Last borough council invites grant applications

Sam Matthews

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Sam Matthews

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With just four months to go before it ceases to exist as an entity, Kilkenny Borough Council has announced details of funding available for local arts, amenity and festival groups or individuals.

With just four months to go before it ceases to exist as an entity, Kilkenny Borough Council has announced details of funding available for local arts, amenity and festival groups or individuals.

The council has set aside €129,000 to be divided amongst the successful applicants. The breakdown is as follows: €75,000 for festivals, €44,000 for arts, and €10,000 for amenity.

Grant applications need to be submitted to Town Clerk Brian Tyrrell before February 28 if they are to be considered. The council intends to discuss applications at its March monthly meeting.

The borough council will be abolished in line with the upcoming local elections in May. As such, this will be the last round of this funding from the city’s local authority.

Mayor of Kilkenny Martin Brett intends to host a ceremony in City Hall in the coming weeks to be attended by those in receipt of grant allocations. This will acknowledge the borough council’s role in providing funding for groups – something which many local councillors feel may be missed in the years to come.

Application forms are available online from www.kilkennycity.ie or from City Hall. Groups, organisations and individuals seeking assistance must be based in the Kilkenny administrative area, and projects or events must take place in same or have significance to the area.

Grants may be used for a variety of things, such as promoting arts, purchase of equipment, and individual artists. More information is available online.