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2023 Historic Structures Fund and Built Heritage Investment Schemes

16 November 2022

Submission deadline: Friday January 27, 2023

Minister Noonan announces €9m in funding for built heritage projects

Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, launched on Wednesday 16th November the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund for 2023.

With combined funding of €9m, the 2023 schemes represent a significant investment in the preservation of Ireland’s built heritage. It is expected the BHIS and HSF will support hundreds of projects and create over 50,000 days of employment for skilled conservation professionals and craftspeople.

Announcing the 2023 schemes, Minister of State Noonan said:

“Supporting our communities in their efforts to repair, preserve and restore our built heritage takes significant time, care, expertise, and investment. I am therefore delighted to announce that applications are now open for both the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Historic Structures Fund for 2023, with combined funding of €9m. This 12.5% increase on last year underlines this Government’s commitment to the continuing protection and preservation of our built environment, in line with the goals set out in Heritage Ireland 2030, the new national heritage plan, which I launched earlier this year.”

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund will support owners and custodians of protected structures in every local authority area across the country. Together, the schemes will assist hundreds of small-scale, labour-intensive projects as well as larger-scale projects to repair and conserve our historic built environment. These projects will also give significant support to local jobs in conservation and traditional skills.

The funding announced by Minister Noonan includes a total of €4.5 million for the Built Heritage Investment Scheme, and €4.5 million for the Historic Structures Fund.

The 2023 Historic Structures Fund will include two streams first introduced in 2021: one for vernacular structures and another for historic shopfronts.

The vernacular stream will provide total funding of €150,000 for conservation repairs and small capital works to eligible vernacular structures – structures built through traditional local methods (see note below) - that are not listed in local authority Records of Protected Structures or otherwise legally protected.

The shopfront stream, which runs in conjunction with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, includes shared funding of €50,000 for the conservation of shopfronts in the Irish language.

The 2023 Built Heritage Investment Scheme will include ring-fenced funding of €500,000 for conservation repairs to eligible historic thatched structures to maximise the availability of financial assistance to such owners, helping them offset other costs.

In 2022, 594 projects were funded by the two schemes, ranging from minor essential repairs of rainwater goods to large-scale roof repairs.

Applications are now open and will run until 27th January 2023. Details and documentation of the schemes and how to apply are available below:

Closing Date

Friday January 27, 2023

Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2023

Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2023

Contact

Architectural Conservation Section
Planning Department
Clare County Council
New Road Ennis
Co Clare
Telephone: 065 6846407 6846451
Email: forwardplan@clarecoco.ie

Page last updated: 16/11/22

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