Hard decisions in approving arts grants to ninety-three groups

A total of 93 groups across Galway are to share in €385,000 in funding this year under the Galway City Council’s Arts Grants 2016 scheme.

The funding, approved by the local authority at its meeting this week, will see grants ranging from €200 to €46,000 going to groups and projects across the city and covering all aspects of the arts in Galway.

The city council’s arts officer, James Harrold, told councillors this week that while a number of new groups had sought funding this year, there had been no increase in the amount of funding available, so “hard decisions” had to be made.

Mr Harrold was responding to questions from councillors as to why some groups had received less funding than they had requested, and others had received no funding at all.

“We do have an extraordinary arts community,” he said. “We are blessed, and it’s up to us to keep that going to help it flourish to develop it, and to act strategically.”

Mr Harrold pointed out that some projects involving, for example, heritage and social inclusion, would be in a position to receive funding under other programmes.

“We have the same amount of money this year as we had last year. What you have is new organisations coming on board and a certain amount of cannibalism, I’m afraid, so hard decisions have to be made.”

The full lilst:

Access Music Project (€3,000 ); Adventures in Music (1,000 ); An Áit Eile (€1,000 ); Alá (€1,000 ); Artspace Studios (€9,000 ); Away With Words (€1,500 ); Baboró (€15,500 ); Blue Teapot Theatre (€4,000 ); Branar Téatar do Pháistí (€3,000 ); Claddagh Community Music Society (€500 ); Club Shine Youth Variety Club (€300 ); Cois Cladaigh Chamber Choir (€3,500 ); Colours Fringe Festival (€1,500 ); Colours Street Theatre (€1,000 ); COPE Galway (Sonas Art Group ) (€400 ); Crannóg Media (€1,180 ); Croí na Gaillimhe Writers’ Group (€300 ); Cúirt International Festival of Literature (€13,000 ); Decadent Theatre Company (€1,000 ); Druid Theatre Company (€28,000 ); Engage Art Studios (€4,050 ); Forge Clay Studios (€800 ); Fregoli Theatre Company (€1,000 ); Galway African Film Festival (€500 ); Galway Art Club (€600 ); Galway Arts Centre (€19,000 ); Galway Baroque Singers (€4,250 ); Galway Cathedral Recitals (€1,720 ); Galway Choral Association (€2,000 ); Galway Community Circus (€6,000 ); Galway Dance Project (€5,550 ); Galway Early Music Society (€8,000 ); Galway Feminist Collective (€500 ); Galway Film Centre I-D Films Project (€12,000 ); Galway Film Fleadh (€16,000 ); Galway Film Society (€7,000 ); Galway Fringe Festival (€2,800 ); Galway International Arts Festival (€46,000 ); Galway Jazz Festival (€3,500 ); Galway Music Residency (€23,000 ); Galway Musical Society (€3,000 ); Galway Patrician Musical Society (€3,000 ); Galway Percy French Society (€300 ); Galway Print Studio (€2,000 ); The Galway Review (€500 ); The Galway Sessions (€8,000 ); Galway Steinway (1981 ) Trust (€500 ); Galway Theatre Festival (€4,000 ); Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust (€9,000 ); Galway Youth Arts Alliance (€2,000 ); Galway Youth Orchestra (€5,000 ); Galway Youth Theatre (€8,000 ); Impressions 2016 (€1,000 ); Irish Patchwork Society (western branch ) (€500 ); ISDA (€500 ); John Rogers Theatre (€200 ); Junior Galway Film Fleadh (€1,500 ); KATS (€500 ); Little Cinema Galway (€3,000 ); Macnas (€24,000 ); Moonfish Theatre Company (€4,900 ); Music For Galway (€13,500 ); No Ropes Theatre (€500 ); 126 Artist-run Gallery (€6,000 ); Over The Edge (€3,000 ); Renmore Pantomime Society (€2,500 ); Saint Nicholas Schola Cantorum (€3,000 ); Soundscape Project (€4,000 ); Speckled Egg Dance (€300 ); The Theatre Room (€1,000 ); Tulca Festival of Visual Art (€10,000 ); Tues in the Church (€1,750 ); Westside Arts Festival (€2,500 ); and Youth Ballet West (€1,200 ).

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