THIS Friday, February 14, is the deadline day for applications for a new fund for restoration works on historic buildings.
“Both Limerick city and county are fortunate to have over 1,900 protected structures and listed buildings and these grant allocations can help in preserving and maintaining specific buildings in good order,” explained Cllr Joe Leddin.
“A total of €57,000 is being made available in the city area with €135,000 allocated to Limerick county under the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme for projects involving repair and conservation of historic structures in the local area. The deadline for applications is February 14,” the Labour councillor stressed.
Funding ranging from €2,500 to €15,000 is available, and the allocation must be matched by the same amount from private or fundraised sources.
The allocation is part of funding provided by Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin for a series of jobs stimulus projects.
“The aim of the scheme is to stimulate job creation in the construction and specialist trade sectors,” explained the Labour councillor.
“In Limerick city the Civic Trust have for many years transformed many historic buildings which adds considerably to the cultural and economic life of our city. The more potential the project offers for job creation, the more likely it is to receive funding.
“The proposed works should also demonstrate value for money and make a significant contribution to eliminating risks to architectural heritage,” he added.
Forms are available on the City Council website.