The Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Mr Malcolm Noonan, TD, today announced the approval of grants for a wide range of heritage projects under the July Jobs Stimulus package. The funding will support 71 heritage projects across 30 Local Authorities under a new Community Monuments Fund.
The objective of July Jobs Stimulus is to offset some of the effects of Covid-19 by revitalising the economy, providing protection for small businesses and getting people back to work. The Community Monuments Fund has been established as part of the €1.4m in additional capital earmarked for national monuments under the Stimulus Plan.
The core objective of the Community Monuments Fund is to support the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites. It contains a number of different measures aimed at enabling conservation works to be carried out on monuments which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support, encouraging access to monuments and improving their presentation and also building resilience in monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change.
The Community Monuments Fund is investing essential capital in our valuable archaeological heritage to help owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public and to stimulate local employment and economic activity.
Speaking today, Minister Noonan said:
“I am delighted to announce this investment as part of the July Jobs Stimulus to support those working to care for our heritage and to ensure the protection and promotion of our archaeological and built heritage. The funding will progress heritage projects across the country, ensuring that heritage is protected as a community asset and made more accessible. This measure will also allow steps to be taken under the Climate Change Action Plan in relation to our archaeological heritage and will create employment for many small businesses, skilled conservation specialists and tradespeople involved in heritage-related construction activity. “
Funding will be used to carry out conservation works at monuments in local authority care, as well as providing support to a number of community led projects, including those aimed at the care of historic graveyards.
A full list of the projects being funded is set out below and can also be found on the Department’s website here.
Minister Noonan continued: “I want to thank the local authorities for their enthusiastic response to the new Fund and for drawing up a wide range of suitable projects in record time. I would also like to acknowledge the dedication of private owners in their custodianship of a significant share of our archaeological heritage. This heritage is so important, especially in these challenging times, in providing recreation, comfort and a sense of well-being to communities across the land and I am delighted to be able to provide this support through the Community Monument Fund.
Notes for Editors
What is the Scheme?
Under the Jobs Stimulus Package in July, Minister Noonan announced an allocation of €1.4m for expenditure in 2020 on improvements to national monuments, including the establishment of a new Community Monuments Fund.
The main aims of the Community Monuments Fund are the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites. It has a number of funding streams aimed at enabling conservation works to be carried out on monuments which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support, encouraging access to monuments and improve their presentation and also to build resilience in monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change.
The Community Monuments Fund will invest essential capital in our valuable archaeological heritage and help owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public. The fund will, in turn, deliver a considerable boost to local employment.
The fund is administered by the National Monuments Service of the Department through the Local Authorities.
What are Grants Available for?
The Community Monuments Fund has 3 Streams:
Grants up to €100,000 for essential repairs and capital works for the conservation of archaeological monuments.
100% of eligible costs
Grants of up to €30,000 for development of Conservation Management Plans/Reports aimed at identifying measures for conservation of monuments and improved public access.
100% of eligible costs
Grants of up to €30,000 for enhancement of access infrastructure and interpretation at archaeological monuments (including COVID 19 protection measures)
100% of eligible costs
Who Could Apply?
The Community Monuments Fund provides capital funding for projects involving:
(i) Monuments that are included in the Record of Monuments and Places (RMP) under the National Monuments Act 1930 (as amended).
(ii) Monuments included in the Sites and Monuments Record (SMR) as compiled by the National Monuments Service.
Eligible projects were drawn from the following categories:
a) projects proposed by a Local Authority in relation to monuments in public ownership where a clear heritage focus and community or public benefit has been demonstrated;
b) projects proposed by a Local Authority on foot of applications from private applicants who are the owners or custodians of monuments;
c) Relevant projects identified within County Heritage Plans.
Local Authorities could submit applications for works to monuments in public ownership directly to the Department. Private applicants or community groups, who are the owners or custodians of monuments, were asked to submit applications through their Local Authorities.
What has been approved?
Value of applications Awarded
The list of approved projects is below:
Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan
Templebreedy Church, Crosshaven
Camden Fort, meagher
St Finn Barre's Cathedral
St Patricks Cathedral
Drumanagh privy (Martello Tower), Fingal
Spanish Arch and Wall Walk
Johnstown Church, Palmerstown
Kilkenny City Walls
Killabban Medieval Church
Drogheda’s Town wall
Old Killeen Graveyard, Attymas
Drumcullen Medieval Church, Kinnity
Rahara Medieval Church
Owen O’Conor Mausoleum, Ballintober
Ballynaglogh Abbey, Ballymote
Pallas Church, Dorrha
Athlone Town Wall
Williamstown Martello Tower, Blackrock
St Muras Cross Slab, Fahan
Killydonnell Friary & Historic Graveyard,
Martello Towers, Drumanagh & Skerries
St Marnocks & St Catherines Churches Portmarnock and Rush
Kilclooney Tower House, Milltown
Kilshanig Church, Castlegregory
Whites Castle, Athy
Dysart Gallen Church, Ballinakill
Knock windmill , Lanesborough
Abbeyshrule Abbey Tower house
Kill Abbey, Shrule
Beaubec, Bey More
Dulane Church, kells
Errigal Trough Church
Blundall Castle, Edenderry
St Brendans Church, Birr
Elphin Cathedral Conservation
Carney Castle, Nenagh
Kilmolash, Knockboy and Kilronan Churches
Dysert Medieval church & St. Declan’s Holy Well, Ardmore
Fore Gaol, Fore
Ballinree, Killoughterane & St. Mullins
Carigaholt Castle, Rinemacaderrig
Elizabeth Fort, Cork City
Historic Graveyards, Dun Laoghaire
Three Castles (Tirellen, Menlough, Merlin)
Ballinastack Megalithic Tomb & Childrens' Burial Ground
Killaclohane Portal Tomb, Milltown
Medieval Mile Museum
Lea Graveyard, Portarlington
Kilmovee Heritage Trail
Queen Meabhs Trail, Knocknarea
Monastic Site, Emly
Hill of Uisneach