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Community Monuments Fund 2020 Longford

The Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Mr Malcolm Noonan, TD, approved grants for a wide range of heritage projects under the July Jobs Stimulus package.  The funding will support 71 heritage projects across 30 Local Authorities under a new Community Monuments Fund.  

The objective of July Jobs Stimulus is to offset some of the effects of Covid-19 by revitalising the economy, providing protection for small businesses and getting people back to work. The Community Monuments Fund has been established as part of the €1.4m in additional capital earmarked for National Monuments Service under the Stimulus Plan.

The core objective of the Community Monuments Fund is to support the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites. It contains a number of different measures aimed at enabling conservation works to be carried out on monuments which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support, encouraging access to monuments and improving their presentation and also building resilience in monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change. 

The Community Monuments Fund is investing essential capital in our valuable archaeological heritage to help owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public and to stimulate local employment and economic activity. 

Please click here for full information and to find out which projects were successful nationally under this scheme. 

Longford projects:

Two applications in County Longford were successful under Stream 2, which allowed for conservation reports to be undertaken to determine the condition and set out a path for their repair; these reports will allow for applications for funding to undertake conservation and repair works into the future. The success were Knock Windmill (ruin), Lanesborough, Co. Longford in partnership with the Lough Ree Community Resources Ltd and the towerhouse at Abbeyshrule Abbey, in partnership with the Abbeyshrule Abbey Preservation Committee.