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Funding available for heritage projects in Inishowen 02.09.20

THE Heritage Council is inviting applications to its Community Heritage Grant Scheme which is part of the rescue package for the heritage sector announced by the Minister for Heritage & Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan. The aims of the grant scheme are to support capital projects that improve access and inclusion to heritage sites and that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections, objects and buildings. The scheme also supports the purchase of essential equipment. Grant applications must be submitted using the Heritage Council’s online application system at www.heritagecouncil.ie by 5pm on the closing date of Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer, said, “Even during the lockdown, the potential of our natural, built and cultural heritage to our quality of life came to the fore. Many people sought to explore and engage with the heritage in their locality and their engagement with heritage improved people’s mood, contributed to their well-being and was a source of learning. The announcement that €550,000 will be made available nationally this year for the Community Heritage Grant Scheme is most welcome and goes some way to providing much needed support for heritage initiatives in the county. Eligible projects that can be considered under the scheme include projects relating to access, inclusion, interpretation, community-led surveys, local heritage audits, the purchase of specialised equipment, conservation of objects or collections, the preparation of conservation reports or conservation management plans, community-led building conservation works, and habitat or species conservation projects.”

Grants of up to €15,000 can be awarded and funding of up to 80% of the project cost can be sought. Match funding by way of voluntary contributions or benefit in kind is acceptable. Projects must be completed by November 23, 2020.

Further information on the grant scheme is available at www.heritagecouncil.ie . Advice on applications is also available from the County Donegal Heritage Office on 074 91 72576.
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