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Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme

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An annual grants scheme for the conservation and repair of traditional farm buildings and related structures.

An annual grants scheme for the conservation and repair of traditional farm buildings and related structures.

Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme

The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, manages the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme. The principal objective of this scheme is to ensure that traditional farm buildings and other related structures that contribute to the character of the landscape and are of significant heritage value are conserved for active agricultural use.

The 2024 Traditional Farm Buildings grant scheme closed for applications on 27th March 2024.  Applications will not be accepted after this time. Applicants will be informed in writing, whether their application is successful or not in May 2024.

Who was eligible to apply for this scheme in 2024?

The Scheme was only open to farmers participating in and accepted into the following Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine schemes:

  1. Approved participants in ACRES. The Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine have confirmed those awaiting confirmation on their ACRES application can apply pending approval.
  2. Participants in EIP (European Innovation Partnership) Calls 1, 2 and 3, Hen Harrier and Pearl Mussel Projects and The Burren Programme who were an active participant as of 31st December 2022 or had completed the full term of the contract for the relevant EIP, or have completed a five-year contract, as appropriate.
  3. Approved participants of the Organic Farming Scheme

    and

    Are the owner of the building/other related structure for which funding is sought or are acting with the permission of the owner (in which case the owner must provide consent).

What works are funded under this scheme

The grant is available for the conservation of traditional farm outbuildings, including roof, walls, structural repairs, windows and doors. The grant is also available for other related farm structures including historic yard surfaces, walls, gate pillars and gates.

The key conservation principle of minimum intervention applies, that is, carrying out a repair to fix what is wrong but not setting out to do too much work. Works which are, in the opinion of the Heritage Council, restoration works, are very unlikely to be supported with grant aid. The process is highly competitive and it is expected that 70-80 projects will be supported this year.

The Grant Amount

In 2024 grant amounts varied between €4,000 and €30,000. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine makes all grant payments on this scheme following certification by the Heritage Council. A grant award will not be for more than 75% of the cost of the works with a maximum available grant of €30,000. Please note some grants will be for less than 75% of the cost of the approved works.

Scheme Documentation

This scheme is now closed but you can view the most recent information pack below.

Information Webinar 2024

Own Labour

If you propose to carry out some or part of the approved conservation repairs yourself, please find here the own labour timesheet to be used

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Below is an advice note on sourcing a conservation consultant:

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If you need to carry out a bat/bird survey below are details of the wildlife panel:

Please click on the RESOURCES tab above where you will find short films and presentations on different projects supported under the scheme over the years.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine recently commissioned an evaluation of the scheme. You can read this report below.

Sourcing a Conservation Consultant

Below is an advice note on sourcing a conservation consultant:

Wildlife Panel

If you need to carry out a bat/bird survey below are details of the wildlife panel:

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