€90,000 scheme for restoration and conservation work in parish churches launched

A €90,000 investment scheme for restoration and conservation work in parish churches has been launched by National Heritage, Arts and Local Government Minster José Herrera.

The scheme aims to provide financial support for the restoration and conservation work on altars, architectural decoration, gilding and frescoes of the parish churches of the Archdiocese of Malta and the Diocese of Gozo.

The scheme can cover up to 100% or a maximum of €15,000 of the total costs of the projects.

Minister Herrera said that this fund complements a number of works carried out by the Restoration Directorate on various sites, including a stretch of 850 meters restoration project completed in the bastions of the MICAS project, as well as a restoration program worth €7.6 million launched for the bastions of Cottonera.

The chairman of the Arts Council Malta Albert Marshall said that, through this scheme, the Council is for the first time collaborating with the Restoration Directorate in order to administer these funds, which are intended to further strengthen the cultural heritage of our country.