Night Time Economy- Late Night at the Museum Scheme

17 May 2023

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, has today (Wednesday, 17 May), ahead of International Museum Day, launched a late night museum pilot scheme in support of the Night-Time Economy. The “After Hours” strand builds on the learnings from last year’s pilot Night-Time Economy Support Scheme and aims to support small museums and galleries across the country to open later, programme new live events and encourage diversity of offering in small towns and villages across the country.

This call for funding will be offered to those museums who hold Institutional membership of the Irish Museum Association and also museums who are members of the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.

Support will be offered by way of a grant payment of up to €10,000 per museum and they will be required to open later and/or schedule events for a minimum of 4 nights until at least 9pm. Additional funding may be considered if a more ambitious programme of openings is proposed and funding allows.

Speaking at the launch of the scheme, Minister Martin said:

“International Museum Day is being marked this week and we celebrate how Museums and Galleries throughout the country are the beating heart of culture in our communities. They are the keepers of our history, reflect our cultural identity and provide a space for creativity which future generations can enjoy. They play a vital role in smaller towns and villages supporting open conversations, promoting positive mental health and are inclusive to all. A thriving Night Time Economy is valuable to communities and I would like to encourage local museums and galleries to look at their spaces through a late night lens. This support announced today aims to welcome new audiences through a variety of innovative programming and activities. Bringing life to longer evenings for both communities and tourists alike.”

Eligible Costs include, but not limited to:

  • Tour Guides
  • Late night staff costs
  • Costs related to carrying out a visitor survey/exhibition survey (See Appendix B Form B)
  • Security Costs
  • Event insurance
  • Artist’s, performers, guides fees/costs etc. (artists/performers must be paid)
  • set-up/staging costs
  • AV costs and equipment hire
  • Marketing and Advertising

The Scheme is now open for applications and will close on 28th June 2023. Applications must include a clear description of the proposed cultural activities and lay out the timeline for each cultural event proposed. All cultural activities must take place before 12th November 2023 and all funds must be drawn down by no later than the 17thNovember 2023 to ensure payment.

Night Time Economy- Late Night at the Museum Scheme: Guidelines and application