The Government has recently announced the award of grants for a wide range of archaeological heritage projects under the department’s 2022 Community Monuments Fund.
This is a great news story for Westmeath, who have secured €435,000 in funding under this scheme. This will help to support the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites.
The Community Monuments Fund invests in archaeological heritage and helps owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public.
The impacts of climate change on our monuments is increasingly evident. With increased weathering and severe climate events, the repair cycle on built heritage is likely to become shorter. Increased maintenance and repair will be key to building resilience in our monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of a changing environment.
Core Aims of the Community Monuments Fund
The core aims of this Fund are the conservation, maintenance, protection and presentation of archaeological monuments. It will:
- enable conservation works to be carried out on monuments which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support
- build resilience in our monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change
- encourage access to monuments and improve their presentation.
The Department encourages project promoters to incorporate a traditional skills training element in projects.