Funding for Conservation of Heritage Buildings

Sligo County Council wishes to invite applications under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2022 and the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2022 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) 2022

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme will be administered from a total national allocation of €4m.  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 2021.  The maximum award for such projects will be €2,500.

Eligible Structures 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 2022.
  • Structures in Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs) or within the amenity of a National Monument, where exceptional circumstances apply.

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

BHIS 2022 Circular (PDF) - 1,114 kbs  PDF
BHIS 2022 – Application Form A (PDF) - 1,114 kbs  PDF
BHIS 2022 – Application Form A (DocX) - 26 kbs  WORD

Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2022

The Historic Structures Fund will be administered from a total national allocation of €4m.  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 English €15,000 - €50,000 Max:  80% of eligible costs
Stream 1 Historic Shopfronts Irish €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

 

Eligible Structures include:

  • Projects proposed by Local Authorities on foot of applications from private applicants who are the owners or custodians of historic structures.
  • Projects proposed by a Local Authority for works to historic structures in public ownership, where a clear heritage focus and community or public benefit has been demonstrated.
  • Projects with a clearly defined heritage focus and community or public benefit proposed directly to the Department by a State-funded organisation working in the heritage area.

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

HSF 2022 Circular (PDF) - 1,048 kbs  PDF
HSF 2022 – Appendix 1 – Form A (Applicant) (PDF) - 213 kbs  PDF
HSF 2022 Appendix 1 – Form A (Applicant) (DocX) - 91 kbs  WORD

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 2022 or Historic Structures Fund 2022 as applicable and emailed to conservation@sligococo.ie.  Alternatively, hard copy applications can be sent to:  Planning Section, Sligo County Council, City Hall, Quay Street, Sligo, F91 PP44.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 4pm Monday 31st January 2022.

For further information please contact:  Planning Section, Sligo County Council on:

Telephone:  071 911 4443 / 071 911 4440 or email:  conservation@sligococo.ie