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2019 Funding for Repairs/Conservation Works to Protected Structures or Structures Within an Architectural Conservation Area
Fingal County Council is now accepting applications for three schemes to carry out repairs to Protected Structures, and in certain cases, works to structures within Architectural Conservation Areas. Generally the amount of funding awarded cannot exceed 50% of the cost of works up to a maximum amount under each of the schemes (so the cost of works will need to be double the amounts set out). The closing date for receipt of applications for all three schemes is by 5pm on Thursday 31st January 2019. Application forms along with relevant supplementary material should be emailed to [email protected] in either Word or pdf format. The size of the email should not exceed 15MB.
HISTORIC STRUCTURES FUND (HSF) - Level of Funding: STREAM 1Minimum €15,000 - Maximum €50,000; STREAM 2 Minimum €50,000 - Maximum €200,000
HSF is a new scheme that replaces the Structures at Risk Fund. The primary focus of this new scheme is the conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the benefit of communities and the public. Protected Structures, proposed Protected Structures and in certain cases, works to structures within Architectural Conservation Areas are eligible. Fingal County Council facilitates the initial applications but the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht operates and determines the final list of nationwide projects to be granted funding. Under Stream 1 the Department will consider only 3 applications per local authority from private owners or community groups and 1 application for a public building. Under Stream 2 only 1 application per local authority from private owners or community groups and 1 application for a public building can be put forward. It is a requirement of the scheme that works are overseen by an appropriately qualified conservation professional and for a comprehensive methodology to be submitted with the application.
The Guidance Circular on the Historic Structures Fund 2019, which explains the scheme and the Application Form, are available to download.
BUILT HERITAGE INVESTMENT SCHEME (BHIS) - Level of Funding: Minimum €2,500 - Maximum €15,000
BHIS is a scheme operated by each local authority to assist with the repair and conservation of Protected Structures, and in certain cases, works to structures within Architectural Conservation Areas. Fingal County Council has a fund of €60,000 to allocate in 2019 and so applications will be assessed and prioritised on the basis of: Significance of the Structure; Effectiveness of the Works; Employment Benefits.
The Guidance Circular on the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2019, which explains the scheme and the Application Form, are available to download.
FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL’S ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE FUND “STITCH IN TIME GRANT” - Level of Funding: Minimum €100 - Maximum €2,500
Fingal County Council operates a fund out of its own budget for minor repair/maintenance works or restoration of features to Protected Structures and historic buildings of merit in Architectural Conservation Areas. This is for works that cost under €5,000. See the leaflet below for information on the types of works covered by this scheme and the Application Form is available to download.
The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government offers and operates its own small grants towards the cost of renovating thatched roofs of owner occupied houses. For more information on this scheme please check the Department’s website https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/grantsfinancial-assistance/thatching-grant/thatching-grants
Architectural Conservation Officer,
Fingal County Council,
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