Involving community in Heritage is the focus of a suite of funding opportunities announced by Sligo County Council.
Heritage Officer, Siobhán Ryan, said that ‘there are a number of measures now in place to encourage heritage activity within the County’. Funding opportunities are available under the following Heritage Grant Schemes in 2007 and the Heritage Office of Sligo County Council is inviting applications for projects to be carried out during 2007.
This scheme is designed to assist owners of protected structures to undertake necessary work to secure the conservation of the building. It is not intended to assist with routine maintenance, alterations or improvements. The grant scheme applies to protected structures both in the county and borough areas. Some of the successful projects which were undertaken under this scheme in 2006 include the following;
St. John’s Cathedral, John St., Sligo, St. Mary’s Presbytery, Temple St., Sligo and Annaghmore School House, Collooney, Co. Sligo.
The purpose of the Community Heritage Grants Scheme is to involve the community in heritage and to support community based heritage activity in County Sligo. In providing support to these groups Sligo County Council seeks to promote interest, education, knowledge and pride in the local heritage resource.
Some of the projects which were grant aided in 2006 include the Moygara Castle Research Project which resulted in an historical survey of Moygara Castle, Kilmactigue Graveyard Committee who carried out graveyard memorial recording, Ballymote Youth Steering Group which involved the local children in the production of a book on the local townlands, and Skreen Dromard Community Summer Group who researched and built nesting and feeding boxes for native birds.
The Heritage Council together with the INTO operates the Heritage in Schools Scheme which offers a panel of heritage specialists who will, at the request of a teacher, visit a primary school to work directly with the children.
Some of the twelve schools in Sligo who took part in 2006 includes; Scoil Ursula, Strandhill Road, Sligo, Leaffoney N.S., Kilglass, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, High Park N.S., Skreen, Co. Sligo and Scoil Pádraig Naofa, Ballyweelin, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo.
In the promotion of the scheme in County Sligo, the Heritage Office will be sponsoring a number of school visits under the scheme during 2007 and applications from primary schools in County Sligo are now being accepted.
Further information and application forms for all of the Grant Schemes are available on request from: Barbara Dobson, County Sligo Heritage Office, Sligo County Council, Riverside, Sligo Tel: 071 91 11255 – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Explanatory Memorandum - 42 kbs
Heritage in Schools Booklet - 12,188 kbs