Cork North West Fine Gael General Election candidate Councillor John Paul O’Shea is encouraging communities to apply for grant funding through the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Historic Structure Fund 2020.
Cork County Council, in conjunction with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, is inviting application for the Scheme, which relates to building that are contained in the Record of Protected Structures and in Architectural Conservation Areas.
The Built Heritage Investment Scheme funding ranges from a minimum of €2,500 to a maximum of €15,000 per application. This scheme will support small-scale conservation projects and support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople and trades-persons in the repair of the historic built environment.
The Historic Structures Fund replaces the previous Structures at Risk Fund and will have two Streams: Stream 1 will offer grants from €15,000 up to €50,000 and is aimed at essential repairs and smaller capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of heritage structures. Stream 2 will offer a small number of grants from €50,000 up to €200,000 for larger enhancement, refurbishment or reuse projects involving heritage structures, where a clear community or public benefit has been demonstrated.
Cllr. O’Shea said: “This is a very worthwhile Scheme and there are significant amounts of funding available for groups and individuals that wish to carry out conservation and refurbishment projects in their communities. Anyone interested in learning more about this Scheme or who would like a copy of the application forms may contact my office on 029-51363.”
Applications, which must be made in hard copy, are to be addressed to the Built Heritage Investment Scheme or Historic Structure Fund, Conservation Office, Floor 3, Planning Department, County Hall, Cork. The deadline for submission of completed applications is 4pm on Thursda
Application forms are available at the following link https://www.corkcoco.ie/