§ Lord Laird
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What funding they provided for the major Irish festival in west Belfast in 2003; from what sources and on what basis the funding was provided; and when were the applications for funding received. [HL1885]185WA
§ Baroness Amos
In 2003 Féile an Phobail (Féile), often described as the West Belfast Festival, received government funding totalling £583,480 through the Department of Social Development (DSD), Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) and Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI). The following table sets out the funding source, the basis of the funding, the date the application was received and the amount of government funding allocated in 2003.
Féile an Phobail (West Belfast Festival) Funding 2003 Funding Source Basis of Funding Date Application Received Amount of Funding (£) DSD via (a) Belfast Regeneration Office and (b) the Voluntary and Community Unit (a) Festival contributed to a number of aspects of public policy namely tourism, arts and culture, and social/community development. (a) May 2002 and August 2003. £187,791 (b) Short term funding Programme for key services from the Social Inclusion/Community Regeneration Executive Programme Fund. (b) November 2002. DCAL via (a) Arts Council of Northern Ireland, (b) Northern Ireland Events Company and (c) Foras na Gaeilge (a)(i) Artistic f programme information and budget provided, (ii) 3 year access grant provided on basis of artistic programme information and budget and was directed specifically towards the Oscailt disability development programme. (a)(i) 29 November 2002 (ii) 28 February 2001 (a)(i) £80,000 (ii) £23,750 (b) To assist with growing international elements of the Festival. 16 May 2003 £20,000 (c) Sponsorship of various Irish language related events during the festival and on Féile FM. May 2003 £11,000 DFP via Belfast Local Strategy Partnership (a) Area-based Regeneration funding for Féile FM Radio to develop its services professionally and to refurbish premises to create the first phase of a creative industries multimedia floor. 29 May 2003 £124,025 (b) Locally based human resource, training and development strategy—funding to provide training in radio skills. 25 March 2003 £121,914 DETI via The Northern Ireland Tourist Board NITB events support scheme to assist marketing outside Northern Ireland. 8 April 2003 £15,000 Total Funding £583,480