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Grants for traditional farm buildings 06.03.24

FUNDING is available to farmers in Inishowen for the conservation of traditional farm buildings under the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme administered by The Heritage Council in Donegal.

The aim of the scheme is to ensure that traditional farm buildings that contribute to landscape character and are of heritage value are conserved for agricultural use. Only online applications will be accepted and the closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday, March 27 at 5 pm.
Barn at Middle Illies, Ballymagan before and after conservation works.
“Our traditional farm buildings lend character to our rural landscape and farmers play an important role in their stewardship and conservation” explained Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer. “The Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme allows traditional farm buildings to retain their relevance to agricultural activities, helps to maintain aspects of our rural built heritage which are important to regional landscape character, and conveys rural ways-of-life and local history to visitors and locals alike.”

The grant is available for the conservation of traditional farm buildings including roofs, walls, structural repairs, windows and doors. Grants will also be available for other related structures such as historic yard surfaces and landscape features around the farmyard, walls and traditional farm gates. To be eligible for the scheme, buildings and other related structures must have architectural or vernacular heritage character, make a contribution to their setting and not be overwhelmed by large-scale modern buildings.

The grant will cover up to 75% of the cost of the works. The minimum grant offered will be €4,000 and the maximum amount will be €30,000. Further details and application forms are available online at www.heritagecouncil.ie or call 086 0259202 for more info.
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