The Community Monument Fund – closing 18th Sept 2020

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 15 September 2020

The Community Monument Fund – closing 18th Sept 2020


Under the July Jobs Stimulus Package announced recently, additional capital funding has been identified for investment in our archaeological heritage by the National Monuments Service of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Part of this funding is prioritised for local authorities, private owners and custodians and community groups for the care, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites and the provision of any required measures to ensure safe access during the Covid-19 pandemic.


The Community Monuments Fund has 3 Streams:

1. Stream 1 will offer grants up to €100,000 aimed at essential repairs and capital works for the conservation and repair of archaeological monuments.

2. Stream 2 will offer grants of up to €30,000 for development of Conservation Management Plans/Reports that are aimed at identifying measures for conservation of monuments and improved public access.

3. Stream 3 will offer grants of up to €30,000 for enhancement of access infrastructure (including COVID protection) and interpretation at archaeological monuments.


Please contact the Heritage Office with queries and for application forms. Please note Completed applications will need to be submitted to Westmeath County Council by 18th September  and grant works completed by 10th November.


It is important for anyone interested in applying to realise the tight timeframe and the requirement of the scheme

  • applications should be sent to me by 18th Sept and are due with Dept on 22nd
  • If approved, there will be just 6 weeks to carryout projects to completion.
  • All projects must have an archaeologist conservation architect/engineer involved
  • All projects must have the relevant permissions in place prior to commencing eg Ministerial Consent/ Archaeological or detection licence (issued from DCHG)
  • Projects really need to be ready to go if/when approved


The scheme is not just aimed at Community groups but also the local authority and private landowners who have a monument on their land.


Full details and application form can be found here:         


Melanie McQuade

Heritage Officer

Westmeath County Council, Áras an Chontae, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. N91 FH4N

(087) 6074496