Night-Time Economy Support Scheme extension announced

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin has extended the Night-Time Economy Support Scheme with an additional investment of €1.4 million, bringing the total allocated to this Scheme to €4 million. 


“The level of interest and enthusiasm for the Night-Time Economy Support Scheme has been overwhelming," said the Minister.

“The level of interest and enthusiasm for the Night-Time Economy Support Scheme has been overwhelming,” said the Minister.

The Scheme has proved popular with industry and venue-owners willing to stimulate the Night-Time Economy in their areas and Minister Martin has now increased the funding available and reopened the Scheme.

The Scheme will be extended until 12 noon on the 10th of August or until the funding is exhausted, whichever comes first.

The NTESS was launched on the 22nd of June, initially providing funding of €2.6 million to pubs, nightclubs, cafés and other suitable licenced/unlicensed premises to support the provision of entertainment during off-peak times.

Funding will be available to trial a series of cultural activities (minimum number: four events), with a maximum grant of €10,000 available per application.

The funding will support events such as music including electronic music, comedy, dance, literature, poetry, theatrical productions, plays, craft and art/photographic exhibitions.

The aim is to promote an increase in footfall in cities, towns and villages as well as provide artists with paying gigs and customers with a more alternative, diverse and inclusive night-time offering. This initiative is in support of two recommendations in the Report of the Night-Time Economy Taskforce.

“The level of interest and enthusiasm for the Night-Time Economy Support Scheme has been overwhelming,” said the Minister, “A whole host of businesses and venues operating in the Night-Time Economy have submitted innovative and exciting proposals to help stimulate night-time activity in our cities, towns and villages right across the country. I know many were disappointed when the Scheme closed but I am delighted now to be able to extend the Scheme with an additional €1.4 million.

“This Scheme offers an opportunity for businesses and artists to work together to try something new and see what works for them and for their customers. I hope this will help to build a more sustainable night-time offering across the country.”

Applications can be made for the scheme through the dedicated application website.  Anyone who’s submitted a full application and received an acknowledgement need not re-apply.

The entertainment/cultural events must be of a participative or performance nature and can include but not limited to the following:

  • live music, including electronic music, performance
  • comedy nights
  • dance either performed or a participative event
  • literature or poetry nights
  • theatrical productions or plays
  • craft events
  • art/photographic exhibitions.




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