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Thursday 16 August 2018

GLAS traditional farm building scheme is now open for applications

Grants for works on traditional farm buildings are now open
Grants for works on traditional farm buildings are now open
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

The Minister for Agriculture has announced that the GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme is open.

The Scheme has generated a lot of interest among farmers and builds on the success of a similar scheme under  REPS4 (2007-2013) which saw  over 350 buildings nationwide restored.

Speaking about the announcement Minister Creed said  he was delighted to secure €1m in the Budget for the scheme which he said will make a huge contribution to preservation of our rural heritage and the enhancement of the rural landscape.

"These are beautiful structures, made of local materials by local craftsmen, and I think we are all learning to appreciate the importance of this part of our heritage”.

The Scheme is jointly funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine and the European Union, and is administered on behalf of the Department by the Heritage Council.

The financial allocation to the Scheme is €6mi for the lifetime of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme. All applications are assessed individually to identify the best and highest priority projects. 

The grants available range between €4,000 and €25,000 and can cover up to 75pc of the cost of the works. Eligible applicants for the scheme are chosen on a competitive basis and around 50 to 70 projects will be supported each year.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday, November 18, 2017.

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The maximum grant available is circa €25,000 while the smallest grant available is €4,000.

Key details

  • 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.

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