Community Monuments Fund 2021
The Community Monuments Fund 2021 is now open for applications. The fund, first established in 2020 will invest a total of €2,000,000 in our archaeological heritage. The core aims of this fund are the conservation, maintenance, protection and presentation of archaeological monuments.
• Enable conservation works to be carried our 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.
Please find an explanatory memorandum and CMF-A Application Form attached below.
Private applicants and /or community groups who are the owners or custodians of archaeological monuments and interested in applying to the fund should
Complete CMF-A Application Form.
Attach a comprehensive method statement and any other required documentation.
Return to email@example.com by Monday, 12th April 2021. Queries can be directed to Róisín O’Grady, Heritage Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0761 06 5000.
1. Core Aims of the Fund
2. Streams 1-3
3. Eligible Projects
The Community Monuments Fund was first established in 2020 to provide investment in Ireland’s archaeological heritage.
Part of this funding is prioritised for local authorities, private owners and custodians and community groups for the care, conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of archaeological monuments.
Total funding available nationally for projects under Community Monuments Fund 2021 will be €2,000,000 .
The Community Monuments Fund will invest essential capital in our valuable archaeological heritage and help owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public.
The impacts of climate change on our monuments is increasingly evident. With increased weathering and severe climate events, the repair cycle on built heritage is likely to become shorter. Increased maintenance and repair will be key to building resilience in our monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of a changing environment.
Core Aims of the Fund
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.
The Department encourages project promoters to incorporate a traditional skills training element in projects.
The Community Monuments Fund has 3 Streams:
Stream 1 will offer grants up to €85,000 aimed at essential repairs and capital works for the conservation and repair of archaeological monuments (Total €1,000,000 available)
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. (Total €550,000 available)
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). (Total €450,000 available)
The Community Monuments Fund provides funding for projects in relation to:
Archaeological Monuments that are included in the Record of Monuments and Places (RMP) under the National Monuments Act 1930 (as amended)
Archaeological Monuments that are identified in the Sites and Monuments Record compiled by the National Monuments Service.
Eligible projects will be drawn from the following categories:
projects proposed by a Local Authority in relation to archaeological monuments in public ownership , where a clear heritage focus and community or public benefit has been demonstrated
projects proposed by a Local Authority on foot of applications from private applicants who are the owners or custodians of relevant archaeological monuments where there is a tangible public benefit
projects with a clearly defined heritage focus and community or public benefit proposed directly to the Department by a State-funded organisation working in the heritage area.