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Heritage Council announces funding for 197 heritage projects nationwide

CBH05296, West Cork Maritime Heritage Company have been awarded €3,500 for restoration of the only known sand boat in Ireland.

The Heritage Council has today announced funding for 197 heritage projects under its 2015 Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme. The scheme, which supports the continuing conservation and development of Irish heritage through local community based groups, is expected to generate total investment of more than €1 million. Funding of €547,000 is being provided through the Heritage Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. 

The scheme has proven once again to be hugely popular, with over 600 applications received. 

Conor Newman, Heritage Council Chairman, said: “We are delighted to see the Community Grants scheme return for 2015. It is a hugely popular initiative, and while we weren’t in a position to support all of the projects which applied, I am very pleased that almost 200 projects across the country are set to benefit. Many of these projects support rare and threatened aspects of our heritage and all of them tell a story. They contribute to local economies, improve our tourism product and allow people to be involved and contribute to their places.  As the Heritage Council celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year it is important to be able to continue to work in partnership with community organisations across Ireland and support the aspects of heritage they value. It is an approach that has been at the core of its thinking since it was first set up in 1995 and has delivered significant results with small amounts of funds”. 

An example of some of the projects that have received funding include the renewal of the original windows of Bantry House (€4000), conservation of the Irish Volunteers Cap of Revolutionary Austin Stack in Kerry County Museum (€2,000), creation of digital 3D model of Medieval Kilkenny (€5000), conservation of Shackleton’s Quest Cabin used on his last polar expedition (€5000), and a project to save the existing colonies of swifts in Longford Town (€2000). 

Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys said: “It is very important that we invest in protecting our heritage. I am delighted to have been able to support the reintroduction of this Heritage Council Grant Scheme which will result in considerable economic and community development throughout the country. It directly supports community groups which work tirelessly, often on a voluntary basis, to conserve local heritage projects. I have a huge appreciation for the pride local communities take in heritage projects, and how these projects can help inspire pride of place and attract visitors. This funding will come as a great boost to individual projects and communities involved.”

View a list of the Grants offered here