McGuinness welcomes GLAS Traditional Farm Building Scheme

sinn féin area representative conor d. mcguinness 3Sinn Féin area representative Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed the opening of building scheme for traditional farm buildings for GLAS farmers.

McGuinness said:

“Farmers approved in the Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) are eligible to apply for this grant scheme, which is managed by the Heritage Council. The principal objective of the scheme is to ensure that traditional farm buildings and other related structures that contribute to the character of the landscape, and are of significant heritage value, are conserved for active agricultural use. Grant amounts vary between €4,000 and €25,000.

“The grant is available for the conservation of traditional farm outbuildings, including roof, walls, structural repairs, windows and doors. The grant is also available for other related farm structures including historic yard surfaces, walls, gate pillars and gates. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine make all grant payments on this scheme following certification by the Heritage Council. A grant award will not be for more than 75% of the cost of the works with a maximum available grant of €25,000. “

“The process is highly competitive and it is expected that 50-70 projects will be supported each year,” he added.