The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr Jimmy Deenihan has launched a new fund of €5 million - the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme - for the repair and conservation of protected structures.
€137,000 in funding has been allocated to Kilkenny County Council under the scheme.
This fund will support a significant number of projects on protected buildings and will generate employment in the conservation and construction industries and specialist trades.
The scheme will encourage the investment of private capital through the provision of matching public funds in a large number of small-scale, labour-intensive projects. The aim of projects will be to repair and conserve historic structures while supporting the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftworkers and tradespeople.
Funding awards made under the scheme will be between €2,500 and €15,000 with applicants matching in full the grants being awarded.
There are 1150 protected structures in the city and county.