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Cork City Council acknowledges and supports the tremendous work that is carried out by local heritage groups and organisations to protect enhance and promote the heritage of Cork City. One of the ways is by funding the Local Heritage Community Grant Scheme and the Local Heritage Publication Grant Scheme, an action from the Cork City Heritage Plan 2015-2020.
Our Heritage not only connects us to the past but also to each other. In these difficult times that we find ourselves in, Heritage also reminds us that we as a city have survived challenging times in the past and can do so again.
The Local Heritage Community Grant Scheme is aimed at providing core funding in the form of small grants (between €200 and €1000 per grant) for local, community-based heritage groups and individuals who are involved in ongoing work that benefits the Heritage of Cork City. Over the last 15 years, hundreds of heritage groups have been assisted through this grant, in carrying out over very worthwhile projects to raise awareness of heritage in the city. 27 projects are being funded this year including a winter series of archaeological lectures, walking tours e.g. history of Jewish community in Cork, exhibitions on local history e.g. history of Cork Cinema, podcasts on the 1920 Cork elections and events such as the Coal Quay Festival and the Mother Jones Festival to name a few.
The Local Heritage Publication Grant Scheme is aimed at supporting the publication and printing of high quality publications on local heritage topics which raise awareness and appreciation of local heritage. Funding of between €1000 and €4000 is available per publication grant up to a maximum of €12,000 in total. 13 books have been supported through this grant since 2015. This year 3 books are being supported and include “Processions and Parades in Cork City 1898-1932”, “A History of Neptune Basketball 1947- Present” and “Newspapers in Cork during the Irish Revolution”
Niamh Twomey, Heritage Officer, Cork City Council said, “We acknowledge that some of these projects may not go ahead in the traditional format as in previous years. However I’m working closely with heritage groups to devise new and innovative ways of delivering these projects using virtual and web resources. Now more than ever it is important to highlight the importance of heritage in our everyday lives.”
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