Ap­pli­ca­tions now open for two built her­itage grants schemes

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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, dburns@wick­low­coco.ie, (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.

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