14/01/14

14/01/2014: Reminder of deadline for applications for Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme 2014

Tuesday – January 14th 2014: – Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has reminded members of the public of the approaching deadline for the submission of applications to local authorities under the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme 2014.

The deadline for receipt of applications has been set by each local authority individually but must be no later than 14 February, 2014 under the terms of the scheme. The Minister has advised all potential applicants to contact their local authority as soon as possible for further details.

The Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme, with a fund of €5million in 2014, is being made available for the repair and conservation of protected structures and is the most significant investment in the country’s built heritage in recent years.

This fund will support a large number of projects across the country and employment in the conservation and construction industries, and will also encourage the investment of private capital through the provision of matching public funds in a large number of small-scale, labour-intensive projects across Ireland.

The aim of projects will be to repair and conserve historic structures while supporting the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftworkers and tradespeople. Funding awards made under the scheme will be between €2,500 and €15,000 with applicants matching in full the grants being awarded.

Minister Deenihan commented: “There are about 50,000 protected structures in Ireland. During the crisis, built heritage lost more than 90% of its budget. This allocation of €5 million from the National Lottery sale is an absolutely crucial investment in our heritage buildings. I want this scheme to leverage significant private investment to deliver a much-needed boost for heritage buildings, and for jobs in construction and skilled crafts and trades.  I would encourage members of the public to make contact with their local authorities to enquire about the scheme, and to ensure that they make applications before the closing date.”

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Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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