Heritage News & Events 6.5.21

Help Kilkenny’s hedgehogs
Would you like to help monitor hedgehogs in Kilkenny, and make the county more hedgehog friendly?   The Kilkenny Heritage Office has co-funded a new nationwide citizen science hedgehog survey by researchers at NUI Galway and the National Biodiversity Data Centre, and we’d like people in the county to get onboard.  To take part in the survey, and find out more about the project https://www.irishhedgehogsurvey.com/  To log a sighting of a hedgehog go to https://www.biodiversityireland.ie/projects/additional-survey-schemes/irish-hedgehog-survey     For simple tips on how to make your garden or community more hedgehog friendly https://www.irishhedgehogsurvey.com/helping-hedgehogs   If you would like a hardcopy of this leaflet (Irish & English versions) please email us at heritage@kilkennycoco.ie
Kilkenny County Council Decade of Centenaries Programme 2021
The Kilkenny County Council Community Strand of the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2021 is designed to raise awareness and encourage engagement with the significant events and people from County Kilkenny associated with 1921.  The Council invited applications from the community for a public grant scheme and to date has awarded funding to eight projects in the first round of grant offers. Details of the grant offers available at https://kilkennyheritage.ie/2021/05/kilkenny-county-council-decade-of-centenaries-programme-2021/
Dawn Chorus webinar
Birdwatch Ireland Kilkenny Branch have advised that due to Covid-19 restrictions they have cancelled their branch outings but they are hosting a free Dawn Chorus webinar for members with Niall Hatch on Wednesday 12th May @ 7pm. Advance registration is required. Go to https://birdwatchireland.ie/
New Volunteer Centre service for Co. Kilkenny
Kilkenny Volunteer Centre is a new service for Co Kilkenny. It offers supports to people who wish to volunteer, and also to organisations who wish to engage volunteers by brokering matches between the two.    If you would like to volunteer, you can visit www.volunteerkilkenny.ie and see vacant volunteering positions across the county.   If you are involved with a local non-profit group which needs new volunteers, you can register your group with Kilkenny Volunteer Centre and advertise your volunteering roles.  To find out more go to www.volunteerkilkenny.ie

Kilkenny County Council Cruinniú na nÓg Programme
An exciting range of projects for children and young people will take place in Kilkenny on June 12th for Cruinniú na nÓg, the national day of free creativity for children and young people. The projects were funded by the Kilkenny Creative Ireland Programme via a public grant scheme co-ordinated by the Culture Section of Kilkenny County Council.  To find out what’s happening in Kilkenny go to https://kilkennyheritage.ie/2021/05/kilkenny-county-council-cruinniu-na-nog-programme/             https://cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie/

€117,600 in Built Heritage Investment Scheme grants for Kilkenny
Minister Noonan recently announced €3m in funding for 477 built heritage projects across the country.  14 projects have been allocated a total funding of €117,600 in Kilkenny City and County where the fund is managed by the Architectural Conservation Officer of Kilkenny County Council.  Further details available at https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/a61a2-built-heritage-investment-scheme-2021/

Supporting Biodiversity in Your Community – Online workshop 
National Volunteer Week takes place from 17th – 23rd May 2021. As this co-incides with International Day for Biological Diversity (22nd May) the Kilkenny Volunteer Centre is hosting a free online biodiversity workshop facilitated by Dr Amanda Greer, on Friday 21st May @11am.  To book a free place go to; https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/supporting-biodiversity-in-your-local-community-tickets-150750909027
Don’t forget to register for the Town & Village Health Checks Community Workshops
Kilkenny County Council Community Section, in conjunction with Turley Planning Consultants, have launched a Health Check consultation to inform new town plans for Castlecomer, Urlingford, Johnstown, Goresbridge, Thomastown and Mullinavat.  This is an opportunity for communities to highlight the built, natural and cultural heritages of their towns that are important to them and which they would like to see addressed in the health checks. To register for the community workshops, go to www.mykilkennytown.ie           The online workshops will take place from 5th -11th May 2021.
Town & Village Renewal/Rural Regeneration Development grant schemes
Over the last few years, County Kilkenny towns and villages have benefited under the Town & Village Renewal and Rural Regeneration Development grant schemes administered by Kilkenny County Council.  To find out a bit more about the projects developed and new projects recently funded and presently in development go to https://indd.adobe.com/view/461c8182-032a-4cb5-9f5d-4881d3baf071

Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme open for applications
The Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme (CEIGS), a Government of Ireland initiative led by the Dept. of the Environment, Climate and Communications is now open for applications and its purpose is to provide support to projects which work in the circular Economy space, with the aim of advancing the circular Economy in Ireland and raising awareness of the need to transition to this type of economy. Closing date for applications: 5pm 28th May 2021.  Further details, grant criteria and application forms available at https://www.gov.ie/en/service/b3faa-apply-for-the-circular-economy-innovation-grants-scheme-ceigs/