Galway 2020 has secured more than €20 million in funding for next year’s European Capital of Culture programme.
The news comes after members of the Galway County Council received a presentation from Galway 2020’s CEO Patricia Philbin and creative director Helen Marriage during the monthly meeting at County Hall.
The breakdown of the funding sees €15 million coming from the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, with €6 million and €2 million being provided by the Galway City Council and the Galway County Council respectively.
Ms Philbin told councillors that nearly €13 million of the funding would be going into the 2020 programme with €1 million being set aside for legacy events by the Department.
Ms Philbin said; “The majority of the spend is on the  programme. But we are always looking at other sources of funding from the likes of national organisations and other Government departments. We have very positive feedback from businesses [for sponsorship]. Tourism Ireland is a big one [for us] for level of focus. [Galway 2020 is] representing Ireland and we need full support.
“There is another potential €1.5 million of funding available via the EU Melina Mercouri prize and there will be a meeting soon to decide this and we are confident of securing this.”
The Athenry-Oranmore area councillor James Charity queried whether Galway 2020 would be asking for more funding from the Galway County Council than the specified €2 million.
The Galway County Council chief executive Kevin Kelly responded; “When issue of funding was first asked, it was understood for €2 million. But there may be a further ask. A full amount [of funding] has not been defined.”