75pc grant to restore old farm buildings set to return later this year
A scheme which offers up to 75pc of grant aid to restore old farm buildings is set to re-open later this year.
The GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme is designed to provide assistance to those farmers in the agri-environmental scheme in conserving and securing Ireland’s traditional farm buildings.
Grant offers issued to over 80 successful applicants in May 2017 for works to be undertaken this year.
Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed confirmed this week that he plans to open a further tranche of the scheme later this year for works to be undertaken in 2018.
The Scheme is administered by the Heritage Council on behalf of his Department.
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.
- Grant award will not be for more than 75pc of the cost of the works with grant amounts varying from €4,000 to a maximum of €25,000.
- The grant is available for the conservation of traditional farm outbuildings, including roof, walls, structural repairs, windows and doors.
- The grant is also available for other related structures including historic yard surfaces, walls, gate pillars and gates.
- The process is highly competitive and it is expected that 50-70 projects will be supported in 2017.
- The emphasis is on essential repairs with restoration works having a low priority.
Since 2009 the scheme has invested in the conservation of over 200 traditional farm buildings making a significant contribution to the enhancement of the Irish countryside.
According to the Heritage Council, the farm buildings chosen play a positive role in the scenery of our country.
It says they are witness to our long-lasting relationship with the land, and are a part of who we are. If we lose these wonderful diverse buildings, our landscape will be all the duller.
Who can apply for this scheme?
The Scheme is only open to farmers who:
(i) Have a GLAS contract with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and who are approved for participation in the GLAS scheme; and
(ii) Are the owner of the building/other related structure for which funding is sought or are acting with the permission of the owner (in which case the owner must sign the application form).
Key details of the scheme are available here
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