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Architectural conservation grant schemes

Financial aids for protected structures and historic buildings.

Heritage Council – Grants programme

There are three Heritage Council Community Grants advertised each October.

Projects must be completed within year awarded.

Further information and applications forms are available at and from: 
Heritage Council, 
Co. Kilkenny.
(056) 7770777

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht - Structures at Risk Grant Scheme

This grant scheme is designed to support conservation works on protected structures or buildings in Architectural Conservation Areas in private and civic ownership in immediate danger of significant deterioration.  Limited applications are considered from each county and full details of the 2018 scheme is available as follows:

  • Structures at Risk Fund 2018

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht - Built Heritage Investment Scheme

This grant scheme supports the built heritage and encourages small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve protected structures and buildings in architectural conservation areas. Funding is announced annually and full details of the 2018 scheme is available as follows: 

  • Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2018

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Department of Environment - Thatching grant

Operated by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Local Authority may have some input. For works of renovation to thatched roofs which are at least 10 years old. The house must be in use as a normal place of residence (holiday homes are not eligible). A grant of two thirds of the approved cost, up to a maximum of €3,810, is available; a higher level of assistance of up to €5,714 is available for houses on specified offshore islands. Householders with a medical card may be eligible for thatching grants up to a maximum of €6,350 (or €8,253 in the case of houses on the offshore islands). In such cases the grant may cover up to 80% of the approved cost of works subject to the maximum grant.

Applications forms at or from:

Housing Grants Section,
Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government,
Government Buildings,
Co. Mayo
Telephone: (096) 24200
Locall: 1890 305030
Fax: (096) 24313

No closing date.

Traditional farm buildings - REPS 4 – New scheme

Operated by the Heritage Council for the Department of Agriculture, Marine & Food. For REPS 4 farmers only, for the repair and conservation of traditional farm outbuildings, not main residence.

Grants will range from approximately €5,000 - €20,000 up to 75% of cost of works. Expect to fund 40 projects nationwide. Not allowed to be combined with other grants funded by the Exchequer. Works must be completed between June of year of application and May of following year.

Applications forms available at and from:
Heritage Council,
Co. Kilkenny.
(056) 7770777

Irish Georgian Society – Grants

Operated by the Irish Georgian Society for repair and conservation of special aspects of our heritage from all eras (not just Georgian). 

For application forms and information contact the:

Irish Georgian Society,
74 Merrion Square,
Dublin 2
Telephone (353 1) 676 7053

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Revenue - Section 482

Operated by the Revenue Commissioners under Section 482 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997. Tax relief for expenditure on works of repair, maintenance or restoration to historic properties and gardens. Must have taxable income. An approved garden may operate independently of a building. Main condition is that the building or garden is open to the public for a minimum of 60 days a year, 40 of which have to be between 1 May – 30 September; a reasonable entrance fee may be charged. Useful for historic buildings whose normal business involves being open to the public, such as a shop, pub, gallery or artist’s studio.

Applications forms and information at

No closing date.

Revenue - Commercial property – Tax relief 

Operated by the Revenue Commissioners as tax relief on income generated from property in respect of capital expenditure on property.

Information from

Clare County Council - Reduction in development contributions for protected structures and Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs)

Operated by the Planning Department of Clare County Council. Where a protected structure applies for planning permission it benefits from a 100% reduction in development contributions where the ‘restoration or refurbishment’ of the building is carried out to a ‘high conservation standard’. Buildings in ACA's may benefit from a 50% reduction.

Part L exemption and BER (Building Energy Rating) exemption for protected structures

Protected structures are exempt from compliance with Part L (Energy Conservation) of the Building Regulations. They also do not require a BER (Building Energy Rating) certificate when being sold, leased or rented.

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 13/12/17