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Financial Support for Protected Structures and Buildings within Architectural Conservation Areas

The Community Monuments Fund 2021

Building on the inaugural Community Monuments Fund 2020 granted by the National Monuments Service of  the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the 2021 Community Monuments Fund will continue the investment in our valuable archaeological heritage.  The 2021 Fund aims to assist the owners and custodians of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public.

The 2021 Fund will invest a total of €2,000,000 in the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of archaeological monuments. It will:

  • enable conservation works to be carried out on monuments which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support;
  • encourage access to monuments and improve their presentation;
  • build resilience in our monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change

The Community Monuments Fund has 3 Streams:

1.           Stream 1 will offer grants up to €85,000 aimed at essential repairs and capital works for the conservation and repair of archaeological monuments (Total €1,000,000 available)

2.           Stream 2 will offer grants of up to €30,000 for development of Conservation Management Plans/Reports that are aimed at identifying measures for conservation of archaeological monuments and improving public access. (Total €550,000 available.

3.           Stream 3 will offer grants of up to €30,000 for enhancement of access infrastructure and interpretation (including virtual/online) at archaeological monuments (including COVID 19 public health measures). (Total €450,000 available)

Full details of the Fund including Explanatory Memorandum, Application Dates, Application Form, and Appraisal Form are available at : https://www.gov.ie/en/circular/4090a-circular-cmf2021-community-monuments-fund-2021/

Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2021

Financial Support for Protected Structures and Buildings within Architectural Conservation Areas

After another successful year during 2020 of the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS).  The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage is operating the BHIS again for 2021. 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 2021 is €72,000.

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 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 BHIS21/1 for full details). Works approved under this scheme must meet all statutory requirements including the need for planning permission, where appropriate.

Applications under this fund 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, Wednesday 24th February 2021.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Historic Structure Fund (HSF) 2021

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has launched the Historic Structures Fund 2020 to run 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.  There are a number of changes to the scheme, as set out in the HSF Guidance Circular.  The principal change for 2021 is the introduction of two pilot streams:

The Historic Structures Fund 2021 will have four Streams:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 €3m for 2021 under this Stream).
  3. Pilot Stream for Vernacular Structures - In the context of the forthcoming strategy for built vernacular, a pilot stream for vernacular structures is being introduced for 2021, with funding of €50,000. The purpose of the stream is to support conservation repairs and small capital works to vernacular structures that are not listed in local authority Records of Protected Structures or otherwise legally protected. Such structures may be located within an Architectural Conservation Area. All local authorities can apply for funding for specific projects of between €5,000 and €10,000 for eligible projects.
  4. Pilot Stream for Historic Shopfronts – To incentivise the conservation of historic shop fronts, each Local Authority is invited to submit an additional application under Stream 1 for eligible essential repairs and small capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of historic shop facades, windows, signage and other associated details to safeguard them and keep them in use.

Circular HSF/2021 ‘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.

Applicants cannot avail of funding under both the Historic Structures Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme in the same year.

Applications under this fund 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, Wednesday 24th February 2021.

Late applications will not be accepted.

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