Grant funding confirmed for arts groups

Kilkenny Borough Council has confirmed the grant allocations to a variety of arts groups in the city for this year.

Kilkenny Borough Council has confirmed the grant allocations to a variety of arts groups in the city for this year.

Earlier in the year, the council allocated Kilkenny Arts Festival €20,000. A number of smaller arts groups were then invited to seek funding from a total pot of €9,000.

Kilkenny Musical Society is to receive €2,500 towards its production of 39th annual show ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. This was half of the amount originally sought by the group, but is substantially up on last year’s allocation of €250.

Watergate Productions received the second largest sum, with a €2,000 allocation – although this is down €1,000 on last year’s amount. The money is to be used for the production of a children’s Christmas show.

The Fringe Festival was allocated €1,000. Kilkenny Music Festival will receive a €600 funding allocation, while the Enable Ireland Rockfall Festival is to get €550 of the €2,000 for which it initially applied.

The Butler Gallery received €400 of the almost €2,500 it was seeking, to purchase new portable gallery seating for people with mobility difficulties.

St Canice’s National School is to get €150 of the €300 it sought for the purchase of two violas. Meanwhile, St Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band received €250 towards new equipment.

Ossory Youth will receive €550, while Music in Kilkenny was allocated €250. Kilkenny Uilleann Pipers Group received €250, and St Mary’s Day Care Centre is to get €150, as is Conradh na Gaeilge.