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Burial ground maintenance grant scheme - 2017

Objectives, eligibility and conditions

  • The purpose of the grant scheme is to allow the council to contribute financially to local groups such as residents associations, action groups, tidy village groups, etc., who carry out burial ground maintenance/improvement works and incur expenses associated with their local cemetery.
  • A grant up to a maximum of €600 may be made available to successful applicants. The amount of a grant paid to an individual group will depend on take-up of the scheme in the county and overall expenditure incurred by each group.
  • Before giving a grant for any project, the council must be satisfied that the applicant is a bona fide group, representative of the area to which the application relates. The scheme will be administered on a county-wide basis.
  • The grant can be used for the purpose of purchasing trees, shrubs, bushes, shovels, hire of strimmer, petrol for lawnmower and other items, which are required to carry out the environmental maintenance works in the burial ground. Please note wages for carrying out of work are not acceptable as an expense as the purpose of the grant is to support voluntary work. Clare County Council wishes to discourage the use of weed-killers in burial grounds. Where weed-killer is used it should be done in conjunction with the recommendations of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government "The Care and Conservation of Graveyards" booklet. Expenditure on weed-killers will be excluded from re-imbursement.
  • All works in burial grounds carried out under the scheme must comply with Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government – Historic Monument Service requirements. These are detailed in a booklet called "The Care and Conservation of Graveyards" (available on request). Proposed works on national monuments/protected structures within burial grounds, or on burial ground walls must be notified to Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government – Historic Monument Service, two months before the proposed start date. Grants cannot be paid to groups who do not adhere to the requirements and non-compliance will be the responsibility of the group.
  • Original receipts addressed to the group with the name of the burial ground clearly identified and  marked as paid with stamp or headed paper of the shop where purchase was made together with supporting documentation, addressed to the group, shall be submitted to the council in order to enable consideration of grant approval and payment, where approved. Receipts must be dated between 1st October 2016 and 30th September 2017 and not previously submitted. Approved grant payments will be made at the latter end of the year. The grant will not meet 100% of the costs incurred by the group. The council must be satisfied that the expense was bona fide incurred on cemetery maintenance, and the responsibility for providing requisite supporting information rests with the groups.
  • Taking 'before and after' photographs is recommended to applicants, as they would provide a record of the progress that was made during the season. Inspections will be carried out to assess the ongoing maintenance work in cemeteries.

Application for grant assistance should be addressed to the:

Rural Development Directorate,
Clare County Council,
Áras Contae an Chláir,
New Road,
Co. Clare
Telephone: (065) 6846428

Application form

The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday, 31st May 2017.

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 19/04/17