Good news for two Donegal festivals hoping to go ahead this year

Two festivals were awarded funding under the government scheme

Glenties Harvest Fair

Hopes that Glenties Harvest Fair will go ahead


The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, TD has today announced a funding allocation of €54,700 to support Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools taking place around Ireland in 2020.

Two Donegal applicants have been awarded funding from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Small Scale Local Festivals and Summers Schools Scheme.

The Irish Military Heritage Foundation CLG has been awarded €4,000 for its Speaker William Conolly Summer School and Glenties Harvest Fair Festival has been awarded €2,500.

The Scheme is designed to assist local cultural events which may not be eligible under funding criteria for larger scale events such as those supported by Fáilte Ireland, the Arts Council and similar bodies. Funding was allocated following a competitive applications process, with a maximum grant of €5,000 available.

Projects to be funded this year are a mix of online initiatives and 'in real life' events to be delivered to a domestic audience in line with general public health guidance. The intention is to add to the cultural content assisted by the Department and create a cultural space relevant to both local interest and a wider community.

Minister Madigan said: “It is important to support local cultural events and activities as all culture, in essence, starts locally with the people and is reinforced and developed through the community. This is especially important at the present time where many people may be feeling isolated and alone.

"The organisations funded under this scheme have shown great resilience and adaptability in the planning of their projects and the events will have a positive effect on the wellbeing of the attendees lucky enough to get to enjoy them. 

"It is hoped that events supported through the scheme will bring a sense of local culture home while staying apart and a much needed sense of cultural community and closeness.”

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