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Minister Humphreys Announces €4.8 Million Investment Package for Heritage Projec

Wed, 03 May 2017 12:00:00 IST
Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2017  

Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, has announced that 569 heritage projects will share in a €4.8 million investment package as part of the 2017 Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Structures at Risk Fund.  Providing funding under these schemes is a commitment in Realising Our Rural Potential: The Action Plan for Rural Development.

The investment package will allow for the conservation and repair of protected structures across the country.  The two schemes follow the same model as the very successful 2016 scheme.  It is expected that the schemes will leverage more than €11 million in private funds and will generate significant employment in the conservation and construction sectors.

Announcing the investment package Minister Humphreys said:

"This investment will support heritage buildings and jobs in the conservation sector right across the country.  The €4.8 million investment will further leverage more than €11 million in private sector funds and will stimulate labour-intensive projects nationwide.

"Ireland's built heritage is vital part of the infrastructure of our villages, towns and cities.  The Action Plan for Rural Development recognises the importance of investing in built heritage as a tool for rural regeneration and the economic recovery is allowing me to increase the level of funding available.  Investing in our built heritage is good not just for the individual properties concerned, but can also provide a real boost to job creation in the conservation, construction and tourism sectors.

"A wide range of properties will benefit from funding this year in every county nationwide, including churches, country houses, private homes, railway stations and other protected structures".

The Minister concluded by adding: "I would like to acknowledge the contribution of the local authorities in embracing these schemes which will have a positive impact on protected structures in every local authority area across the country.  I am also delighted by the response of private owners and their willingness to release substantial private matching funds and invest in our built heritage".

Built Heritage Investment Scheme

€3.5 million in funding has been allocated to 502 heritage projects under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2017.  The scheme provides funding for protected structures in private and public ownership.  The funding provided ranges from €2,500 to €10,000 per project.

Of the 502 heritage projects considered, many were for places of worship or residential use.  A number of applications were for the re-thatching of buildings of special vernacular interest.

Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2017

Structures at Risk Fund

€1.324 million in funding has been allocated to 67 heritage projects under the Structures at Risk Fund 2017.  The scheme provides funding for protected structures in private and public ownership.

Historic houses were once again eligible to apply for funding under the scheme in accordance with the commitment in the Action Plan for the Sustainable Future of the Irish Historic House.

Typical works to be funded include roof repairs, structural consolidation and measures to ensure weather tightness.

Structures at Risk Fund 2017