Grants between €4,000 and €25,000
Sligo News File
Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue has announced the opening of the 2021 GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme with a fund of €1.25 million.
The scheme supports the conservation and preservation of traditional farm buildings and structures “of significant heritage value and which are conserved for agriculture use.”
Restricted to applicants who participate in the Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme, McConalogue said the scheme “continues to make a great contribution to the conservation of our rural heritage and the enhancement of the rural landscape.
“These are beautiful structures, made of local materials by local craftspeople, and I think we are all learning to appreciate the importance of this part of our heritage.
“They also serve as a practical shed for the farm long after they were first built. The earliest structure supported on the scheme so far dates from the early 15th century, still standing, still functional.
“The greenest building is the one that already exists, embodying carbon and offsetting the need for expensive new buildings as long they are well used.”
Grants available range between €4,000 and €25,000 with up to 75% of the cost of the project eligible for funding with a maximum available grant of €25,000.
He added that “The benefits of the scheme go beyond retaining the structures for future generations because it can also have significant biodiversity benefits.
“Even the smallest building can provide roosting sites for bats and nesting sites for birds. Many can support a great diversity of wildlife, including species of conservation concern and this scheme works with farmers to support, enhance and safeguard the wildlife inhabiting these buildings. I am delighted that my Department is supporting this scheme and I would encourage all GLAS participants to consider it.”
The closing date for receipt of online applications is Monday, 5 April 2021 at 5pm. The terms and conditions and the online application form are available at www.heritagecouncil.ie