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Heritage : Funding Schemes

Heritage Council Grant Scheme

Each year the Heritage Council calls for applications for funding for heritage projects under the Heritage Council Grants Programme. The Heritage Council allocates more than €1 million of National Lottery funding towards six grant schemes:

  • Local Heritage
  • Publications
  • Museums & Archives
  • Wildlife
  • Architecture Research
  • Archaeology

Requests for application forms and information should be made in writing only or alternatively information and application forms are available on the Heritage Council web-site. Details for next years grants scheme will be posted on this site as soon as they become available. The closing date for receipt of applications is usually in early December. Further information and application forms are also available from the Heritage Office, Mayo County Council.

Vodafone and Conservation Volunteers Nature Fund

The Vodafone and Conservation Volunteers Nature Fund aims to encourage the appreciation and protection of Ireland’s unique natural environment through the funding of locally-based environmental projects and initiatives.

Further information on this scheme is available from:
Vodafone and Conservation Volunteers
Ireland Nature Fund
The Stewards House
Rathfarnham Castle
Rathfarnham
Dublin 14
Tel: 01 4952878
http://www.cvi.ie/ (External Site, opens in new window)

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Local Authority Conservation Grant Scheme for Protected Structures

The Local Authority allocates grants each year for the conservation of Protected Structures. The standard grant is 50% of the approved cost of works, up to a maximum of €13,000. A planning authority may recommend in exceptional circumstances, a grant of 75% of the approved cost of works, up to €25,000. For further details of the scheme contact the Planning Office of Mayo County Council

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Conservation Grants for Public Buildings

Under the Urban & Village Renewal Regional Operational Programmes 2000-2006 a scheme of EU Co-Financed grants has been put in place for the restoration and conservation of the architectural heritage. Under the Scheme, operated by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, grants may be provided in respect of buildings which are in public ownership or open to the public generally, which are considered to be of considerable architectural merit. In general applications are invited from local authorities, civic trusts and other not-for-profit organisations. Buildings in use for public administration or which are in private ownership are not eligible for grant-aid. For further information contact the Urban and Village Development Section of the Dept. of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Tel: 01 888 2814.

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The Heritage Council Buildings at Risk Programme

The Heritage Council has in place a database of buildings, which require funding for essential repairs. Each year the list of buildings is reviewed and buildings prioritised and selected for funding. Grant assistance is usually 50%.
The Buildings at Risk scheme will be advertised in September 2004. The closing date for receipt of applications will be the end of February 2005 and these projects will be prioritised for funding in 2006.

Further information and application forms are available from the Heritage Council, Rothe House, Kilkenny. Tel: 056 7770777
http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/  (External Site, opens in new window)
Application forms are also available from the Mayo County Council Heritage Office.

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Thatching Grant

Grants for the 'Renewal or Repair of Thatch Roofs of Houses' are available from the Department of the Environment. To be eligible for this grant the house must be a normal place of residence.
Further information and application forms are available from the Department of the Environment, Housing Grants Section, Government Offices, Ballina, Co. Mayo.
Tel: 096 24200, LoCall 1890 30 50 30

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Tax Relief for Significant Buildings and Gardens

Under Section 482 of the 1997 Taxes Consolidation Act, an owner/occupier of an approved building (including surrounding garden) can apply for tax relief in respect of expenditure for the repair, maintenance or restoration of an approved building or garden. Gardens, in their own right, are also included.

An approved building or garden is one which:

  • The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has determined to be intrinsically of significant historical, architectural or aesthetic interest. In relation to a garden, it must be a garden, which is intrinsically of significant horticultural, scientific, historical architectural or aesthetic interest.
  • The Revenue Commissioners have determined that reasonable access is provided to the for members of the public or in the case of a guest house that it is in use as a guest house for at least six months of the year.

The scheme is administered by the Revenue Commissioners. For further information contact your local tax office.

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