Funding for Conservation of Heritage Buildings

Sligo County Council wishes to invite applications under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2023 and the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2023 as operated by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Both schemes will be administered by Sligo County Council.

Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2023

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme will be administered from a total national allocation of €4.5m. Grants of between €2,500 and €15,000 will be awarded, with applicants required to provide a minimum of 50% of total costs.

A pilot funding stream for works of routine maintenance and minor repairs will also apply under BHIS 2023. The maximum award for such projects will be €2,500.

Full details on the terms and conditions of the scheme are available on the links below:

BHIS 2023 Circular (PDF) - 1,130 kbs  PDF
BHIS 2023 Guidance Booklet for Applicants (PDF) - 1,291 kbs  PDF
BHIS 2023 Guidance Application Form (PDF) - 732 kbs  PDF
BHIS 2023 Appendix 1 – Application Form A (PDF) - 325 kbs  PDF
BHIS 2023 Appendix 1 - Application Form A (MS Word) - 889 kbs  WORD
BHIS HSF 2023 FAQ - 522 kbs  PDF

Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2023

The Historic Structures Fund will be administered from a total national allocation of €4.5m. There are a number of funding streams with different requirements:

StreamAvailable FundingMax Grant
Stream 1 Smaller capital works €15,000 - €50,000 Max:  80% of eligible costs
Stream 1 Historic Shopfronts sub-stream €15,000 - €50,000 Max:  80% of eligible costs
Stream 2 Community Benefit €50,000 - €200,000
Can be phased over two years
Max:  50% of eligible costs.  In exceptional circumstances, a higher percentage may be sought, subject to a max of 80%
Projects in Partnership To be determined on a case by case basis. Max:  50% of the project costs
Vernacular Structures Stream €5,000 - €10,000 Max:  80% of eligible costs

 

Full details on the terms and conditions of the scheme are available on the links below:

 

HSF 2023 Circular.pdf - 1,058 kbs  PDF
HSF 2023 Guidance Booklet for Applicants (PDF) - 831 kbs  PDF
HSF 2023 Guidance Application Form.pdf - 1,018 kbs  PDF
HSF 2023 Appendix I - Form A (Applicant) - 361 kbs  PDF
HSF 2023 Appendix I - Form A (Applicant) - 145 kbs  WORD
BHIS HSF 2023 FAQ - 522 kbs  PDF

Eligible Structures for the above grant schemes (BHIS and HSF) include:

  • Protected Structures: Structures included in the Record of Protected Structures (RPS) of each Local Authority area.
  • Proposed Protected Structures: Structures proposed for inclusion in the RPS but not yet formally approved.  Such structures must be added to the RPS by 31 December 2023.
  • Structures in Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs) or within the amenity of a National Monument, where exceptional circumstances are deemed by the Department to apply.

Applicants should read the guidelines and be familiar with the qualifying criteria and conditions of the relevant scheme.

All applications under both grant schemes must be accompanied by a comprehensive method statement prepared by a conservation professional.

Applications must be clearly marked Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2023 or Historic Structures Fund 2023 as applicable and emailed to conservation@sligococo.ie.  Alternatively, hard copy applications can be sent to:  Heritage Office, Sligo County Council, City Hall, Quay Street, Sligo, F91 PP44.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 4pm Tuesday 31st January 2023.

For further information please contact:  Heritage Office, Sligo County Council on:

Tel:  071-9114482 / 071-9114440 or email:  conservation@sligococo.ie