Archaeological and architectural heritage funding grants for 2023

The Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council would like to remind interested individuals and groups throughout the county that applications are currently invited under archaeological and architectural heritage grant schemes for 2023.

The Community Monument Fund (CMF) provides grants to support archaeological heritage while the annual Historic Structure Fund (HSF) and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) provides funding to support protected structures and architectural heritage.

The CMF is administered on behalf of the National Monuments Service of the Department of Housing, Heritage and Local Government and provides investment to help owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to carry out essential works to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public.

Stream 1 provides grants of up to €100,000 for capital works; Stream 2 provides up to €30,000 for conservation plans and reports while Stream 3 provides up to €30,000 for enhancement of access infrastructure and interpretation (including virtual/online) at archaeological monuments.

The HSF and the BHIS are administered on behalf of the Built Heritage Section of the Department of Housing, Heritage and Local Government and provide grant funding to owners of historic buildings, protected structures and structures within Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs) for essential repairs and conservation works.

There is €96,000 in BHIS funding for county Wicklow in 2023, individual grants awarded will vary from €2,500 to €15,000, with a requirement on applicants to provide at least 50 per cent of total costs. The HSF provides additional grant aid under three streams as follows; Stream 1 €15,000-50,000 (up to 80 per cent); Stream 2 €50,000- 200,000 (up to 50 per cent) and Vernacular Stream €5,000 to 10,000 (up to 80 per cent).

Further information, contact details and application forms for each of these grant schemes is available on www.wicklow.ie under latest news.

Applicants are advised to carefully review the relevant information and ensure relevant consents; method statements and permissions are included with the application as required. The closing date for applications is 27th January 2023.

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