first_imgThe Heritage Council is inviting applications to the Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme 2015 across Co Donegal.The Maghery Heritage Group was awarded funding from The Heritage Council under its grants scheme in 2014 for the repair of the Templecrone graveyard boundary wall in Maghery and for a survey to record graveyard inscriptions.The purpose of the grants scheme is to support community-based projects that raise awareness of heritage or research or enhance, through good management practice, the heritage of towns, villages and landscapes.Grant applications must be submitted using the Heritage Council’s on-line application system at HYPERLINK “” before 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2015. “The Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme is a very important source of funding for heritage initiatives in County Donegal,” said Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer.“In 2014, The Heritage Council provided €58,500 in funding for thirteen heritage initiatives in County Donegal. The announcement that €600,000 will be made available nationally in 2015 for the Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme is most welcome and goes some way to providing much needed support for heritage initiatives in the county.“Eligible projects that can be considered under the scheme include the preparation of conservation reports/plans; community-led research on placenames, field names, oral history and oral heritage; conservation specifications for the repair of structures or buildings; minor repairs to heritage buildings and structures at risk; conservation of heritage collections, objects and documents (in particular objects or documents that relate directly to the period 1916-1922 are encouraged); conservation or management of a wildlife site; support for community-based publications, websites and interpretative material; and heritage seminars and events.”Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, said that support for heritage projects has a very positive impact on local communities, where so much time and energy is given to conserving heritage projects on a voluntary basis. “As well as delivering conservation benefits for heritage in the long term, this scheme will also help to support building and conservation jobs at a local level. I have a huge appreciation for the value of protecting and promoting our heritage. It is expected that this scheme will fund up to 100 projects nationally, and I have no doubt that it will make a huge difference to the individual heritage projects which benefit.”Between 2006 and 2014, heritage initiatives in County Donegal received over €1 million in funding from The Heritage Council.The Heritage Council considers applications in the fields of national heritage specified in the Heritage Act 1995.This includes monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens, and parks and inland waterways.Please note the scheme does not cover the creation of new memorials; the erection of plaques; directional or promotional signage; amenity landscaping; postgraduate research; projects to carry out any part of any public sector body’s statutory or core responsibilities; archaeological excavations or post-excavation analysis and reporting. Applicants compete with applicants from all over the country. Grants of up to a maximum of €7,500 can be awarded. The grants usually cover between 30% and 50% of the cost of the work but, in exceptional cases, this can be up to 75%.  Applications to the Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme can only be made using the on-line application system on the Heritage Council website prior to the March 20, 2015 deadline.Further information on the grant scheme is available by contacting The Heritage Council in Kilkenny on (056) 777 0777 or at  Advice on applications is also available from the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council on (074) 917 2576.ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FUNDING FOR HERITAGE SCHEMES IN DONEGAL? was last modified: February 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalHeritage Grantslast_img read more

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