26.05.11 Minister Deenihan invites applications for funding for Architectural and Archaeological Heritage Projects.

Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has today (26th May 2011) issued an invitation for applications from bodies, such as charities, academic institutions, local authorities, and professional organisations, for funding from the Environment Fund for good quality projects which will support and complement national policies in relation to the architectural and archaeological heritage.
Suggested Project Themes include initiatives such as:
·         Defined research, surveys, reviews or specific initiatives including those that could contribute to architectural or archaeological policy development;


·         Promoting an increased appreciation and public awareness of Ireland’s rich and unique architectural or archaeological heritage (educational initiatives, exhibitions, conferences, lectures etc.);


·         Increasing an awareness and public understanding (local or national) of the challenges confronting the architectural or archaeological heritage; and


·         Small scale archaeological preservation projects, under professional guidance.


Minister Deenihan said “The previous scheme approved some 31 projects in total ranging from Muckross Conservation Bookbinding to Tihilly Early Christian Site conservation and Management plan. In particular, I would like to see applications from local community organisations. Many people today have additional time on their hands and can take a more active role in their communities. The overall level of funding available to be distributed amongst all eligible projects in 2011 will be €300,000.”

Applications may be submitted for funding for projects that will extend into 2012. Depending on the level of funding available, applications for funding may also be invited in 2012.

Financial assistance from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (‘the Department’) may not exceed 80% of the final eligible project costs. The (minimum 20%) match funding proposed by the applicant may include personnel time invested and/or other financial resources.

Further information is available on request from builtheritage@environ.ie.

The closing date for receipt of applications by the Department is 3pm on Wednesday 22nd June 2011



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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