Historic Towns Initiative 2020 launched

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Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, TD, today – 28 November 2019 - launched the 2020 Historic Towns Initiative, providing €1 million in funding for heritage-led regeneration in our historic towns.

The Historic Towns Initiative (HTI) 2020 is a joint undertaking by the Department and the Heritage Council. It builds upon the successful HTI 2018 and 2019 projects, which together funded conservation-led projects in twelve towns across the country.

The following projects were funded in 2019; Letterkenny, County Donegal, Kilrush, County Clare, Boyle, County Roscommon, Navan, County Meath, Nenagh, County Tipperary and Ballina, County Mayo.

Making the announcement, Minister Madigan said: ‘I am delighted to launch another year of the Historic Towns Initiative, which will support the regeneration of even more Irish historic towns. This Initiative will make €1 million available to a number of towns which will in turn help drive investment and renewal.’

Heritage-led regeneration can breathe new life into a town, helping to provide an attractive environment where people can live and work. The renewed vibrancy in the heart of a town brings its own economic benefits as footfall and visitor numbers increases and new light shines into once-vacant commercial and residential premises.

Commenting on the Historic Towns Initiative, Chairman of the Heritage Council, Mr Michael Parsons said: ‘Programmes such as this rely on the strength of local communities and businesses in caring for their historic town. With support from local and national government we can use heritage to improve the quality of life for all in our historic towns.’

A town seeking to benefit from the Historic Towns Initiative should possess significant cultural and heritage assets and have an indicative minimum population of 1,500 inhabitants.

The HTI 2020 is open for applications from local authorities from 5 December 2019. Funding applications must be submitted via the Heritage Council’s online grants system. The closing date is 7 February 2020.

The Heritage Council will host a workshop for local authority personnel interested in applying for the HTI 2020 in its offices in Kilkenny on 10 January 2020.

For more information about the Historic Towns Initiative visit http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/historic-towns-grant-scheme