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Heritage Funding opportunities:

Historic Structures Fund
Carlow County Council in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage are inviting application for the Historic Structures Fund 2022. All applications are advised to read the circular outlining the details of the scheme and the closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Thursday 27th January 2022.

The Historic Structures Fund 2022 is designed to help the owners and custodians of historic structures to safeguard them into the future. The fund is designed to deal with conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the broader benefit of communities and the public. The fund is structured as:

Stream 1 – Grants for essential repairs and smaller capital works for the refurbishment works and conservation of heritage structures (€15,000-€50,000)

Stream 1 (sub-stream) – Historic Shopfronts sub-stream to incentivise the conservation of historic shopfronts. Local Authorities are also invited to make an additional application for Irish-language shopfronts.

Stream 2- small number of grants from €50,000 up to €200,000 for larger enhancement, refurbishment or reuse projects involving heritage structures, where: a. A clear community or public benefit has been demonstrated, or b. A clear residential benefit has been demonstrated (such projects must be advanced through the planning process as necessary)

Vernacular Structures Stream – In the context of the forthcoming strategy for built vernacular, the pilot stream for vernacular structures introduced in 2021 will be retained, with funding of €50,000. The purpose of the stream is to support conservation repairs and small capital works to vernacular structures that are not listed in local authority Records of Protected Structures or otherwise legally protected.

The HSF qualifying structures: Structures in the Record of Protected Structures; Structures eligible for/ proposed for inclusion in the Record of Protected Structures; Structures within Architectural Conservation Areas (ACA’s) or within the amenity of a National Monument (in exceptional circumstances).

Historic Structures Fund 2022 Circular (click to download)

Historic Structures Fund 2022 Application Form A (click to download)

Queries in relation to this grant scheme should be addressed to esullivan@carlowcoco.ie

Built Heritage Investment Scheme
Carlow County Council in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage are inviting application for the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2022. All applications are advised to read the circular outlining the details of the scheme and the closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Thursday 27th January 2022.

Built Heritage Investment Scheme is designed as a support to owners and custodians in caring for our built heritage and ensuring that it is protected into the future. The fund is designed to assist with the repair and conservation of structures that are protected under the Planning and Development Acts. In certain cases, the scheme also supports the conservation of structures within Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs) where, in the opinion of the local authority, a need for works to enhance the character and appearance of an ACA has been demonstrated. The primary purpose of the scheme is to support privately owned properties in need of repair and conservation.

Eligible Structures: Protected structures (RPS); Proposed Protected Structures; Structure in Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs), or within the amenity of a National Monument, where exceptional circumstances are deemed by the Department to apply.

BHIS 2022 Circular (click to download)

BHIS 2022 Application Form (click to download)

Queries in relation to this grant scheme should be addressed to esullivan@carlowcoco.ie

Community Monuments Fund 2022:

Applications are invited for the Community Monuments Fund 2022 (CMF 2022)
The aim of the Community Monuments Fund are the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of archaeological monuments. The grants available in 2022 will help custodians and owners of archaeological monuments safeguard them into the future for the benefit of local communities and the visiting public.

The CMF 2022 fund will enable conservation works to be carried out on monuments which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support; build resilience on our monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change and encourage access to monuments and improve their presentation. In addition, they will provide support for heritage professionals and job opportunities in building conservation and other traditional skills.

Funds are available through 3 streams:

Stream 1 – for essential repairs and capital works for the conservation and repair of archaeological monuments (grants offered up to €85,000).
Stream 2 – for development of Conservation Management Plans/ Reports to identify necessary measures for the conservation of archaeological monuments and any issues requiring further attention (grants offered up to €30,000).
Stream 3 – for enhance of access infrastructure and interpretation at archaeological monuments, including development of virtual/online interpretative material (grants offered up to €30,000).

The CMF provides funding for projects in relation to:
• Archaeological Monuments that are included in the Record of Monuments and Places (RMP) under the National Monuments Act 1930 (as amended).
• Archaeological Monuments that are identified in the Sites and Monuments Record compiled by the National Monuments Service.

Eligible projects will be drawn from the following categories:
• Projects proposed by a Local Authority in relation to archaeological monuments in public ownership, where a clear heritage focus and community or public benefit has been demonstrated.
• Projects proposed by a Local Authority on foot of application from private applicants who are the owners or custodians of relevant archaeological monuments where these is a tangible public benefit.
• Projects with a clearly defined heritage focus and community or public benefit proposed directly to the Department by a State-funded organisation working in the heritage area.

Full details and application forms are available below:
CMF 2022: Circular (English) – (click to download)
CMF 2022: Application form (English) – (click to download)
CMF 2022: Circular (Irish) – (click to download)
CMF 2022: Application form (Irish) – (click to download)

Applications by private owners or community groups for funding under the CMF 2022 must be made to the Heritage Office, Carlow County Council, Presentation Building, Tullow Street, Carlow by 15th February 2022.

Bringing Carlow’s cultural heritage into a digital format:

The Heritage Office would like to thank Creative Ireland Carlow for the opportunity to implement a short pilot project aimed at raising community awareness of the value of non-destructive 3D scanning for the recording and interpretation of tangible heritage objects.

The project will identify three suitable pieces of stone, shaped by human hands and imbued with different meaning at the time of production. Two of the pieces will be of cut stone dating to the medieval period and one panel of rock art dating to the prehistoric period.

Methodology:
The pieces of cut stone deserve attention, as they are exposed to the elements in a time of increasing climate change that has effects Carlow’s built heritage as per the Built Heritage Climate Adaptation plan. The 3D scans are non-invasive and non-destructive and offer an opportunity to display important pieces of tangible heritage through an online platform, making it accessible to a worldwide community of creative artists, trans-disciplinary researchers and local communities.
The three pieces of cut stone, will be laser scanned by Gary Dempsey (Digital Heritage Age) who’ll furnish Carlow County Council with three digital scans in a suitable format for use of social media platforms and archival purposes. It is intended that the scans will be made publicly available for researchers and interested groups to avail of. All images will be credited to Creative Ireland and Carlow County Council.

Heritage benefit:
The project will result in the creation of both 3D and 2D records of pieces of worked stone that form an important part in the story of the cultural heritage of Carlow through the millennia. The information will be readily available through digital platforms and offer the opportunity to be incorporated into the County Museum. The scans will be of interest to creative artists working in the area of meaning imbued in material culture.

Queries:
Dr. Eoin Sullivan (Heritage Officer)
Email: esullivan@carlowcoco.ie