Dillon welcomes funding of up to €250,000 for Mayo under Outdoor Public Space Scheme

– New scheme dedicated to opening-up and creating public spaces dedicated to the arts, culture and festivals;

– Support will allow Mayo County Council to adapt, equip or improve public spaces for cultural and events activities;

– A capital grant of up to €250,000 with a funding rate of up to 90% will be made available to Mayo Co. Co. under the scheme.

Fine Gael TD for Mayo, Alan Dillon, has welcomed the announcement that a new funding scheme has been launched to help local authorities to open-up and create public spaces dedicated to the arts, culture and festivals.  The Outdoor Public Space Scheme will allow for funding of up to €250,000 for Mayo County Council with a funding rate of up to 90% of the cost of the projects.  The funding was announced by the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, TD.

Deputy Dillon said; “The use of outdoor spaces will become increasingly important in the months ahead and this funding will allow for improved outdoor facilities in Mayo.  The new Outdoor Public Space Scheme allows for proposals on suitable projects to be submitted immediately.  The scheme includes an expectation that Mayo County Council will consult with Fáilte Ireland so there should also be added tourism potential from these projects.”

Deputy Dillon added: “I have sent the details of the scheme to senior officials in Mayo County Council and hope they will be seeking the maximum level of funding.  While up to €250,000 in funding will be available to Mayo County Council, the funding rate is very generous at 90% per project.  I hope to see applications being submitted as soon as possible so it may be possible for some works to commence before the summer months.”