum of Ireland and museums participating in the Heritage Council’s Standards and Accreditation Scheme; to promote and enhance the marketing of these institutions; and to further programmes established to attract the aged, young and socially disadvantaged to visit these institutions.  Cultural events held in museums to attract a local and tourist audience and/or to promote museums as focal centres of the local community, have also been supported through this scheme.

Within these overarching topics, proposals could be made which would:

  • Increase museum audiences through enhanced marketing of museums;
  • Promote the use of museums as tourism resources in their locality or region;
  • Extend opening-hours of institutions;
  • Increase visitor numbers;
  • Promote cooperation between the museums and other tourism attractions, (such as shared pricing, heritage trails, links between the collection and local places, etc.).

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Museums designated by the National Museum of Ireland; and
  • Museums and galleries within the Museums Standards Programme operated by the Heritage Council of Ireland – only applications from collections based institutions are considered for funding under this Scheme.

Application for funding under the scheme was by invitation only.  Application forms and terms and conditions were forwarded to the relevant institutions.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Museums designated by the National Museum of Ireland;
  • Museums/galleries within the Museums Standards Programme operated by the Heritage Council of Ireland;
  • Only applications from collections based institutions will be considered for funding under the Programme;
  • Projects must be completed and fully paid for by November 2016;
  • Capital projects were not supported by this scheme.

Previous scoring criteria were as follows:

The extent to which the project would support cultural tourism and/or encourage the use of local and regional Museums by a larger segment of society;

  • Whether the project is realistic in terms of scale, costs and assistance sought;
  • The level of the applicant’s contribution towards the project;
  • Accessibility in terms of physical accessibility, entry charges, opening hours;

There was no formal appeals procedure in relation to the decisions made under this scheme.

Mobility of Collections Scheme

Purpose of the scheme:

The Scheme is designed to fund the transport, cost of insurance and exhibiting costs for pieces from the National Collections to appropriate institutions around the country. It is not possible for the National Cultural institutions to display their full collection at any one time and this scheme assists in keeping items form the National Collections on display to the public on a greater and wider basis.  In addition, this scheme facilitates the display of pieces from the National Collections with specific local and regional interest direct to those communities.  It also facilitates the spread of cultural artefacts and relating exhibitions outside urban centres to more rural areas.

Who is eligible to apply?

Types of projects which were considered under the scheme are as follows:

  • Funding the costs associated with the transport of pieces from the National Collections to/from a regional/local Institution; or/and
  • Funding the cost of insuring pieces from the National Collection whilst being transported to/from a regional/local institution; or/and
  • Funding the costs of exhibition pieces from the National Collections in your Institution.

This scheme does not provide for the capital upgrade of facilities to meet the exhibition requirements of the loaning institution.

Applicants should:

  • Have approval of the lending authority
  • clearly set out the objective, purpose and targeted end result of the proposed loaned piece;
  • delineate all relating costs;
  • warrant that all representations made in pursuit of the application for funding are accurate and true;
  • have all the requisite regulatory approvals in place; and

Co-operation with Northern Ireland Scheme

Purpose of the scheme:

Funding provided under the Scheme should meet a specific cultural need and should support the Department in the delivery of its objective to nurture and develop Irish artistic and creative talent and enhance arts access, the national cultural institutions, regional arts infrastructure and cultural tourism countrywide, in cooperation with national and local authorities and other partners.

Projects funded under the Scheme must have a clearly demonstrable North/South element and should seek to make a contribution to enhancing, celebrating or commemorating the artistic, cultural, musical, film or heritage of the whole Island of Ireland.

Projects should be creative and innovative and examples of projects which could be considered for funding under the scheme include, but are not limited to, projects which:

  • Promote co-operation and joint initiatives between organisations and institutions on a North/South basis;
  • Promote cultural tourism on a North/South basis;
  • Promote the provision of cultural outreach programmes on a North/South basis.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applications are invited from bodies, organisations and institutions that operate as not for profit.

Applications involving partnerships or collaborations will be considered for funding under the Scheme.

Whilst applicants may submit details of more than one project for consideration, it is envisaged that an applicant will at most receive an allocation of funding in respect of just one project.

Capital projects cannot be considered for funding under the Scheme.

Applicants should:

  • clearly set out the objective, purpose and targeted end result of the proposed project;
  • demonstrate the extent to which the project meets the objectives of the Scheme with particular reference to the North/South element;
  • delineate all of the project costs;
  • confirm that the project is realistic in terms of scale, capacity to deliver, costs, assistance sought and timeframe for delivery;
  • clearly detail the level of own resources being made available for the project where applicable (see assessment criteria below);
  • warrant that all representations made in pursuit of the application for funding are accurate and true;
  • have all the requisite regulatory approvals in place; and
  • be tax compliant.

Tax relief for heritage donations under Section 1003 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997

Under Section 1003 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, tax relief is available in respect of the donation of important national heritage items to the Irish national collections. The relief consists of a tax credit equal to the value of the heritage item(s) donated which can be credited against particular tax liabilities incurred by the donor. For the purposes of the relief, heritage item(s) means any kind of cultural item including –

  • any archaeological item, archive, book, estate record, manuscript and painting, and
  • any collection of cultural items and
  • any collection of same in their setting which are considered appropriate for donation to the national collections.

The national collections are described as Approved Bodies under the legislation. They are: National Archives of Ireland www.nationalarchives.ie; National Gallery of Ireland www.nationalgallery.ie; National Library of Ireland www.nli.ie; National Museum of Ireland www.museum.ie; Irish Museum of Modern Art www.imma.ie & The Crawford Art Gallery Cork www.crawfordartgallery.ie

The Minister for Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, has the authority to approve further bodies for the purpose of the relief. Such additional bodies must be funded wholly or mainly by the State or a public or local authority.

Cultural Policy and Institutions Unit – Major Policy Proposals and Public Consultations

Discussions in relation to Culture 2025 may be accessed at http://www.ahg.gov.ie/arts/culture/culture-2025-2/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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