The Appeals Process

Information on procedures to follow if appealing a Heritage Council Grants Scheme funding decision.

Submitting an Appeal

If after having discussed the matter with a Heritage Council member of staff you still wish to appeal a funding decision, you must write to the Chief Executive of the Heritage Council within eight working weeks from the date of the letter of notification. The letter of appeal must state:

  • the grounds on which you believe your application was not properly dealt with or assessed;
  • specific reasons or evidence you may have to support your appeal.

Send your letter of appeal to:
Virginia Teehan, Chief Executive by email to

If you wish to post your letter please send to
Virginia Teehan, Chief Executive, The Heritage Council, Church Lane, Kilkenny.

Validity of Appeal

On receipt, your appeal request will be checked to ensure it falls within the scope of the appeals procedure and that sufficient grounds for the appeal have been detailed. You will receive a written acknowledgment from the Chief Executive or from a person delegated to represent the Chief Executive Officer in his absence, noting the outcome of the validity check within three working days. Invalid appeals will be rejected at this stage of the process.

Appeal Review Process

Within twenty working days of receiving a valid appeal request, the appeal will be considered by the Chief Executive and the Chairperson of the Heritage Council. Their decision will be binding and will not be subject to any further appeals. Their conclusions and recommendations will be communicated to the applicant within seven working days of their decision. Where any delay is anticipated, we will inform the applicant in writing of the extended timescale.

Note: A decision in favour of the applicant does not automatically provide for the awarding of funding or additional funding to replace or supplement the original decision that has been appealed. The possibility of securing funds subsequent to an appeal will be dependent on The Heritage Council’s own financial position.

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