Community Monuments Fund 2020 - call for projects

Date Released: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Under the July Jobs Stimulus Package announced recently, additional capital funding has been identified for investment in our archaeological heritage.

Part of this funding is prioritised for local authorities, private owners and custodians and community groups for the care, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites and the provision of any required measures to ensure safe access during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Total funding available nationally for projects under a new Community Monuments Fund in 2020 will be €900,000.

The Community Monuments Fund will invest essential capital in our valuable archaeological heritage and help owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public.

The impacts of climate change on our monuments is increasingly evident. With increased weathering and severe climate events, the repair cycle on built heritage is likely to become shorter. Increased maintenance and repair will be key to building resilience in our monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of a changing environment.

Aims of the Fund

The core aims of this Fund are the conservation, maintenance, protection and presentation of local monuments and historic sites. It will:

  • enable conservation works to be carried out on monuments which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support;
  • encourage access to monuments and improve their presentation;
  • build resilience in our monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change;

The Community Monuments Fund will have 3 Streams:

  • Stream 1 will offer grants up to €100,000 aimed at essential repairs and capital works for the conservation and repair of archaeological monuments.
  • Stream 2 will offer grants of up to €30,000 for development of Conservation Management Plans/Reports that are aimed at identifying measures for conservation of monuments and improved public access.
  • Stream 3 will offer grants of up to €30,000 for enhancement of access infrastructure (including COVID protection) and interpretation at archaeological monuments.

To find out more, and to apply, please download the following documents:

CMF 2020 - Explanatory Memorandum

CMF 2020 - Letter to Local Authority CEOs

Application Form CMF-A

Checklist and Summary to accompany Application Form CMF-A

Local Authority Appraisal Form CMF-B

Recoupment Claim Form CMF-C

Checklist to accompany Application Form CMF-C