Funding Advice Centre
- Can I get funding for my heritage project from Louth Local Authorities?
- Can I get funding for my forthcoming book on Louth's heritage?
- Can I get funding from Louth Local Authorities to help manage a graveyard?
- Can I get funding for my heritage project from the Heritage Council?
- Can I get funding to repair my house, my thatched roof, an old church?
Can I get funding for my heritage project from Louth Local Authorities?
Louth Local Authorities do not operate a community heritage grant scheme for voluntary groups. On a few occasions small payments have been made by the heritage office to support projects which help achieve the aims and objectives of the Louth heritage plan. These would include payments for interpretation materials (e.g. heritage or wildlife panels), for publications or for holding public heritage events. Please contact the heritage office if you have a similar project in mind that you think the heritage office might be interested in 'buying into'. However, please note that in light of the severe fiscal crisis, it is unlikely that there will be any funding available in 2011.
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Can I get funding for my forthcoming book on Louth's heritage?
See above and also the information on Heritage Council grants below. In previous years Louth County Council ran a grant scheme called 'PublishLouth'. It is unlikely that there will be any 'PublishLouth' grants available in 2011, due to the fiscal crisis.
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Can I get funding from Louth Local Authorities to help manage a graveyard?
The Environment Section of Louth County Council employs some caretakers and also provides occasional small grants to a few local, community-based groups to help them to manage local graveyards, burial grounds or cemeteries. Contact the Environment Section of LCC, or your local council in Drogheda or Dundalk to see if funding is available for your local cemetery.
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Can I get funding for my heritage project from the Heritage Council?
The Heritage Council runs an annual grant scheme, which is only open for application for around five weeks, in the late autumn (October into November), for projects taking place in the following year. The Heritage Council's budget for 2011 has been cut by 47%, following on from a 30% cut in 2010, based on the 2009 funding level. The Heritage Council will be offering few and reduced, if any, grants for 2011 and subsequent years. Click on the link below to open the grants page of the Heritage Council's website: Heritage Council website - grants section.
Heritage Council grants are available for projects under three themes: Currently these are:
- Heritage Research
- Heritage Management
- Heritage Education, Communty and Outreach
Can I get funding to repair my house, my thatched roof, an old church?
If you own a building which the elected members (the councillors) have added to the 'Record of Protected Structures' (RPS) in the relevant local (County or town) development plan, you may be able to get a conservation grant from Louth Local Authorities. Protected Structures are listed in either the county or the relevant town development plan. For further information, please contact either your local planning office or Angela Dullaghan at the Louth conservation office, on 042 932 4334 or by email at email@example.com. Grants are not normally available for buildings that are not listed on the RPS.
The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government runs a grant for owners of those thatched structures which are permanently lived in as primary dwellings (i.e. not pubs or holidays homes etc). For further details contact the Housing Grants Section, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Government Buildings, Ballina, Co. Mayo. Tel: 096 24200 or Locall 1890 305030 and ask for a HA2T Memorandum and the HA1/90 Application Form.
The 'Buildings at Risk' grant scheme
We are pleased to announce that the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has announced that it will have a small fund for its 'Buidlings at Risk' Grant Scheme in 2013. The Department will consider only two applications from each county, to be sent in by the county Conservation Officer. The deadline for applciations to Louth County Council is Friday 19th April. Please see the funding news section for more details of how to apply
Until 2009 the Heritage Council provided annual grants for heritage buildings that are at serious risk of deterioration or loss under its 'Buildings at Risk' grant scheme. There was no annual grant scheme for 2010, while the working of the scheme was being reviewed. Grants may be available for 2011, keep an eye on the Heritage Council's website for details. PLEASE NOTE that there is no possibility whatsoever of getting a retrospective grant for works already carried out!
Updated 3rd April 2013
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