Ní Chuilín reinstates £940,000 for arts and sport

The Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Carál Ní Chuilín, has announced the reinstatement of funding for arts and sports.15251175137_aa21579d1d_o

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.”