The Heritage Council has just announced the 2017 Community Heritage Grants Scheme, in addition to two further new schemes – a Grant Scheme for the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland Participants and a Thatch Conservation Grant Scheme.

The first of these, the 2017 Community Heritage Grants Scheme, will see €700,000 made available for a range of different projects and undertakings. The scheme aims to promote appreciation and enjoyment of heritage, and to make a lasting difference to heritage, people and communities. Through the Scheme the Heritage Council intends to reach out to new audiences and make heritage accessible to people with special needs, young adults and minorities, for example. They seek to support ‘creative, engaging projects that provide a way for the public to learn about and manage our natural and cultural heritage’.

Many different projects can be applied for under the scheme ranging from surveys and audits of a range of heritage attributes, from wildlife to folklore, as well as report and plans, conservation works, National Heritage Week initiatives and community efforts to educated about and manage heritage.

In relation to all successful projects, work on same must have commenced by the end of May 2017 and will need to be completed by 17th November, 2017. In 2016, the scheme saw over 400 applications, 171 of which, were successful.  

The second Heritage Council Scheme is called the Caring for Collections Scheme. €50,000 has been made available for the scheme, which can only be applied for by existing museums/institutions already participating in the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI).

Thatch Conservation Grant. Under this scheme €70,000 is being made available nationally and one of the main aims is to ensure the longevity of thatching as a trade such that projects that include demonstration or teaching a trainee will in principle be very well received. 

The closing date for applications, all of which must be made online at, is 5pm on Friday, 24th March, 2017.