HIstoric Towns Grant Scheme-Preliminary Notice

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Historic Towns Initiative will allocate a sum of €1 million to up to a maximum of ten historic towns who are engaged in heritage-led urban regeneration. Further details will be provided in January 2018.

In recent years Ireland's historic towns have experienced increased vacancy and dereliction particularly within the historic core. The internationally recognised practice of heritage-led regeneration demonstrates that the cultural heritage of historic towns can be used to create a desirable place in which people can live, visit and do business in. With leadership, vision and investment, heritage-led regeneration can bring economic benefits that will enable our historic towns to prosper, through increased visitor numbers and decreased numbers of vacant buildings and commercial premises. 

The 2013-14 Historic Towns Initiative (HTI) was a joint pilot undertaking by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Fáilte Ireland and the Heritage Council which promoted the heritage-led regeneration of Ireland’s historic towns. 

Lessons learned from this pilot have been used to develop a dedicated grants programme for 2018 – the Historic Towns Initiative (HTI). This will allocate a sum of €1 million to historic towns who are engaged in heritage-led urban regeneration. Further details will be provided in January 2018. A workshop will be held in the Heritage Council offices in Kilkenny on 25th January 2018.

This HTIF is being administered by the Heritage Council on behalf of the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as an element of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. It is hoped that the HTI will continue beyond 2018.

Key dates:
Further details on heritagecouncil.ie from 15th January 2018
Workshop for local authorities 25th January 2018
Closing date for applications 22nd February 2018