Increase in Louth’s funding for heritage projects
FUNDING for heritage projects in Louth has increased by up to 58%, Deputy Fergus O’Dowd has stated as he welcomed the announcement that funding of up to €79,000 has been granted to Louth for heritage projects under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2019.
In addition funding for projects under the Historic Structures Fund 2019 will be announced after the HSF assessments have taken place.
He urged all the authorities and those with protected structures to apply for the schemes, which close on January 31 2019.
‘ This funding will allow for the conservation and repair of protected structures across the County,’ he said.’ These buildings and structures are so important to our heritage and identity as a county, and maintaining and repairing them is a crucial part of the regeneration of our communities.’
He said that the funding is also very important in terms of developing our tourism offering and helping to attract visitors to Louth, with all the benefits that can bring.
‘ The Built Heritage Invest- ment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund will support the owners and custodians of protected structures in every local authority area across the country in 2019 as they carry out hundreds of small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve our historic built environment. The projects will also provide vital support for local jobs in conservation, traditional skills and construction,’ the Fine Gael TD said.
Fergus O’Dowd TD.