Financial Assistance for Architectural Heritage
Financial Assistance & Capital Programmes
Resources available for the conservation and restoration of heritage properties available from Built Heritage and Architectural Policy. This funding is provided via a number of schemes, either directly administered or delivered through other Departments, local authorities and agencies. The section also administers the determinations for Section 482 Tax Relief.
There are two schemes which are funded by the Department, the Structures at Risk Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme . Applications can only be made via your local authority. Applications for both schemes were accepted throughout the month of February and a full list of projects approved for support in 2017 is available here
Any queries about the schemes should be directed to the relevant local authority (the Architectural Conservation Officer or other person in the local authority dealing with the schemes).
Application forms and further details of the schemes (funding available, terms and conditions etc.) can be found on the local authority websites. Summary information on the schemes themselves:
Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) : for the repair and conservation of structures that are protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended). This scheme aims to support a significant number of labour-intensive, small-scale conservation projects across the country and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople and tradespersons in the repair of the historic built environment. The scheme for this year is open for applications throughout the month of February. Details and application forms etc. are available from your local authority
Structures at Risk Fund (SRF): helps with conservation works to heritage structures, in both private and public ownership, that are protected under the Planning and Development Acts and are deemed to be at significant risk of deterioration. This fund is again administered through the local authorities and seeks to encourage the regeneration and reuse of heritage properties, and give support to owners/occupiers in their long-term commitment to securing the future of the architectural heritage which might otherwise be lost. The scheme for this year is open for applications throughout the month of February. Application forms and further information about the scheme are available from the local authorities.
NOTE: In the context of a particular building, especially one on the Record of Protected Structures, the best advice for the owner may be to contact the Architectural Conservation Officer from the Local Authority. They will be able to advise on the various types of funding available to assist with the building.
Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme: An initial once off scheme, in 2014, to assist with works to safeguard structures, in private and civic ownership, protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended. Following an initial capital investment by the Department of €5m in 2014, a total of €15m was leveraged and invested in 540 historic structures across the country. The scheme was administered by the local authorities. A report was prepared on the scheme in 2015 and is available at the link below.
The Heritage Council, which the Department funds, operates a Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme. The scheme, which supports the continuing conservation and development of Irish heritage through local community based groups, is expected to generate total investment of more than €1 million.
Built Heritage and Architectural Policy,
Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs,
Telephone: +353 (0)1 888 2465 and 353 (0)1 888 2428