Conservation of traditional farm buildings is to be grant-aid on GLAS farms.

Grants will be made available to GLAS participants for work such as roofs, outside walls, windows, doors, historic yard surfaces, and landscape features around the farmyard such as walls, gate pillars, and gates.

To be eligible for grant aid, buildings must have architectural or vernacular heritage character and make a contribution to their setting.

Grants of €4,000 to €25,000 will be available, covering up to 75% of the cost of works.

The scheme opens immediately and completed application forms must be returned to the Heritage Council before 5pm on Friday, May 6, 2016.

Further applications will be invited at regular intervals throughout the GLAS programme up to the end of December 2020.

The application form and all other documents on the new GLAS traditional farm building scheme can be downloaded from the www.heritagecouncil.ie website, or by contacting the Heritage Council at Church Lane, Kilkenny.

The new scheme builds upon the success of the traditional farm buildings grant scheme which operated under REPS 4 from 2007 to 2013, and which ensured that more than 350 traditional farm buildings throughout Ireland were conserved.

  • Nearly 40,000 farmers have already signed up for the GLAS new agri-environment scheme.

More will be admitted in a third tranche of GLAS (GLAS 3) later this year.

Any applicant who was previously unsuccessful can re-examine their proposed farm plan, in consultation with their adviser, and submit a new application when the GLAS 3 scheme is opened.


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