18/12/13

18/12/2013 – Minister Deenihan launches new €5 million Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme

  • €5 million public funding to be matched with €5 million from private sources
  • Scheme aims to have major positive impact on national stock of heritage buildings, whilst supporting employment in all parts of Ireland

Wednesday, December 18th – The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD, has launched a new fund of €5 million – the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme – for the repair and conservation of protected structures.

This fund will support a significant number of projects on protected buildings across the country, and will generate employment in the conservation and construction industries and specialist trades.

The Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme will 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 is today announcing the allocation that will go to each local authority.

Minister Deenihan commented:

“There are about 50,000 protected structures in Ireland. Thousands of people live in historic buildings. Therefore, I am pleased to announce such a significant investment in Ireland’s built heritage.

“Our historic built environment contributes to the vitality of our cities, towns, villages and countryside. It add to our tourism product. And, it also makes a significant contribution to economic prosperity by providing direct and indirect employment in specialist construction and conservation work. 

“This scheme is a major financial boost for heritage structures. The €5 million in public funds is designed to be matched by a further €5 million from private sources, making a real and positive impact on protected buildings across Ireland whilst also generating employment in the construction and skilled crafts and trades.

“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.”

Details of the operation of the scheme, and the allocations being made to each local authority, are below.

Allocation of Funding under BHJLS 2014

Local Authority

Number of Structures on RPS

Pop 2011

Allocation

Carlow County Council

665

55000

€100,000

Cavan County Council

423

73000

€87,000

Clare County Council

848

117000

€121,000

Cork County Council

2869

400000

€290,000

Cork City Council

1141

119000

€140,000

DLRD County Council

2070

206000

€211,000

Donegal County Council

419

161000

€100,000

Dublin City Council

8914

528000

€692,000

Fingal County Council

793

274000

€140,000

Galway County Council

812

175000

€127,000

Galway City Council

586

76000

€98,000

Kerry County Council

1173

146000

€146,000

Kildare County Council

1297

210000

€163,000

Kilkenny County Council

1150

95000

€137,000

Laois County Council

927

81000

€121,000

Leitrim County Council

302

32000

€71,000

Limerick County Council

1595

135000

€171,000

Limerick City Council

435

57000

€86,000

Longford County Council

536

39000

€90,000

Louth County Council

1486

123000

€162,000

Mayo County Council

545

131000

€103,000

Meath County Council

1422

184000

€167,000

Monaghan County Council

646

60000

€100,000

Offaly County Council

1413

77000

€151,000

Roscommon County Council

568

64000

€95,000

Sligo County Council

699

65000

€104,000

South Dublin County Council

544

265000

€123,000

Tipperary North County Council

1267

70000

€141,000

Tipperary South County Council

1232

88000

€141,000

Waterford County Council

932

67000

€119,000

Waterford City Council

922

47000

€115,000

Westmeath County Council

722

86000

€108,000

Wexford County Council

1417

145000

€161,000

Wicklow County Council

780

137000

€119,000

 

41550

4588000

€5,000,000

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