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National Performing Companies Capital Project Support

National Performing Companies Capital Project Support

 

Scottish Government Loan support to Scottish Opera for the Glasgow Theatre Royal Capital Refurbishment Project and Scottish Government Loan support to the National Theatre of Scotland for the Rockvilla Capital Project

 

LEGAL CONTEXT

 

National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985

 

OBJECTIVE OF THE SCHEME

 

The objective of the scheme is to meet the final project costs of the Theatre Royal Capital Refurbishment project and to support the development of the new Creation Centre Rockvilla for the National Theatre of Scotland.

 

CULTURE AND HERITAGE CONSERVATION - ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

 

In terms of Article 53 of the Regulation Scottish local authorities may give support for the following cultural purposes and activities:

 

(a) museums, archives, libraries, artistic and cultural centres or spaces, theatres, opera houses, concert halls, other live performance organisations, film heritage institutions and other similar artistic and cultural infrastructures, organisations and institutions;

(b) tangible heritage including all forms of movable or immovable cultural heritage and archaeological sites, monuments, historical sites and buildings; natural heritage linked to cultural heritage or if formally recognized as cultural or natural heritage by the competent public authorities of a Member State;

(c) intangible heritage in any form, including folklorist customs and crafts;

(d) art or cultural events and performances, festivals, exhibitions and other similar cultural activities;

(e) cultural and artistic education activities as well as promotion of the understanding of the importance of protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions through educational and greater public awareness programs, including with the use of new technologies;

(f) writing, editing, production, distribution, digitisation and publishing of music and literature, including translations.

 

CULTURE AND HERITAGE CONSERVATION - ELIGIBLE COSTS

 

For investment aid, the eligible costs shall be the investment costs in tangible and intangible assets, including:

 

(a) costs for the construction, upgrade, acquisition, conservation or improvement of infrastructure, if at least 80 % of either the time or the space capacity per year is used for cultural purposes;

(b) costs for the acquisition, including leasing, transfer of possession or physical relocation of cultural heritage;

(c) costs for safeguarding, preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, including extra costs for storage under appropriate conditions, special tools, materials and costs for documentation, research, digitalisation and publication;

(d) costs for improving the accessibility of cultural heritage to the public, including costs for digitisation and other new technologies, costs to improve accessibility for persons with special needs (in particular, ramps and lifts for disabled persons, braille indications and hands-on exhibits in museums) and for promoting cultural diversity with respect to presentations, programmes and visitors;

(e) costs for cultural projects and activities, cooperation and exchange programmes and grants including costs for selection procedures, costs for promotion and costs incurred directly as a result of the project;

 

For operating aid, the eligible costs shall be the following:

 

(a) the cultural institution's or heritage site's costs linked to continuous or periodic activities including exhibitions, performances and events and similar cultural activities that occur in the ordinary course of business;

(b) costs of cultural and artistic education activities as well as promotion of the understanding of the importance of protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions through educational and greater public awareness programs, including with the use of new technologies;

(c) costs of the improvement of public access to the cultural institution or heritage sites and activities including costs of digitisation and of use of new technologies as well as costs of improving accessibility for persons with disabilities;

(d) operating costs directly relating to the cultural project or activity, such as rent or lease of real estate and cultural venues, travel expenses, materials and supplies directly related to the cultural project or activity, architectural structures for exhibitions and stage sets, loan, lease and depreciation of tools, software and equipment, costs for access rights to copyright works and other related intellectual property rights protected contents, costs for promotion and costs incurred directly as a result of the project or activity; depreciation charges and the costs of financing are only eligible if they have not been covered by investment aid;

(e) costs for personnel working for the cultural institution or heritage site or for a project;

(f) costs for advisory and support services provided by outside consultants and service providers, incurred directly as result of the project.

 

CULTURE AND HERITAGE CONSERVATION - AID INTENSITIES

 

For investment aid, the aid amount shall not exceed the difference between the eligible costs and the operating profit of the investment The operating profit shall be deducted from the eligible costs ex ante, on the basis of reasonable projections, or through a claw-back mechanism. The operator of the infrastructure is allowed to keep a reasonable profit over the relevant period.

For operating aid, the aid amount shall not exceed what is necessary to cover the operating losses and a reasonable profit over the relevant period. This shall be ensured ex ante, on the basis of reasonable projections, or through a clawback mechanism.

As an alternative to the above, for aid not exceeding €1 million, the maximum amount of aid may be set at 80 % of eligible costs.

The maximum aid granted may not exceed €100 million per project in respect of investment aid: in the case of operating aid this may not exceed:€50 million per undertaking per year.

 

CULTURE AND HERITAGE CONSERVATION - EXCLUSIONS

 

Aid to press and magazines, whether they are published in print or electronically, shall not be eligible for support. The full text of the General Block Exemption can be found http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32014R0651&from=EN.