€1.3 million fund to support Ireland’s heritage

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The Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2021 is now OPEN for applications.

A Heritage Council grant scheme - which led to the discovery of historic Jack B Yeats paintings – has received a major funding boost. Funding for the Community Heritage Grant Scheme will total €1.3million in 2021.

The Council is now accepting applications from community groups and not for profit organisations around the country. Finance is specifically available for improving the management and maintenance of heritage collections, objects and buildings. Money will also be spent supporting capital projects which improve access and inclusion actions at heritage sites.

In particular, the Council is anxious to hear from groups who want to improve access to heritage for people with disabilities. Funds are also available for projects which explore the heritage of minorities, including newly arrived immigrants, and the Traveller community.

The Scheme will also help protect natural habitats.

Last year, the Model Arts Centre in Sligo received €13,000 for the conservation of nine Jack B Yeats model boats, a wooden travelling case, and watercolour drawings. It led to the landmark discovery of two original watercolour drawings by the artist inside the wooden travelling case. Several prints were also discovered, including one of a John B Yeats drawing of his son Jack from 1875, when the artist was a four-year-old.

Closing date for applications for this round of funding is Monday 29th March 2021. Projects must be completed by early October 2021.

Virginia Teehan, Chief Executive of the Heritage Council, said: “Each year we receive a diverse range of applications, which are a testament to the vibrancy of the heritage sector.

“I’m especially pleased that the benefits of the money allocated is tangible in various locations across Ireland.”

Full details on the Community Grant Scheme 2021 are available here