SIXTEEN Donegal heritage projects have been awarded funding for maintenance.
Minister of State for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan TD, announced that 556 heritage projects across the country will benefit from a total of €4.5m under this year’s Built Heritage Investment Scheme. Of that €184,679 is on its way to Donegal.
The scheme assists owners of heritage structures to meet their obligations to care for their properties by providing match-funded grants of up to €15,000 for standard projects.
The scheme is not limited to private dwellings but also provides assistance to a wide range of other important heritage structures.
This year’s Built Heritage Scheme includes awards to a number of local historic structures – Cavanacor House, Ballindrait, Tirconnell Street in Donegal Town, St Mary’s Church in Ramelton, Glencolmcille Folk Village and Bayview Terrace.
Also included under this year’s scheme is funding of €500,000 for conservation repairs to eligible historic thatched structures with grants of up to €20,000 available through the scheme. Donegal has been awarded €79,369 for seven thatched structures.
Speaking about the announcement, Minister Noonan said, “It gives me great pleasure to announce this significant investment in our built heritage which will allow so many owners and custodians of historic and protected structures across the country to complete necessary works to maintain these structures and safeguard them for the benefit of future generations.
“I have always stressed the importance of supporting our communities in their efforts to repair, preserve and restore our built heritage.
“This funding represents a 12.5 per cent increase on last year’s funding and underlines this Government’s continuing commitment to protect and preserve our built environment in line with the goals set out in Heritage Ireland 2030.”
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