The additional €1.4 million has been allocated to support entertainment in off-peak times
Venues like nightclubs and cafes are being offered more funding to put on gigs to help boost the night-time entertainment offering.
The Night-Time Economy Support Scheme is designed to support off-peak entertainment in venues across the country.
The Scheme will reopen for applications at noon on 27th July 2022 and it will remain open until noon on 10th August 2022 or until the fund is exhausted, whichever occurs first.
A maximum grant of €10,000 is available per application.
However those working in the industry say it's not enough to keep the struggling sector going.
The €1.4 million package has been criticised after the basic income scheme for the arts was again delayed this week.
Newbridge based Fianna F
Senator O’Loughlin said, “I am delighted that an additional €1.4 million has been allocated to support entertainment in off-peak times to increase footfall in our cities and towns later in the evening and night-time, bringing total to €4m.
"Funding will be available to trial a series of cultural activities (minimum number of 4 events), with a maximum grant of €10,000 available per application.”
“I am pleased that this scheme will not just cover the traditional businesses we regularly associate with the nighttime economy, but also events such as music, including electronic music, comedy, dance, literature, poetry, theatrical productions, plays, craft and art/photographic exhibitions will be funded," she added.