Applications now open for two built heritage grants schemes
WICKLOW County Council has been allocated funding from the Minister of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs for two built heritage grant schemes in 2017.
Owners of Protected Structures and structures within Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs) are invited to apply to Wicklow County Council for grants by Tuesday, February 28, to assist the conservation and repair of structures, and to carry out essential works to safeguard these buildings into the future.
The two schemes are the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) and The Structures at Risk Fund (SRF).
The schemes are designed to leverage private funding, 50 per cent under BHIS and 20 per cent under SRF, towards works, and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craft workers and trades people.
Under the BHIS there is €50,000 available for county Wicklow with a maximum grant of €10,000 per project.
Under the SRF the council may shortlist two projects for up to €30,000 each.
Wicklow County Council successfully administered €90,000 in grants under the two schemes in 2016 which supported the following conservation projects: Barravore crusher house, Glenmalure; Castlemacadam church ruins, Avoca; St Mary’s Church, Blessington; St Saviours Church, Arklow; Ballymurrin Farmhouse; Wicklow Parish Church; and Kilmurray Church ruins outside Newtownmountkennedy.
Full details of each scheme and application forms are available on www.wicklow.ie or from the planning section of Wicklow County Council.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday, February 28, at 4 p.m.
The Record of Protected Structures and the list of Architectural Conservation Areas may be viewed in the Wicklow County Development Plan at the planning section of the council website www.wicklow.ie.
Applicants are encouraged to read the criteria and conditions carefully. Queries can be addressed to Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, email@example.com, (0404) 20100.
Heritage Officer Deirdre Burns, Therese Hicks, Robert Byrne, Agustus Wright and Huw O’Toole at Kilmurray Church ruins, which benefited from grant funding last year.