Conservation must create jobs

Job creation is set to be the focus of the annual grant scheme to help conserve old buildings, according to Laois County Council.

Applications are now being invited for the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme 2014, operated by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and administered by Laois County Council.

This scheme has been developed to assist with the repair and conservation of structures that are protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000. In certain cases, funding may be made available for the conservation of structures within Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs) where, in the opinion of Laois County Council, there is a need for works to enhance the character and appearance of the ACA.

“The significant difference between this scheme and previous built heritage programmes is that the focus and priority of this scheme will be on job creation,” said a statement. The council will be required to report the number of jobs created under this scheme.

This scheme seeks to leverage private capital for investment in a significant number of labour-intensive, small-scale conservation projects across the country and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople and tradespersons in the repair of the historic built environment.

The minimum level of funding awarded will be €2,500 up to a maximum of €15,000. Priority will be given to small-scale, labour-intensive projects. Matching funding for each project from the private sector will be required at a rate of 50%.

Applications must be made on Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme 2014 application form. Completed applications should be submitted to Ms Marie O’Hora, Planning Section, Laois County Council, Portlaoise by 5pm, Friday, February 14.




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