Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (679)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

679. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the amount of funding allocated for heritage grants nationally by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5203/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

My Department provides financial support for the protection of heritage buildings and historic structures through grant schemes which are generally administered by the local authorities.

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) is a scheme for the repair and conservation of structures on the local authority Record of Protected Structures. It is designed to leverage private capital for investment in small scale conservation projects across the country and to support the employment of skilled conservation professionals, tradespersons and craftsmen and women.

The Historic Structures Fund (HSF) (formerly the Structures at Risk Fund) is for conservation and enhancement to heritage structures, in both private and public ownership, for the benefit of communities and the public.

In November 2018, I announced a total of €4.3 million in funding for the BHIS and HSF for 2019. Both schemes were open for applications from 28 November to 31 January and applications will be assessed with successful applicants to be notified in due course.

Full details of both of the schemes are available on my Department’s website and on each local authority’s website.

I approved a further €1 million in funding nationally for the Historic Towns Initiative 2019 , which is a joint initiative of my Department and the Heritage Council. Applications must be made to the Heritage Council by local authorities before the closing date of 8 February. The applications will be assessed by an expert panel and successful towns will be notified shortly thereafter.

The Heritage Council also provides other grants for the protection and preservation of our heritage. It is primarily a matter for the Heritage Council to decide how its funding should be allocated across the range of research, education and conservation programmes it supports. Details are published by the Heritage Council on its website www.heritagecouncil.ie.

Amounts awarded by County in 2018: Structures at Risk Fund

Local Authority

No. of Projects

Amount Awarded

Carlow County Council

2

€38,000

Cavan County Council

5

€84,000

Clare County Council

2

€32,000

Cork City Council

1

€20,000

Cork County Council

2

€50,000

Donegal County Council

3

€59,000

Dublin City Council

4

€74,000

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

2

€30,000

Fingal County Council

4

€74,000

Galway City Council

1

€22,000

Galway County Council

2

€22,000

Kerry County Council

3

€42,000

Kildare County Council

3

€66,000

Kilkenny County Council

2

€37,000

Laois County Council

2

€37,000

Leitrim County Council

3

€45,000

Limerick City & County Council

2

€35,000

Longford County Council

3

€50,000

Louth County Council

4

€75,000

Mayo County Council

3

€46,000

Meath County Council

2

€27,000

Monaghan County Council

2

€24,000

Offaly County Council

1

€22,00

Roscommon County Council

4

€67,000

Sligo County Council

1

€15,000

Tipperary County Council

2

€32,000

Waterford City & County Council

3

€63,000

Westmeath County Council

3

€43,000

Wexford County Council

3

€45,000

Wicklow County Council

2

€24,000

TOTALS

76

€1,300,000

2018: Amounts awarded by County under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme

Local Authority

No. of Projects

Amount Awarded

Carlow County Council

4

50,000

Cavan County Council

7

50,000

Clare County Council

13

50,000

Cork City Council

8

85,000

Cork County Council

5

50,000

Donegal County Council

8

50,000

Dublin City Council

39

298,000

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

12

50,000

Fingal County Council

7

50,000

Galway City Council

4

67,000

Galway County Council

9

50,000

Kerry County Council

11

50,000

Kildare County Council

10

50,000

Kilkenny County Council

11

88,000

Laois County Council

7

50,000

Leitrim County Council

4

50,000

Limerick City & County Council

21

108,000

Longford County Council

5

50,000

Louth County Council

5

50,000

Mayo County Council

8

50,000

Meath County Council

5

50,000

Monaghan County Council

5

50,000

Offaly County Council

10

50,000

Roscommon County Council

8

50,000

Sligo County Council

10

50,000

South Dublin County Council

4

50,000

Tipperary County Council

11

50,000

Waterford City & County Council

15

104,000

Westmeath County Council

4

50,000

Wexford County Council

7

50,000

Wicklow County Council

7

50,000

TOTALS

284

2,000,000

Question No. 680 answered with Question No. 678.