Owners of the 1486 Registered Protected Structures in Louth have been urged by Minister Fergus O’Dowd to apply for funding under a new scheme.
“€162,000 has been allocated to Louth under the new €5m Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme,” said Minister O’Dowd.
“The Scheme seeks to encourage the investment of private capital in a number of small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve historic structures and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craft workers and tradespeople.
“Funded by the sale of the National Lottery Licence, it is designed to assist the owners/occupiers of protected structures and will be administered by the local authorities.
“People who own protected structures, proposed protected structures or structures that contribute to the character of an Architectural Conservation Area can apply for funding under this scheme via the local Authority.
“An applicant must be the owner or occupier of the building or have written proof of the owner’s consent to the project.
“The minimum award of funding under this Scheme will be €2,500 up to a maximum of €15,000. The successful applicant will be required to fully match the funding awarded.
“The closing date for applications to the scheme is 14 February 2014.”