Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed the announcement of £29m support for the culture, language, arts and heritage sectors impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

This £29m allocation from the Executive is in addition to other funds the Department has previously announced. A £5.5m Creative Support Fund has already been established by the Department of which, to date, £1.9 million has been paid to small to medium organisations in addition to just over £0.5 million to individuals.

The funding is to support the arts, culture, heritage, languages and the wider creative industries sectors and also includes  support for libraries, museums, comedy, music and cinema.

Minister Ní Chuilín said:

“I am thankful to my Executive colleagues for allocating funding to these hard hit sectors, especially when all departments are facing considerable additional pressures as a result of the ongoing challenge of COVID-19.

“This additional funding will provide a much needed lifeline and significant boost to our culture, language, arts and heritage sectors which have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

“The £29m investment will support them in the short term and provide additional support for the future.

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