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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 sixth 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, March 8.

 

Download Thatch Repair Grant Scheme 2024 - Information

Download Thatch Repair Grant Scheme 2024 - 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.  

 

The Thatch Repair Grant Scheme provides funding for small-scale thatch repairs between €500 and €3,000.  Larger allocations may be made in exceptional circumstances and a s limited resources allow.  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.   

 

The Thatch Repair Grant Scheme is a cross‚Äźdirectorate 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 (Objective 4.6)