25. Grants

(a) Capital Grants

Group

RTÉ

2020

2019

2020

2019

€’000

€’000

€’000

€’000

Opening Balance

7,904

7,946

-

-

Grants received re 700 MHz project

170

-

-

-

Released to Income Statement

(282)

(42)

-

-

Capital grant amortisation

(2,981)

-

-

-

4,811

7,904

-

-

Analysed as follows:

Non-current liabilities

4,408

4,518

-

-

Current liabilities

403

3,386

-

-

4,811

7,904

-

-

Commencing in 2017, the DTCAGSM issued a capital grant to RTÉ’s subsidiary, RTÉ Transmission Network DAC, to facilitate the clearing of the Spectrum 700 MHz frequency band, as stipulated by EU directives. The movement in the grant during the year is in line with the Group’s accounting policy.

(b) Other Grants

During the year Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) awarded a grant of €585,000 to RTÉ (2019: €585,000) for the purpose of making science-related programming. €535,000 was received during the year (2019: €605,000).

RTÉ was also awarded grants of €16,400 (2019: €513,896) from the BAI Sound & Vision and Archiving Schemes in respect of programme funding and digitising the archive library. During the year RTÉ received €169,102 (2019: €159,665) in relating to grants awarded.

RTÉ was awarded a grant of €1,109,000 from the Creative Ireland Programme in 2020 (2019: nil), of which €1,109,000 was received in 2020 (2019: €50,000) as a contribution towards a culture-based initiative which included a national arts projection plan which featured on RTÉ's Shine Your Light Solstice, the creation of bespoke RTÉ Supporting the Arts promotions and a national children's digital art competition - This is Art.

RTÉ was awarded two grants totalling €218,476 in 2020 from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in relation to projects commemorating the War of Independence and the Famine. €80,125 was received in the year.