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Conserving a traditional farm building in 2024?

Conserving a traditional farm building in 2024?

Applications are now accepted to the 2024 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme, which invests in the conservation of traditional farm buildings and structures of significant heritage value.

Run in conjunction by the Heritage Council and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, a total scheme budget of €1.5 million is available for the conservation of traditional farm outbuildings, including roof, walls, structural repairs, windows and doors. The grant is also available for other related farm structures including historic yard surfaces, walls, gate pillars and gates.

Grant aid amounts will vary between €4,000 and €30,000 and the grant awarded will not be for more than 75% of the cost of the works, however, this varies by element being undertaken and it may be of a lower percentage in some scenarios.

In terms of eligibility, the scheme is only open to farmers participating in and accepted into the following DAFM schemes:

  • 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.

It is expected that 70-80 projects will be supported this year under a highly competitive application process. Applications must be submitted through the Heritage Council’s website, where the full list of terms and conditions are also available. The closing date for applications is March 27, 2024 at 5pm.