Updated: Jan 12
Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, on Wednesday 16th November 2022, launched the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund for 2023.
With €9 million in funding across both schemes – an increase of €1 million from 2022 – they represent a continued and significant boost to the preservation of Ireland’s built heritage. It is expected the schemes will support hundreds of projects while also creating over 44,000 days of employment.
The Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund support the owners and custodians of protected structures and those in Architectural Conservation Areas to meet their obligations to care for their properties.
Administered in conjunction with Local Authority Architectural Conservation Officers, Heritage Officers and Planning and Administrative staff, both schemes will assist hundreds of small-scale, labour-intensive projects as well as larger-scale projects to repair and conserve our historic built environment. The projects will also give significant support to local jobs in conservation, traditional skills and construction, providing a vital boost to local economies during challenging times. In addition, these schemes can unlock the potential to utilise heritage building stock and return it to residential use – an outcome which will be key to Housing for All, the Government’s far-reaching plan to create a sustainable housing system into the future.
Following on from the successful introduction of two pilot streams for vernacular structures and historic shopfronts in 2021, both streams have again been incorporated into Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2023.
The 2023 Built Heritage Investment Scheme will include ring-fenced funding of €500,000 for conservation repairs to eligible historic thatched structures to maximise the availability of financial assistance to such owners, helping them offset other costs.
All grant applications must be accompanied by a comprehensive method statement prepared by a conservation professional. The closing date for applications under both grant schemes is 4pm Tuesday 31st January 2023.
For further information or queries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BHIS & HSF FAQ:
Historic Structures Fund Application Form
Built Heritage Investment Scheme Application Form