A quick reminder for you all; applications for the GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme 2017 need to be in by tomorrow.
The grant will cover up 75% of the costs involved in renovating older farm buildings.
The Heritage Council launched the scheme on October 14th, with help from the Department of Agriculture. The scheme is part of an attempt to conserve Irish farms’ old and traditional farm buildings, which make up a big part of the Irish landscape.
Grants will range from a minimum of €4,000 to a maximum payment of €25,000. The scheme offers a rare opportunity to protect our land's rural landscape. The fact that traditional farmsteads will be preserved while also being made usable in everyday work makes the scheme quite important to our heritage.
Farm buildings in question include historic yard surfaces, walls, gates, windows, doors, roofs, and walls in need of repairing. The outside of current farm buildings in need of repair also falls within the eligible bracket for renovation. The guidelines also add that ‘essential’ repairs will be funded, not just ‘restoration’ works.
The scheme should also provide some employment in rural areas for local contractors who will carry out the work.
The scheme was first introduced in 2009 and has previously repaired over 200 farm buildings across the country. To be eligible, you must have a GLAS contract with the Agricultural Department, be approved for participation in GLAS schemes, and be the official owner of the buildings you want to repair.
Get your completed applications in before tomorrow at 5pm. They should be returned by post to
Anna Meenan, Project Manager, Farm Buildings Grant Scheme, The Heritage Council, Áras na hOidhreachta, Church Lane, Kilkenny. Because of this, we hope you can just about manage to get yours in by then if you work quickly!
Remember, the scheme has been described as ‘highly competitive’ and there may be a limited number of building repairs funded.