The Heritage Council has just announced the 2016 Heritage Management Grant Scheme, which will see up to €700,000 available for heritage projects across the country. "The objective of this scheme is to support projects that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections or objects (including buildings)". More specifically this includes the preparation of a conservation report, conservation plan or conservation management plan to inform future works; conservation of heritage collections and objects such as statues, also including documents, and works to buildings and structures where the special heritage interest of the building or structure is demonstrated to be at risk. While the scheme does cover works to protected structures, due to funding restraints some applications may not be afforded a high priority as a separate fund had already been made available specifically for such works (Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht's 2016 Built Heritage Investment Scheme, which closed for applications in December 2015). From a natural heritage perspective this year's Heritage Council grant scheme will also cover the conservation or management of a wildlife site where a conservation/management plan exists.
In relation to all successful projects, work on same must have commenced by the end of April 2016 and will need to be completed by 18th November, 2016. Given the scope of the grant scheme as a whole, there are a wide range of projects that would in principle be elligible and it is hoped that the County of Cork will see a number of successful applications. The closing date for applications, all of which must be made online at www.heritagecouncil.ie, is 5pm on Monday, 29th February, 2016.