Malcolm Noonan, T.D, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, has launched the 2021 Community Monuments Fund which will invest €2 million in the protection and promotion of archaeological heritage during 2021. The €2 million allocation is an increase of 75% on last year’s funding.
The grants available under the Community Monuments Fund will help custodians and owners of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of local communities and the visiting public. In addition, they will provide support for heritage professions and job opportunities in building conservation and other traditional skills.
Anne-Marie Ward, Heritage Officer with Cavan County Council is delighted with this years announcement and looks forward to working with the National Monuments Service on the Community Monument Fund 2021. Last year’s Community Monuments Fund enabled Moybologue Historical Group to carry out essential conservation works.
Applications by private owners and community groups for funding under the Community Monuments Fund must be made to Cavan County Council by April 12th.
The Community Monuments Fund was first established as part of the 2020 July Jobs Stimulus introduced in response to the Covid emergency. In 2020, some 71 heritage projects were funded to the value of €1.15 million. It is anticipated that that the 2021 programme being run by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage’s National Monuments Service will support more than 120 projects across the country.
The core aims of the Community Monuments Fund are the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of archaeological monuments. Funding is available for:
· conservation works to monuments which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support,
· works to improve access to and presentation of monuments, and
· building resilience into monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change.
Funding is available in three streams.
· Stream 1 for essential repairs and conservation works at archaeological monuments.
· Stream 2 for development of Conservation Management Plans/Reports to identify necessary conservation measures and any issues requiring future attention.
· Stream 3 for enhancement of access infrastructure and interpretation at archaeological monuments, including development of online interpretative material.
Minister of State with responsibility for Heritage Malcolm Noonan TD said “We have a responsibility towards our heritage and to those who care for it. When we established the Community Monuments Fund in 2020, we did so with the objective of supporting the heritage sector and providing an effective way of assisting Local Authorities and custodians in protecting Ireland’s remarkable yet vulnerable archaeological heritage.
“With the excellent partnership between Local Authorities and our National Monuments Service, the 2020 Fund supported an extraordinary level of community engagement and public participation in heritage. It provided traditional skills opportunities and strengthened the role of heritage in communities across the country, highlighting the role of heritage in providing a strong sense of place and well-being. We are very pleased to be able to grow the fund significantly this year and hope to support over 120 projects which will provide a local economic boost with thousands of hours of employment for stone masons, conservation architects, archaeologists and others, in sustainable job opportunities in the care of our heritage.”
How to Apply
The closing date for applications by private owners or community groups is 12th April 2021. Community Monuments Fund Application Form and Guidelines:
Community Monuments Fund Application Form
CMF Scheme Guidelines
Completed Application forms must be submitted to the Heritage Office of Cavan County Council by April 12th. Forms must be submitted in word format by email only.
Please read the scheme guidelines carefully and compete all relevant sections of the form.
Please note the requirement for an appropriately qualified building conservation professional to oversee any proposed conservation works, and for a comprehensive Method Statement to accompany all applications. See Guidelines above for information on what should be in Method Statements). The absence of a suitably comprehensive Method Statement will result in a project failing at assessment stage.
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