Heritage Council Community Heritage Grants

Heritage Council Community Heritage Grant Scheme

The Heritage Council Community Heritage grant scheme is now open for applications through their online portal. The scheme supports community/voluntary groups nationwide with heritage projects – built, natural, and cultural.

The Heritage Council will host a Zoom information webinar on the scheme at 12 noon on Monday 4 March with general application advice followed by a question and answers session. The event will be recorded and available on their website for viewing afterwards. Registration details are available on: https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/funding/community-heritage-grant-scheme-2024.

The minimum grant that can be requested through the scheme is €500. The maximum is €25,000. The closing date for applications is Monday, 25 March 2024 at 5pm.  Funded projects must be completed by 15 November 2024.

If you are considering applying for this grant from the Heritage Council a letter attached from the Heritage Office is recommended to show that you have researched and discussed your project. Please get in touch with us early if you are planning on applying!

A broad range of project types are eligible for funding under the scheme including:

  • Conservation works to collections, objects or places, including natural heritage projects e.g. control of invasive species or habitat restoration works; conservation works to buildings, including churches; stabilisation works to ruined structures;
  • Surveys, reports, plans, and audits to inform the future management of buildings and monuments, habitats, collections, or objects.
  • Accessibility projects that make heritage activities more accessible for people with disabilities e.g. building ramps, automatic doors, handrails, tactile interpretation
  • Projects that help people engage more with their heritage e.g. interactive maps, videos, virtual exhibitions, podcasts, websites
  • Purchase of specialised equipment e.g archival boxing for vulnerable documents, monitoring equipment for humidity or light, interpretation/multimedia equipment, specialised software
  • Projects that address the heritage of minority groups e.g. an oral history project documenting Traveller heritage
  • Training in traditional skills and crafts e.g. workshops on skills such as roofing, thatch, dry stone walling etc.
  • Citizen science projects on environmental conservation