Up to €4m available for heritage projects under new rounds of Heritage Council funding schemes

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The Heritage Council is now accepting applications to a number of its funding schemes, offering up to €4m to support heritage-related projects across the country.

The four schemes are:

Heritage Capacity Fund:

Up to €1m will be allocated in 2023 to this scheme, which aims to foster a stronger heritage sector through the support and development of organisations that provide vital heritage services to communities and professions. The scheme is open to not-for-profit, non-governmental organisations with a demonstrated national relevance working in the heritage sector in Ireland. Grants of up to €60,0000 will be made available to organisations to support their operational costs. The deadline for applications to this scheme is 16th January 2023 at 5pm.

Heritage Stewardship Scheme:

Up to €500,000 will be allocated in 2023 to this scheme. Running for the first time in 2022, the scheme supports the work of staff with responsibilities for heritage programmes in State agencies, local authorities and third-level institutions. This includes stewardship of and access to collections, archives, buildings, monuments, and habitats. The deadline for applications to this scheme is 16th January 2023 at 5pm.

Historic Towns Initiative:

In support of the Town Centre First: a policy approach for Irish towns (2022), the Historic Towns Initiative (HTI) is a joint undertaking by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and the Heritage Council, which aims to promote the heritage-led regeneration of Ireland’s historic towns. It has been in operation since 2018 and has supported heritage-led regeneration projects in 27 towns across the country since then. The initiative, administered by the Heritage Council, is open to local authorities only. Up to €2m will be awarded to a number of historic towns for heritage-led urban regeneration projects in 2023. The deadline for applications is 2nd February 2023 at 5pm.

City and County Heritage Plan Funding:

Since the local authority Heritage Officer Programme started in 1999, the Heritage Council has provided annual support for projects in each county that have been identified within County Heritage Plans or through the County Heritage Forum. Up to €37,500 will be available to each local authority with a heritage officer in 2023, with additional funding of up to €20,000 towards a Community Archaeologist Programme in seven counties. This scheme is open to local authorities only. The deadline for applications is 23rd January 2023 at 5pm.

Commenting, Chief Executive of the Heritage Council, Virginia Teehan said: “We are delighted to be able to make this significant level of funding available to groups and local authorities across the county to support their work in conserving, preserving, and promoting our heritage.

These schemes are always well subscribed, and I look forward to seeing the applications that arise.”

Minister for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan TD added: “Heritage is such a valuable resource for Ireland, and it is important that it is looked after and celebrated. I am very pleased that my department is once again working with the Heritage Council on the Historic Towns Initiative, which is an important programme in promoting heritage-led urban regeneration. In enabling the conservation and preservation of elements of our historic towns, the HTI makes them more accessible and attractive for local people and tourists, and restores them as vibrant and appealing places to live.”

Applications for all schemes must be submitted through the Heritage Council’s online grants system - Online Grants System - Heritage Council. Visit the funding section of our website for further details on the schemes.