The Community Monuments Fund (CMF) was first established by the Department of Housing Heritage and Local Government in 2020 to provide investment in Ireland’s archaeological heritage. Part of the funding is prioritised for local authorities, private owners and custodians and community groups for the care, conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of archaeological monuments and the provision of any required measures to ensure safe access during the Covid– 19 pandemic. The total funding available nationally for projects under the CMF 2021 will be €2m.
The core aims of this fund are the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and archaeological sites. There are 3 funding streams 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 improve their presentation and also to build resilience in monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change.
The Department encourages project promoters to incorporate a traditional skills training element in projects.
The Community Monuments Fund has 3 Streams:
1. Stream 1 will offer grants up to €85,000 aimed at essential repairs and capital works for the conservation and repair of archaeological monuments. (Total €1,000,000 available)
2. 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 archaeological monuments and improving public access. (Total €550,000 available)
3. Stream 3 will offer grants of up to €30,000 for enhancement of access infrastructure and interpretation (including virtual/online) at archaeological monuments (including COVID 19 public health measures). (Total €450,000 available)
Up to 100% of project costs may be funded.
Who can apply?
Private applicants or community groups who are the owners or custodians of monuments may apply.Applicants should read the CMF guidance circular carefully and ensure that method statements and landowner or other consents are included as relevant with the application.For more information on eligible monuments visit www.archaeology.ie
How to Apply?
Applications should be returned by e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . Postal copies should be clearly marked ' Community Monument Fund Application' and sent to planning Office, Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Station Road, Wicklow Town. All applications must be received by no later than 5 pm on 12th April.
All queries may be directed to Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, Wicklow County Council via email@example.com
Application form and further information can be downloaded below