New funding of up to €79,000 has been granted to Wexford for heritage projects under the launched the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund for 2019.
This funding for heritage projects in Wexford is part of an announcement by Josepha Madigan T.D, Minister for Culture, Tourism and the Gaeltacht, of €4.3 million for more than 500 heritage projects across the country.
Wexford will see an increase of available funding of up to 58% compared to 2018.
The Minister also confirmed today that €1 million will be provided for the 2019 Historic Towns Initiative, which will be administered in partnership with the Heritage Council.
Commenting on the funding Minister Michael D’Arcy; “Both schemes are open for applications until January 31, 2019 and I strongly encourage all relevant authorities to apply.
“This funding will allow for the conservation and repair of protected structures across Wexford. These buildings and structures are so important to our heritage and identity as a county and maintaining and repairing them is a crucial part of the regeneration of our communities.
“The funding is also very important in terms of developing our tourism offering and helping to attract visitors to Wexford, with all the benefits that can bring.
“The Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund will support the owners and custodians of protected structures in every local authority area across the country in 2019 as they carry out hundreds of small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve our historic built environment. The projects will also provide vital support for local jobs in conservation, traditional skills and construction,” the Fine Gael Minister said.
Minister Madigan said: “Our built heritage is a vital part of our cultural landscape. I am delighted to be able to continue improving our investment in protecting it for the future.
“My officials will be contacting all local authorities in the coming days advising them of their allocation and the grant schemes will be advertised on all local authority websites and on my Department’s website.”
Details of the Historic Towns Initiative are available from the Heritage Council and on their website www.heritagecouncil.ie