Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities when applications can be made for support under the £29 million package allocated for cultural recovery. [Priority Written]
Minister for Communities: The £29m allocation from the Executive is in addition to the £5.5m Creative Support Fund previously established by the Department of which, to date, £1.9 million has been paid to small to medium organisations in addition to just over £0.5 million to individuals.
My officials are engaging with partners across central and local government, as well as arm’s length bodies and sectoral representatives to ensure the funding is distributed quickly, fairly and to maximise its impact. Work on the programme of support across the wider the arts, culture, heritage and indigenous languages sectors is well advanced and details of the new funding schemes, including guidance, eligibility and application information will be available in due course.