Grant scheme to conserve traditional farm buildings

Grant scheme to conserve traditional farm buildings

Funds are available for the conservation of County Donegal’s traditional farm buildings and other related structures from The Heritage Council in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine under the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme.

The funding will be made available countrywide this year for farmers under the Green, Low Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS). The closing date for receipt of applications to the grant scheme is Friday, May 6, 2016.

GLAS is the new agri-environment scheme for Irish farmers, to which nearly 40,000 farmers have already signed-up, and this new element to that scheme will help ensure that small traditional farm buildings and other structures, which are of significant cultural and heritage value, are restored and conserved for renewed practical agricultural use.

The aim of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme is to conserve traditional farm buildings including roofs, outside surface of walls, windows and doors.

“Farmers have always played an important role as custodians of our rural landscape” said Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer. “Although the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme is highly competitive, several farm buildings in County Donegal have benefitted under the scheme in recent years. As well as achieving the aims of GLAS, the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme allows traditional farm buildings to retain their relevance to agricultural activities, helps to maintain aspects of our rural built heritage which are important to regional landscape character, and conveys rural ways-of-life and local history to visitors and locals alike.”

Applications to the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme must be made directly to The Heritage Council in Kilkenny by Friday, May 6, 2016. Further details and application forms are available from The Heritage Council in Kilkenny on (056) 777 0777. Application forms can also be downloaded from The Heritage Council website at: www.heritagecouncil.ie