Minister Extends Night-Time Economy Support Scheme

By Dave Simpson
Minister Extends Night-Time Economy Support Scheme

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin has extended the Night-Time Economy Support Scheme with an additional €1.4 million investment, which brings the total allocated to the scheme to €4 million, according to a statement published on, which noted that the scheme will be extended until 12 noon on 10 August or until the funding is exhausted.


Applications are invited under strand A: licensed premises and stand B: unlicensed premises, according to the statement published on, which also noted that the entertainment/cultural events must be of a participative or performance nature and can include but are not limited to:
  • 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;
  • and art/photographic exhibitions.

Statements By Minister Martin

The statement published on included a statement from Minister Martin that said, "The level of interest and enthusiasm for the Night-Time Economy Support Scheme has been overwhelming. 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. I would like to thank the industry representative organisations for their support in promoting this scheme."

Minister Martin continued, "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 for the scheme can be submitted via, according to the statement published on

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