Is there support for 'doing up' old farm buildings if you’re not in GLAS?
The Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme seeks to ensure that small traditional farm buildings and structures are restored and conserved.
The scheme, which is as the result of a partnership between The Heritage Council and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, offers grants of up to 75pc for approved conservation works to the exterior of farm outbuildings as well as associated structures such as historic yard surfaces, walls, and gates.
The maximum grant available is circa €25,000 while the smallest grant available is €4,000.
Unfortunately for some it is only available to farmers in the agriculture environment scheme GLAS.
However, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed said this week that while the Department has no similar scheme in respect of traditional farm buildings on non-GLAS farms, he is aware that The Heritage Council operate a broadly-based ‘Heritage Management Grant Scheme’ that is open to all, and which may provide some opportunities for non-GLAS farmers.
In addition, he highlighted that the Revenue Commissioners, in conjunction with the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, allow tax relief for expenditure on works of repair, maintenance or restoration to approved historic properties and gardens, which can be a very significant assistance to qualifying farms.
Meanwhile, the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, through the local authorities, also provide assistance for appropriate conservation work to eligible structures in respect of buildings contained on the Record of Protected Structures and in Architectural Conservation Areas.
Information on all these supports are freely available through the usual channels, including the various Government and local authority websites.