Community Monuments Fund 2021
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Seven projects within the County of Galway were awarded funding under the Community Monuments Fund announced by the Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD. First established in 2020, the fund was increased from just over €1 million last year to €4.2 million in 2021.
Conservation and Maintenance
The core objective of the Community Monuments Fund is to support the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites. It contains a number of different measures 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 improving their presentation and also building resilience in monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change.
The Community Monuments Fund is investing essential capital in our valuable archaeological heritage to help owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public while stimulating local employment and economic activity.
Pride of Place
Galway County Council administers the funding on behalf of the National Monuments Service, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer Galway County Council has expressed her gratitude and delight with the announcement. ‘This is a great boost to the county and will assist in tackling the many conservation issues of our monuments. Our communities take great pride in their heritage sites, and I am delighted to be in the position to assist with the implementation of these funds.’