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Over €504,000 in funding for built heritage projects in Waterford

Waterford Fine Gael Senator John Cummins welcomed the announcement of €242,693 in funding for 27 built heritage projects and €264,000 for 4 major projects under the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) in Waterford.

On a nationwide scale, 676 heritage projects across every county will benefit from a total fund of €9 million, and:

• 676 heritage projects across every county will receive support

• €4.5 million has been allocated for 114 projects under HSF scheme – largest ever number of projects

• 562 grants have been awarded, including 80 for thatched buildings under BHIS scheme

Both schemes support the conservation of historic buildings for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations and are managed jointly by the National Built Heritage Service (NBHS) in the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and a network of conservation staff in the 31 local authorities, including expert Architectural Conservation Officers.

The schemes fund a variety of repairs and renovation works to prevent deterioration, protect character, and encourage the re-use of protected structures. The schemes also provide important support for the employment of traditional craftspeople and conservation professionals.  

Senator Cummins said: “This is really positive news for Waterford. This funding will enable us to protect our precious built heritage and keep our magnificent buildings in use, while bringing others back into use. The social and economic benefits will be felt across our communities, providing valuable work for our traditional craft and tradespeople, as well as preserving our connection with these old landmarks.”

Minister of State for Local Government and Planning, Kieran O’Donnell, also welcomed the announcement, saying: “The Historic Structures Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme serve as great examples of what can be achieved when you have a close working relationship with the local authorities, particularly the Architectural Conservation Officers, Heritage Officers, and planning and administrative staff. These schemes provide direct financial assistance on the ground where it's needed and I'm delighted to see so many projects being approved throughout the country this year.”


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