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Heritage Council of Ireland Community Heritage Grant Scheme

2 Sep 2020

The Community Heritage Grant Scheme is part of the rescue package recently announced by the Minister for State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan.

The Heritage Council has allocated €550,000 to this scheme in 2020 to undertake capital works that will apply good heritage practice in managing and improving access to sites, collections, objects etc.

The aim of this scheme is to support capital projects that improve access and inclusion to heritage sites; that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections or objects (including buildings). The scheme also supports the purchase of essential equipment. This scheme is intended to enable communities and heritage non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to continue their work in this area or to start new initiatives.

Funding Available

The most you may ask for is 80% of the funding of the total project expenditure, up to a maximum of €15,000.

Who can apply?

The scheme is open to:

• voluntary and community groups
• heritage-related non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
• not-for-profit heritage organisations
• Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) participants
• Adopt a Monument Programme participants (supported by funding from National Monuments Service)

Applications from other organisations, private companies or individuals will not be considered for this grant scheme.

How to apply

Please ensure you read the grants scheme booklet prior to entering the online grants system.

You must apply online for this grant scheme. You can apply from Monday 31st August 2020 through the Heritage Council’s online grants management system located here.

The Heritage Council will only accept forms submitted online. They do not provide or accept paper forms.

To consider your application, your online application along with supporting documents must be received by: 15th September 2020 at 5pm. Applications or supporting documents cannot be submitted after this time.


Please read the Application Guidance Document carefully before attempting an application online.


Click here to visit the Heritage Council of Ireland's website and for more information.