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Community Monuments Fund 2022 open for applications

The Community Monuments Fund for 2022 is now open for applications. First established in 2020 the Community Monuments Fund provides investment in our valuable archaeological heritage and helps the owners and the guardians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them in to the future for the benefit of communities and the public.

The core aims of this Fund are the conservation, maintenance, protection and presentation of archaeological monuments. It will:

  • enable conservation works to be carried out on monuments which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support;

  • encourage access to monuments and improve their presentation;

  • build resilience in our monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change.

In 2021 almost €270,000 in funding was allocated through Fingal County Council to eight projects including consolidation works at Castleknock castle; repair of Kilsallaghan graveyard wall and protection works to the burial site in the Ward River Valley. A number of surveys and conservation engineering reports were carried out at St Columba’s towers, Swords, the churches of Malahide Demesne, St Marnock’s and St Catherines and Rush Tower house to inform future works and an archaeological audit of the Donabate-Portrane Peninsula was undertaken.

The Heritage Officer, Christine Baker states ‘There are over 1200 archaeological sites and monuments in Fingal. This fund provides an opportunity not only for their protection and consolidation but for their interpretation and presentation making our archaeological heritage more accessible to all’.

Fingal County Council is now inviting applications under three streams to be carried out in 2022:

1. Stream 1 will offer grants up to €85,000 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 archaeological monuments and improving public access.

3. Stream 3 will offer grants of up to €30,000 for enhancement of access infrastructure and interpretation (including virtual/online) at archaeological monuments (including COVID 19 public health measures)

Private applicants or community groups who are the owners or custodians of monuments should complete Form CMF-A below (relevant sections only), attach a comprehensive Method Statement and submit to Heritage Officer, Fingal County Council before the 15 February 2021

Please contact the Heritage Officer with any queries, email

Community Monuments Fund 2022 - Explanatory Memorandum CMF2022

Community Monuments Fund 2022 - Application Form CMF/A

Community Monuments Fund 2022 - Explanatory Memorandum CMF2022 - Irish

Community Monuments Fund 2022 - Application Form CMF/A - Irish

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