As a result of funding reallocations as part of the November Monitoring Round, the Department is now in a position to reinstate £620,000 to the Arts Council which will be passed on to the 32 arts organisations and £320,000 to Sport NI.
In making the announcement, the Minister said:
“I am delighted to be announcing the reinstatement of this money for our arts and sporting communities. As I have said consistently, the cuts to our block grant by the Tory Government in Westminster are causing huge difficulties for the Executive and are having a detrimental effect on front-line services.
“I pledged to do my utmost to secure additional funding so that some or all of this money could be reinstated.
“I made a strong case for the reinstatement of this money and I am pleased that the Finance Minister, Arlene Foster, took this into account when making reallocations during November Monitoring. I thank her for listening to the arguments which I made. “As a result £940,000 has been secured and I know that this will be welcomed.”