Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Clare is to benefit from two Arts and Culture funding allocations to the tune of €38,591.
The funding is part of €750,000 allocated to more than 60 local arts organisations around the country by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys as part of the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018.
Cois na hAbhna CCÉ is to receive €20,000 while Teach Ceoil Kilrush CCE will receive €18,591.
Minister Pat Breen said: “This is a very important week of course for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Clare as it counts down to what I am sure will be a very successful Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis.
“Of course once Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann has finished, CCÉ in Clare will be looking to the Munster Fleadh which will also be held in Ennis next year. Funding for CCÉ in Clare is therefore particularly welcome at his time,” he added.
The funding is being made available under Stream 3 of the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme. Earlier this year, Minister Humphreys announced funding of over €9 million under Stream 1 and 2 of the Scheme.
“The first two rounds of funding were aimed at larger organisations but these grants are for smaller community based groups, many of whom are doing great work here in Clare in the arts and culture sphere.
“While the maximum grant allowed under this scheme is €20,000, the grants will still make a significant difference to those smaller organisations looking to develop, for example, IT projects, new lighting and sound systems in theatres and arts centres, seating, staging and storage and the improvement of digital facilities,” Minister Breen added.