Funding for heritage and preservation projects in Donegal is now available through the Heritage Council and the deadline for applications is January 15.
The Heritage Council is inviting applications to the Heritage Management Grants Scheme 2014. The purpose of the grant scheme is to apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections or objects, including buildings. Grant applications must be submitted using the Heritage Council’s on-line application system at www.heritagecouncil.ie before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15.
“The Heritage Management Grants Scheme is a very important source of funding for heritage initiatives in County Donegal,” said Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer. “Due to budget cutbacks, 2013 was the first year since the establishment of The Heritage Council that it was not able to operate a public grants scheme.”
The announcement that €700,000 will be made available nationally in 2014 for the Heritage Management Grant Scheme is most welcome and goes some way to providing much needed support for heritage initiatives in the county. Eligible projects that can be considered under the scheme include the preparation of conservation reports; carrying out conservation works; preparation of specification of works; works to buildings at risk; conservation of heritage collections, objects and documents; and conservation or management of a wildlife site.”
Between 2006 and 2012, heritage initiatives in County Donegal received over €1 million in funding from The Heritage Council.
They only consider applications in the fields of national heritage specified in the Heritage Act 1995. This includes monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens, and parks and inland waterways. Grants of up to €15,000 can be awarded. The average grant awarded in 2012 was less than €8,000.
The grants usually cover between 30% and 50% of the project cost but, in exceptional cases, this can be up to 75%.
Applications to the Heritage Management Grant Scheme 2014 can only be made using the on-line application system on the Heritage Council website prior to the January 15, 2014 deadline.
Further information on the grant scheme is available by contacting The Heritage Council in Kilkenny on (056) 777 0777 or at www.heritagecouncil.ie/grants.
Advice on applications is also available from the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council on (074) 917 2576.