GLAS traditional farm building scheme is now open for applications
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.