The rural environment protection scheme (REPS) 4 Traditional Farm Buildings 2012 to 2013 is no open for applications. The Heritage Council in conjunction with The Department for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, administers an annual grants scheme to REPS 4 participants for repair and conservation of Traditional Farm Buildings.

The grants vary from €4000-€20000 and is welcomed by farmers giving them an opportunity to restore old buildings that they otherwise would not be in a position to do, considering the economic climate.  Hopefully this will lead to further employment with farmers utilising local tradesmen to help them with the restoration work. It really is good news all round.

I encourage farmers to apply for this grant scheme. Application forms can be obtained from the heritage council or by emailing The closing date for applications is the 26th of October so hurry to get those applications submitted.