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HISTORIC STRUCTURES FUND (HSF) 2020

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has launched the Historic Structures Fund 2020 again this year.  This will be administered by Irenie McLoughlin, Architectural Conservation Officer of South Dublin County Council.

The primary focus of the Historic Structures Fund is on caring for and restoring historic structures and buildings for the benefit of communities and the public.

The core aims of this fund are to: 
enable larger scale conservation works to be carried out on heritage structures which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support;  encourage the regeneration and reuse of heritage properties and to help to secure the preservation of protected structures and/or historic-culturally significant assets; 
support the investment of private capital in labour-intensive projects to conserve historic structures in public and private ownership for community use.

The Historic Structures Fund will have two Streams:

  • Stream 1 will offer grants from €15,000 up to €50,000 and is aimed at essential repairs and smaller capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of heritage structures (funding of up to €1m for 2020 under this Stream).
  • Stream 2 will offer a small number of grants from €50,000 up to €200,000 for larger enhancement, refurbishment or reuse projects involving heritage structures, where a clear community or public benefit has been demonstrated (funding of up to €1m for 2020 under this Stream).

Circular HSF/2020 ‘Historic Structures Fund’ sets out the operation of the scheme and includes the relevant application forms. The Circular should be read carefully as there are various changes compared to the previous scheme. 

Applications under this scheme may be made by email planningdept@SDUBLINCOCO.ie or by post to
Architectural Conservation,  
Land-Use Planning and Transportation Department,
South Dublin County Council,
County Hall,
Tallaght,
Dublin 24.

Please note that the deadline for submissions for completed applications to South Dublin County Council is before 5pm, 31st January 2020.

Late applications will not be accepted.

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Financial Support for Protected Structures and buildings within Architectural Conservation Areas

BUILT HERITAGE INVESTMENT SCHEME 2020

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is operating the ‘Built Heritage Investment Scheme’ again for 2020. This will be administered by Irenie McLoughlin, Architectural Conservation Officer of South Dublin County Council. The allocation for South Dublin County Council under the scheme for 2020 is €60,000.

The fund is intended to assist with works to safeguard structures protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and, in certain cases, works to structures within Architectural Conservation Areas, and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals and tradespeople. The fund is not intended to assist in the carrying out of routine maintenance, alterations, improvements or pre-existing works.

South Dublin County Council are inviting owners of Protected Structures and buildings within Architectural Conservation Areas to apply.  Applications can be lodged for grants of between €2,500 up to a maximum of €15,000, with applicants required to provide a minimum of 50% of total costs. 

One significant change this year under BHIS is the introduction of a pilot stream for works of routine maintenance and minor repairs, which were not previously eligible for funding under the scheme. For projects awarded funding under the pilot scheme for works of routine maintenance and minor repairs, the minimum amount will not apply. The maximum award for such projects will be €2,500.

Please ensure the works to be applied for qualify under details of the scheme (See Guidance Circular BHIS19/1 for full details). Works approved under this scheme must meet all statutory requirements including the need for planning permission, where appropriate.

Applications under this scheme may be made by email planningdept@SDUBLINCOCO.ie or by post to
Architectural Conservation,
Land-Use Planning and Transportation Department,
South Dublin County Council, County Hall,
Tallaght,
Dublin 24.

Please note that the deadline for submission of completed applications to South Dublin County Council is before 5pm, 31st January 2020.

Late applications will not be accepted.

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