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Applications sought under Structures at Risk Fund

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The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has announced the reintroduction of the Structures at Risk Fund (SRF), which in the past has financed conservation works on a number of protected buildings in private and civic ownership in County Clare.

The Department, which is administering the €624,000 Fund, says it will consider no more than two applications from any Local Authority.

Clare County Council is inviting applications from around County Clare in relation to the Fund, the closing date for which is 4pm on Thursday 12th March.

The circular issued in relation to the scheme explained: “The purpose of the SRF is to assist with works to safeguard structures protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), including works to proposed protected structures, and in certain cases, works to safeguard structures within Architectural Conservation Areas, where, in the opinion of the Department, an urgent need for works to such structures has arisen and has been demonstrated.”

“Due to the limited capital resources available for operation of the SRF (€624,000) the Department says it will consider no more than two applications from any County Council and only one of which may be a publicly owned building. Applications submitted by the Council will be considered by the Department..

The total value of funding available for each individual project shall not exceed 80% of the total project cost, while the minimum level of funding available under the SRF will be €15,000 up to a maximum grant of €60,000 per project.

The SRF application form and full details are available to download from http://www.clarecoco.ie. Applications should be sent to Planning & Enterprise Development Department, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, County Clare before 4.30pm on Thursday 12th March 2015.

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