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Heritage Funding

The Heritage Council

The Heritage Council offer grants annually, usually in October of each year. Applications are invited for funding under the following schemes:

  • Heritage Research: providing assistance for data collection and research relating to Ireland’s heritage
  • Heritage Management: support for projects that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections or objects (including buildings).
  • Heritage Education: community and outreach support initiatives linking heritage to communities, promoting active engagement with and raising public appreciation of our heritage.

GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme

The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, has opened the annual grant scheme to GLAS ( Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme) participants for the conservation and repair of traditional farm buildings and other related structures. Only farmers approved in the GLAS Scheme are eligible to apply.

The grant is available for the conservation of traditional farm outbuildings, including roof, walls, structural repairs, windows and doors. The grant is also available for other related structures including historic yard surfaces, walls, gate pillars and gates. For further information, application forms and terms and conditions

Fáilte Ireland

Fáilte Ireland offers tourism professionals and service providers a wide range of support services at local, regional and national levels across five regions.

They also lead an extensive domestic holiday campaign via Discover Ireland which features comprehensive information and listings for Irish accommodation, activities, events, tourist attractions and Irish holiday special offers.

For information on future Fáilte Ireland grants, see the Failte Ireland capital grants website

Clare Local Development Company (CLDC)

Clare Local Development Company (CLDC) was established in 2008. The company is responsible for the delivery of a range of rural and enterprise development projects, social inclusion, community development and environmental initiatives in Co. Clare. There are 24 directors on the board of CLDC from a broad range sectors; the current chair is Mr. Stephen Walsh, who represents the community and voluntary sector. Chief Executive is Ms. Doirin Graham.

CLDC administers a number of major programmes along with other smaller schemes and initiatives i.e. LEADER Rural Development Programme 2007 - 2013, the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP), Rural Social Scheme (RSS), Tus, Clare Warmer Homes, Rural Recreation and Walks Scheme, Clare Wood Energy Project and Community Employment Scheme.

CLDC administers the LEADER RDP Programme 2007 - 2013 in County Clare and allocates funding to eligible projects. The role of the LEADER RDP is to stimulate new innovative ideas and offer practical support to businesses, farm families and community groups in getting their ideas off the ground. The current programme provides attractive incentives for new micro-enterprise projects. It provides support for farm-diversification projects into non-agricultural activities, business creation and development as well as opportunities in rural recreation and rural tourism, all of which are vital to the rural economy of County Clare.

For community and voluntary groups, there are opportunities to develop new and existing local facilities and services, as well as pursuing projects in village renewal and development. Environmental projects, including energy conservation and renewable energy, and for the conservation of the rural heritage. There are also opportunities to benefit from training projects in many areas of the county. Businesses, individuals, farm-families or community and voluntary groups who have a project idea should contact the CLDC LEADER Projects personnel as follows:

CLDC also delivers the Local Community Development Programme for the county on an annual basis. In addition to training and community supports for disadvantaged areas, it provides some small scale enterprise grants and from 2012 deals with ‘Back To Work Enterprise Allowance’ applications, for further information, contact Enterprise officer:

Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund

Local Agenda 21 is a process which facilitates sustainable development at community level.  It is an approach, based on participation which respects the social, cultural, economic and environmental needs of the present and future citizens of a community in all its diversity and which relates that community and its future to the regional, national and international community of which it is a part.

The aim of this grant is to facilitate sustainable development at a community and local level including County Clare. It is desirable that projects address the issues of waste, water resources, biodiversity and climate change.

EU LIFE (The Financial Instrument for the Environment) funding

LIFE, (The Financial Instrument for the Environment) the financial instrument of the European Commission for the environment introduced in 1992, is one of the spearheads of the European Union’s environmental policy. The specific objective of LIFE-Nature is to contribute to the implementation of Community nature protection legislation: the “Birds” Directive (79/409/EEC) and the “Habitats” Directive (92/43/EEC), and in particular, the establishment of the “Natura 2000″ network for the in situ management and conservation of Europe’s most remarkable fauna, flora and habitats.

INTERREG IV - EU Territorial Co-operation Programmes

INTERREG is an initiative that aims to stimulate cooperation between regions in the European Union. It started in 1989, and is financed under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The current programme is Interreg IV, covering the period 2014 – 2020.

INTERREG is the EU's Programme of structural funding for strengthening social and economic cohesion throughout Europe by supporting projects and actions in three core strands: 
A - Cross-border
B - Trans-national and 
C - Interregional.

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