Funding for the Built Environment - Government Policy on Architecture
The closing date for receipt of applications for funding in response to this invitation is 3pm on Wednesday 25th July, 2012 as per Terms, Conditions and Criteria for Applications [DOC 60KB].
The Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 [PDF 2.46MB] Towards a Sustainable Future, Delivering Quality within the Built Environment provides the appropriate framework for architectural policy in Ireland. Placing an emphasis on sustainable development of the environment and urban design, incorporating architectural heritage in a holistic integrated manner, the policy encourages and supports high quality modern architecture. The Policy aims to contribute to refocusing resources in a way that assists economic recovery through areas such as research, sustainable planning and the promotion of quality in the Built Environment. The implementation of this Policy should lead to a greater emphasis on the role of architectural and urban-design quality in the design of the built environment.
Implementation of the Policy continues notwithstanding the severe financial constraints on Exchequer resources and the Department has allocated funding (less than €100k in total) for a direct grant aid programme in 2012 in support of the Policy Actions. Accordingly, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht invites applications from bodies, such as charities, academic institutions, local authorities, and professional organisations, for funding for good quality projects which will support and complement the Actions of the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015. Any funding made available for such projects will be provided in accordance with the guidelines, terms and conditions [DOC 60KB].
Applications may be submitted for funding for projects that will extend into 2013. Depending on the level of funding available, applications for funding may also be invited in 2013.
Financial assistance from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht may not exceed 80% of the estimated overall cost of delivering a project. The unfunded element may include personnel time invested and/or other financial resources.
The Department envisages that a range of implementation mechanisms will occur over the life of the Policy and this is just one such mechanism – it is very important that the optimum outcomes for architecture be leveraged from the finite resources available. Direct Grant Aid is subject to the general conditions attached being met in full.
Publication & Publicity: The Department will publish the details of all direct grant-aid payments made under the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 on its web-site. Parties in receipt of direct grant-in-aid are required to acknowledge the support of funding under the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 in any/all associated publicity material.
Enquiries: All enquiries in relation to this direct grant aid offer under the GPA may be made to:
Ms Lisa Chigara
Built Heritage and Architectural Policy Section
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Newtown Road, Wexford
Telephone: 053 911 7471
Fax: 053 911 7603