Royal Irish Academy Grants

The Royal Irish Academy is delighted to announce that grant schemes offering opportunities for Archaeological research will open to applications on 3 September.

Archaeology Research Excavation Grants:  for new excavations, continuing excavations and post excavation work.

Archaeology C14 Radiocarbon Dates Scheme: This scheme offers radiocarbon dating for up to twelve applicants per annum to be used for the purposes of archaeological research in Ireland.

Grant Scheme Information Evening

County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups has been notified that Kildare PPN in association with Kildare County Council will hold two Grant Scheme Information evenings in February 2019.

Grants are available from a number of state bodies, as well as the local authority, for the benefit of the community and the promotion of the arts and heritage. Local history, heritage, and archaeological projects have the potential to qualify under the terms of many schemes and could be availed of by local heritage and history groups.

Groups are also encouraged to think creatively and look at the possibility of drawing down arts grants by combining heritage with the arts.

Below are a number of useful links followed by the details of the grant scheme information evenings in February.

Arts grants and Creative Ireland

Heritage 2019

Festival Grants

Community Grants

Grant Scheme Information Evenings

Kildare PPN in association with Kildare County Council will hold two Grant Scheme Information evenings as follows:

Tuesday 12th February 2019
The Clanard Court Hotel, Athy, at 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm

Thursday 14th February 2019
The Osprey Hotel, Naas, at 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm

The information evenings will cover the following:

Community Dept. Grants
Heritage Grants
LEADER Funding
Form filling – Making a good application

If you, or a member of your group/organisation, are interested in attending one of these information evenings please RSVP


7.15pm Registration
Bernard Higgins – Coordinator Kildare PPN

7.30pm Welcome & Introduction
Declan Nolan – Chairperson Kildare PPN

7.40pm Grant Schemes

Community Dept. Grants – Rian Glynn, Anne Dooley, Community Dept. KCC
Heritage Grants – Bridget Loughlin – Heritage Officer KCC
LEADER Funding – Helen Mulhall – Co. Kildare LEADER Partnership

8.30pm Q & A open forum

8.45pm Information Networking & Refreshments

9.00pm Close
Declan Nolan Kildare PPN

Built Heritage Conservation Grants 2019

Kildare County Council in conjunction with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are inviting applications for conservation projects for buildings contained on the Record of Protected Structures and in Architectural Conservation Areas within County Kildare under the following schemes:

Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2019

This scheme will support small scale, labour intensive conservation projects. The minimum level of funding awarded will be €2,500 up to a maximum of €15,000 per application.

Historic Structures Fund 2019

This scheme replaces the Structures at Risk Scheme and offers funding in 2 streams;

Stream 1 offers grants from €15,000 – €50,000 aimed at essential repairs and smaller capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of heritage structures

Stream 2 offers a smaller number of grants from €50,000 to €200,000 for larger enhancement, refurbishment or reuse projects involving heritage structures, where a clear community or public benefit is demonstrated.

Both schemes operate on a match funding basis and all applications must be accompanied by a method statement.

Application forms: full details of both schemes and eligibility criteria are available from our website or by emailing

Closing date: 4 p.m. on 31st January 2019.

Bridget Loughlin,
County Heritage Officer,
Kildare County Council,
Áras Chill Dara,
Co Kildare
Tel: 045 980791

Twitter: KildareHeritage
Facebook: Countykildareheritageoffice

Co. Kildare Creative Ireland Bursary Awards

As part of Kildare’s 2018 Creative Ireland programme, we invite applications for bursary awards that will develop bodies of work with a public interface/engagement.

We invite applications from individuals and groups to creatively explore themes of:

  • Well being
  • Sense of place
  • Heritage (which may include historical exploration)
  • Music
  • STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics)
    Irish language


Application forms and further information are available from Kildare County Council Creative Ireland Programme,
Main Street,
Co. Kildare.
Tel: 045-448318

Website at


KCC Community Heritage Grant Scheme

The Heritage Grant Scheme 2018 will open for applications on Tuesday 23rd January 2018. The application form and guidelines are available below. The closing date for completed applications is 5 p.m. on Tuesday 13th March 2018.

Any queries should be directed to or to The Heritage Office at 045 – 980674.

Applications forms and guidelines can be downloaded from:

Creative Ireland Bursary Award 2017

Creative Ireland bursary award 2017 – Funding Opportunities for Heritage Projects

Please Note: closing date is 2nd Aug

Kildare County Council and Creative Ireland are putting together a programme of events as part the Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022. Funding is now available for individuals and organisations who wish to develop a community/cultural/ Heritage project/event.

The key objective of the bursary is to provide support to individuals and community groups for developmental activities and projects that will encourage creativity, collaboration and cultural participation. Kildare County Council invite applications in the region of €3,000 – €10,000, for projects / events that explore the themes of Wellbeing, Sense of Place, Heritage (Natural, archaeological and cultural heritage), Music, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and Irish Language.

These bursaries are awarded in the context of the National Creative Ireland, Programme’s Five Pillars, listed below.

The Five Pillars:

1. Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child – A key objective of Pillar 1 is that by 2022 every child in Ireland will have access to tuition and participation in art, music, drama and coding.

2. Enabling Creativity in Every Community – the primary objective of this pillar is citizen engagement with their county Culture and Creativity Plans.

3. Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure – high quality infrastructure is critical for a vibrant arts and culture sector, and investment in this infrastructure underpins social cohesion and supports strong and sustainable economic growth.

4. Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production – The long-term objective of this pillar is to elevate the creative industries including: media, architecture, design, digital technology, fashion, food and crafts, fostering innovation in enterprise.

5. Unifying our Global Reputation – the Creative Kildare programme presents an opportunity to showcase the best of Kildare and develop a positive view of the county internationally. This is an opportunity to work with our existing overseas networks, including town twinning and Kildare Associations abroad.

How to apply:

The guidelines and application form are available to download from or email

The closing date for the application is Wednesday 2nd August 2017, at 12:00 noon. Hard copy applications should be clearly marked and addressed to:

Creative Ireland Bursary Awards 2017,
Kildare County Council,
Main Street,
County Kildare.

Please note Heritage can be Natural, Archaeological and Cultural Heritage. This is an opportunity to promote or interpret our Heritage in a new, exciting and creative way. There is a very short turn around on this project as the closing date is 2nd Aug

Call for applications to RIA Grant Schemes

The call for applications to the RIA 2017 Archaeology Research Grants and C14 Radiocarbon Dates Scheme is now open. The closing date for the receipt of applications is 23:55, Friday 21 April 2017.

Archaeology Research Grants

The Royal Irish Academy runs an annual Archaeology Research Grants Scheme. The objective of this scheme is fund research projects in Irish archaeology, excluding excavation, which provide a significant and original contribution to archaeological knowledge.

The call for applications for the 2017 Archaeology Research Grants Scheme is now open.

How To Apply

Applicants are required to submit a detailed proposal for their research project via an online submission to include:

The aims and scope of the project
The probable contribution to knowledge
Publication prospects

Please note that the maximum that may be awarded to an individual application is €2,000.00.

Further Details RIA website

Archaeology C14 Radiocarbon Dates Scheme

The Royal Irish Academy in association with Queen’s University Belfast, offers radiocarbon dating to ten applicants per annum, to be used for the purposes of archaeological research in Ireland. The offer is intended to assist research projects, including people pursing an academic degree. It is not our intention to fund commercial archaeology companies or developer funded projects. Priority will be given to proposals that address critical research issues. Distribution of the dates will be at the discretion of the RIA Standing Committee of Archaeology.

How To Apply

Applicants are required to complete the online submission form and include the following information:

Sources of funding for the excavation
Authorisation details of the artefact
Find context of sample
The research issue the proposed date will address

Further Details RIA website

Heritage Council grant schemes for 2017

Message from the Heritage Officer of Kildare County Council

The Heritage Council will operate 3 grant schemes in 2017:

  • Community Heritage Grants Scheme
  • Grant Scheme for Museum Standards Programme of Ireland Participants (MSPI)
  • Thatch Conservation Grant Scheme

You may apply for grants via the Heritage Council. Online application system will be open on March 1st 2017. Closing date is 24th March 2017 at 5:0pm .

See here for more details: