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Project Policy

Please read and consider the following points before you submit your project.

All projects must demonstrate the following:

  • Heritage value: Projects must clearly promote at least one specific aspect of natural, cultural or built heritage.
  • Educational value: Projects must have a clear awareness-raising or educational value, helping people to engage with, or find our more about our heritage.
  • Interpretation capacity: Projects that are commemorative in nature should be based on fact and present a balanced view or both sides (and must not condone harm brought to others).

Projects undertaken as part of National Heritage Week 2020 should also meet at least one of the following criteria.

  • Maximise community engagement: reach out to the maximum number of people in your community and get them to share their memories and knowledge for your project.
  • Include all age groups: bring the different generations in your community together – can an older person share a skill with a younger person; can a younger person record a story from an older person? Can technical skills for showcasing projects be shared between generations?
  • Share your project with others: have a clear plan for growing awareness of your project, at a local, regional, or even national level.
  • Build on or enhance an existing heritage project: if your project idea is based on existing work (e.g. a heritage project you have been engaged with over a longer period of time, or something you started during lockdown), consider how you can build on this work for your National Heritage Week project. This could mean simply showcasing your project to new audiences.
  • Build on existing resources / networks: consider drawing on the resources or expertise of relevant organisations or networks to inform your project, for example the Oral History Network, Birdwatch Ireland, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council, or the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

Any project that may result in a small community event or public gathering must be compliant with COVID-19 public health advice from the Irish Government.

The Heritage Council reserves the right not to list projects on the Heritage Week website that do not meet the objectives of National Heritage Week.

If you have any questions about this policy please contact heritageweek@heritagecouncil.ie.