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Galway County projects urged to apply soon for Heritage Council grant

Galway Rural Development - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Deadline for applications 5pm, 7 March 2016

Friday, 12 February 2016: The Heritage Council has announced it will allocate €700,000 to heritage projects under its 2016 Heritage Management Grant Scheme. The grants are aimed at supporting projects that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections or objects (including buildings).  

Grant applications must be submitted on the Heritage Council’s online application system before 5pm on Monday, 7 March 2016.

 Speaking about the grants scheme, Heritage Council Chief Executive, Michael Starrett said “the past number of years has brought many challenges to those working hard to preserve and promote Ireland’s heritage and to highlight its significance to people and their places. In that context, the Heritage Council is delighted to be able to offer some financial assistance to community-based heritage projects. These local projects are very important in protecting our heritage, as well as creating jobs and promoting local tourism”.

 “The Heritage Council is only in a position to make these grants because of additional financial support given by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD. I want to thank the Minister for this support as the capacity provided will impact positively on a wide range of initiatives”, added Mr Starrett.

Grants may be awarded for:

  • - The preparation of a conservation report, conservation plan or conservation management plan to inform future works (a ‘Conservation Plan’ is a plan prepared in accordance with the process set out in The Burra Charter: The Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance, 2013);
  • - The carrying out of actions that are in accordance with a fully developed conservation plan or a management plan that applies good heritage practice;
  • - Works to buildings and structures where the special heritage interest of the building or structure is demonstrated to be at risk;
  • Conservation of heritage collections and objects, including documents;
  • - Conservation or management of a wildlife site where a conservation/management plan exists.

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