Heritage Council funding available in 2017

The Heritage Council is offering three grant schemes in 2017. An outline of the grant schemes is available now, to give groups more time to plan projects. The full application forms will be available online from March 1st 2017. You must submit your application online (including supporting documents) by 5pm on March 24th 2017.

Schemes available are:
  1. Community Heritage Grants Scheme
  2. Grant Scheme for Museum Standards Programme of Ireland Participants (MSPI)
  3. Thatch Conservation Grant Scheme

16th Century Map of Fort Protector

16th Century Map of Fort Protector. A Conservation Plan for the fort at the historic centre of Portlaoise was supported by the Heritage Council in 2016

Guidelines for Applicants

Broadly speaking, the information required is:
  • A clear description of your project
  • How you believe the project will benefit heritage and people and your local community
  • A breakdown of the costs associated with the project
  • Documents such as maps, photographs, diagrams or drawings for example, will usually be required for projects.

Getting Started

If you have an idea for a project, please contact us for information and advice. The national network of Heritage Officers has a great depth of expertise, knowledge ‒ and interest ‒ and will be happy to provide guidance and help in identifying useful resources that might help with your application. A full list of Heritage Officers is here.
Have a look at previously funded projects, to get an idea of the type of project likely to be successful. Bear in mind however that the criteria may change slightly from year to year. The full criteria for this year’s Community Grant Scheme, including which project types are excluded, are here.
Lea Castle Portarlington Laois

The Lea Castle Conservation Group received Heritage Council funding for geophysical research around the medieval site in 2016. Picture: Alf Harvey

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