Cumann na Daoine

A community based organisation in Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Community Monuments Fund 2020: Closing tomorrow!

The National Monuments Service has announced a grant scheme in respect of works to archaeological monuments, open for applications up to the closing date of 16:00 on Thursday 17th September 2020. Full details below and for any queries contact Cork County Council’s Heritage Unit by emailing

Community Monuments Fund 2020

Under the recent National Jobs Stimulus Package a new Community Monuments Fund is being established through which €900,000 is available for expenditure and drawdown in 2020. The Community Monuments Fund will invest essential capital in our valuable archaeological heritage and help the owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the publicThe core aims of this new Fund are the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites. 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;

The Community Monuments Fund has 3 Streams:

  1. Stream 1 will offer grants up to €100,000 for essential repairs and capital works for the conservation of archaeological monuments.
  2. Stream 2 will offer grants of up to€30,000 for development of Conservation Management Plans/Reports to identify 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.

Full details of the Fund are set out in the  Explanatory Memorandum Community Monuments Fund CMF 2020 (link below) which should be carefully noted by all applicants. Applications for grants can be made to the Department by Local Authorities for:

  • projects relating to monuments in public ownership where a clear heritage focus and community or public benefit has been demonstrated, and
  • projects proposed by a Local Authority on foot of applications from private applicants who are acting as owners or custodians of monuments.

Private applicants or community groups who are the owners or custodians of monuments should: complete the application form below (relevant sections only); attach a Method Statement, as appropriate, and submit to Cork County Council on or before 17 September 2020. There will be a quick turnaround in decisions on applications submitted and please note that projects must be completed and monies drawn down by the start of November.

CMF 2020- Explanatory Memo


Please note: parts of Form A must be completed by the Local Authority before submission to the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Community groups or private owners should complete only the relevant sections and submit to by 17:00 on 17th September 2020.

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In addition to the above Scheme please also note that the Heritage Council Community Grant Scheme 2020 is open for applications up until next Tuesday, 15th September. Full details of this scheme including other news updates are available to see on the heritage news and updates section of

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