Later this year a scheme will re-open, offering farmers a chance to obtain a grant of up to 75% to restore old farm buildings.
The scheme, GLAS traditional Farm buildings Grant Scheme, aims to give farmers assistance in conserving and securing the future of Ireland’s traditional farm buildings. Grants were issued to over 80 successful applicants in May 2017 for work to be completed this year.
The schemes reopening was confirmed by Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, who said the department plan to offer a further tranche to the scheme later this year. This will be offered for works to be carried out next year. The scheme, he confirmed, is to be administered by the Heritage Council on the department’s behalf.
How it works:
The scheme offers grants to farmers for up to 75% of costs of approved conservation works to traditional farm buildings. This included work to the exterior of the farm buildings, walls, gates and the surfaces of yards also.
The maximum grant available to farmers will be €25,000 with the lowest being €4,000. No more than 75% of costs will be covered. It is also given to help farmers complete structural repairs to buildings. This includes new doors, windows and more.
It is expected that there will be between 50 and 70 projects chosen for this grant aid, lower than the previous 80 chosen. Since the scheme's introduction in 2009 however, it has aided in the restoration of over 200 traditional farm buildings across the country. The Heritage Council say these buildings are a part of the scenic Irish countryside and need to be protected. It says that without these buildings, our landscape would be a lot less visually appealing.
To qualify, farmers must:
- Have a GLAS contract already and be approved for participation in the GLAS scheme.
- They must also own a building or another structure for which funding can be given, or acting on behalf of the owner of a building. The owner must sign any application form however.