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Thatch Repair Grant Scheme

Thatch repair at Ballykeeny


Donegal County Council’s award-winning Thatch Repair Grant Scheme has opened for applications.  Now in its fifth year, the scheme assists the owners and occupiers of thatched dwellings and businesses with their maintenance and repair.  The grant scheme provides advice to owners on the conservation of thatched roofs, allocates funding for small-scale thatch repairs and helps homeowners carry out necessary repairs under conservation supervision.  The scheme is open for applications until 12 noon on Friday, April 21.


Download Thatch Repair Grant Scheme 2023 - Information

Download Thatch Repair Grant Scheme 2023 - Application Form


County Donegal is home to one of the largest surviving concentrations of thatch structures in Ireland. Our thatched buildings are one of the most iconic and enduring images of County Donegal. Donegal County Council recognises the contribution that thatched dwellings and outbuildings make to our built heritage, cultural landscape, employment, economy and tourism.  Donegal County Council’s Thatch Repair Grant Scheme won the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Award in the ‘Heritage & Built Environment’ category in November 2020.  The award recognises the best local authority initiatives to promote public interest in, and knowledge, appreciation and protection of local heritage.  


There are two funding streams in this year's grant scheme:

Stream 1:  Thatch repair grant allocations between €500 - €3,000.  Types of small-scale thatch repairs that might be eligible to Donegal County Council’s Thatch Repair Grant Scheme include repairs to the eaves, the ridge, flashings around the chimney, holes, furrows, fixings, ropes, wire netting, the gable and the roof timbers or carpentry.   

Stream 2:  Re-thatching grant allocation up to maximum of €15,000.  Please note that there will only be one award under the Stream 2 category and the thatch building must be a historic thatched structure which is of landscape, tourism, historical or cultural value to the county. 


The Thatch Repair Grant Scheme is a cross‐directorate initiative between the County Donegal Heritage Office, Housing, Corporate & Culture Directorate and the Conservation Office, Community Development & Planning Services Directorate and is funded by Donegal County Council & The Heritage Council as part of the implementation of the County Donegal Heritage Plan. 


An Action of the County Donegal Heritage Plan (Action 2.2)