Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Now Open

Feb 27, 2024 | Farm Viability

The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, has announced on the 23rd of February that the 2024 Traditional Farm Buildings grant scheme was now open for applications.

The purpose of this scheme is to ensure that traditional farm buildings and other related structures that contribute to the character of the landscape and are of significant heritage value are conserved for active agricultural use. A short information webinar was held for applicants interested in applying for the 2024 traditional farm buildings grant scheme on 1st March 2024 at 12pm. Interested parties registered here.

Only farmers participating in and accepted into the following Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM) schemes are eligible:

  • Approved participants in ACRES.
  • Participants in EIP (European Innovation Partnership) Calls 1, 2 and 3, Hen Harrier and Pearl Mussel Projects and The Burren Programme who were an active participant as of 31st December 2022 or had completed the full term of the contract for the relevant EIP, or have completed a five-year contract, as appropriate.
  • Approved participants of the Organic Farming Scheme.
  • Are the owner of the building/other related structure for which funding is sought or are acting with the permission of the owner (in which case the owner must provide consent).

The conservation of traditional farm outbuildings, including roof, walls, structural repairs, windows and doors are considered suitable for the grant. But other related farm structures such as historic yard surfaces, walls, gate pillars and gates may also be considered suitable.

Minimum intervention is the key conservation principle. The conservation work must be a repair to fix what is wrong with a traditional building without intending to do too much work. Works which are, in the opinion of the Heritage Council, restoration works, are very unlikely to be supported with grant aid. The process is highly competitive and it is expected that 70-80 projects will be supported this year.

Previous grant awards varied in value between €4,000 and €30,000. The Heritage Council must certify the work before DAFM will grant the payment. Grant awards will not exceed 75% of the cost of the works with a maximum available grant of €30,000. Please note some grants will be for less than 75% of the cost of the approved works.

Applications for this grant scheme must be made online only. Paper applications will not be accepted. Applications can be made through the Heritage Council’s online grants management system. All applications, along with the required supporting documents must be submitted by the 27th March 2024 at 5pm. More information can be found here.

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