The Botanical Garden Stewardship House is one of the 18 sites selected by the Heritage Mission for the safeguarding of endangered heritage led by Stéphane Bern. It will benefit from the financial support of Loto du Patrimoine.
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Applications submitted on the website www.missionbern.fr are first examined by the departmental and regional delegations of the Foundation of heritage. The Ministry of Culture, through its regional directorates of cultural affairs (Drac), participates in this first examination, in particular of buildings protected as historical monuments.
Four main criteria
The projects are then selected by a committee chaired by Stéphane Bern and made up of representatives of the Heritage Foundation, FDJ and the Ministry of Culture, which meets twice a year. An emblematic heritage project is selected by department each year, according to four main criteria: heritage and cultural interest; the state of peril; the maturity of the project; its impact on the territory and the development project.As for the amount of the endowment for each site, it will be announced during the European Heritage Days, next September.
Emblematic sites and departmental sites
The Heritage Mission was launched in September 2017: the President of the Republic then entrusted Stéphane Bern with a mission to identify endangered heritage and seek new sources of funding to restore it. From this initiative was born the Loto du Patrimoine, the proceeds of which were allocated to the Heritage Foundation.
Seventeen other sites selected
The Parc des Sources in Vichy; the Church of Our Lady of the priory of La Charité-sur-Loire; in Brittany, the former penal colony of Belle-Île-en-Mer; the Maison des Alix in Gien (Loiret); the Château de Quenza in Corsica; the First Castle of the Princes of Salm in the Vosges; the mining headframes of 9-9 bis in Oignies (Pas-de-Calais); the Church of Saint-Louis in Villemomble (Seine-Saint-Denis); in Normandy, the old church and veterinary infirmary of Haras du Pin; the Italian theater in Guéret (Creuse); Porte Beucheresse in Laval (Mayenne); the Castellas de Roquemartine in Eyguières (Bouches-du-Rhône); in Guadeloupe, the Maison Schwarz-Bart; in Guyana, the Village of Acarouany; in Martinique, the Atlas Cinema at Anses d’Arlet; in Réunion and Mayotte, two former sugar factories. Since its launch, this original operation has aroused the enthusiasm of the French: 4,800 sites in danger have thus been reported on the participatory platform www.missionbern.fr. Millions of players participate each year, by playing FDJ’s “Mission Patrimoine” scratch and draw games, in the preservation of heritage. “There are two types of prices: the emblematic ones, one per region, and the departmental ones, one per department, explains René Brun, Occitanie regional delegate of the Heritage Foundation.The former are helped more than the latter.In Occitania, there have already been five emblematic prizes: Polignac hotel (Gers), Fort Brescou in Agde, Lagrasse abbey (Aude), Sainte-Marie de Souillac abbey (Lot) and this year, the stewardship house of the Jardin des Plantes in Montpellier. An emblematic site can expect between 200,000 and 600,000 € and great benefits in terms of notoriety.” Every year, another site is also helped by department. “In the Hérault, the Madness of Cadenet in Castries, the Moulin de Juffet in Montbazin, the Hermitage of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, the Chapel of the Penitents de Mèze, have benefited from the financial support of the Loto du Patrimoine since its launch, indicates René Brun. In general, departmental sites can expect between €80,000 and €250,000 in aid.” The deadline for submitting applications for these sites is the end of April. The selected sites will be known from the end of June.One thing is certain: selected at the regional level, the house of the Intendance of the Jardin des Plantes will be able to regain its cachet and open up again to the inhabitants of Montpellier, contributing to the reputation of this site with an invaluable heritage.