Community Monuments Fund 2023

Sligo County Council wishes to invite applications under the Community Monuments Fund 2023 as operated by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. 

The scheme is administered by Sligo County Council. 

The Community Monuments Fund 2023 will invest in our valuable archaeological heritage and will help owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public. 

The 2023 Fund will invest a total of €6m nationally in the conservation, maintenance, protection, and promotion 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;
  • Build resilience in our monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change;
  • Encourage access to monuments and improve their presentation,

Project promoters are encouraged to incorporate a traditional skills training element in projects.

The Community Monuments Fund has 3 streams:

  • Stream 1 - will offer grants up to €100,000 for essential repairs and capital works for the conservation of archaeological monuments.
  • Stream 2 – will offer grants of up to €30,000 for development of Conservation Management Plans/Reports and detailed Specification of Works aimed at identifying measures for conservation of archaeological monuments and improving public access.  
  • Stream 3 – will offer grants of up to €30,000 for enhancement of access infrastructure and interpretation (including virtual/online) at archaeological monuments.

Maximum grant aid under Streams 1- 3 is 100% of eligible costs.


Eligible Projects

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.


How to Apply

Full details of the grant scheme and Application Form CMF/A are available on the links below.  

Community Monuments Fund 2023 - Handbook CMF 2023 (PDF) - 457 kbs  PDF
Community Monuments Fund 2023 - Application Form CMF/A (DOCx) - 942 kbs  WORD

Applicants should read the CMF 2023 Handbook and be familiar with the qualifying criteria and conditions of the grant scheme.

All applications to the scheme must be accompanied by a comprehensive method statement prepared by a suitably qualified building conservation professional where appropriate.

Applications must be clearly marked Community Monuments Fund 2023 and emailed to  Alternatively, hard copy applications can be sent to: 

Heritage Office, Sligo County Council, City Hall, Quay Street, Sligo, F91 PP44.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 4pm Wednesday 1st February 2023.

For further information please contact:  Heritage Office, Sligo County Council on:

Tel: 071 911 4446 or