Historic Structures Fund 2022 and Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2022

Open for Applications

Roscommon County Council is seeking applications from those interested in availing of the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) and Historic Structures Fund (HSF) for 2022.

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) seeks to leverage private capital for investment in a significant number of labour intensive, small scale conservation projects and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople and trades persons in the repair of the historic built environment. This scheme is being developed to assist with the repair and conservation of structures that are protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended).

The minimum funding awarded for successful BHIS projects will be €2,500 up to a maximum of €15,000. Priority should be given to small-scale, labour-intensive projects. Projects should demonstrate a range of conservation skills, and should not be concentrated in a particular geographical area or on a particular type of structure.

For 2022, the BHIS includes a pilot scheme for works of routine maintenance and minor repairs for which the minimum amount will not apply. The maximum award for such projects will be €2,500.

 

The primary focus of the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) is on conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the broader 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 and support the investment of private capital in labour-intensive projects to conserve historic structures in public and private ownership for community use.

For 2022, the HSF includes a streams for Vernacular Structures and Historic Shopfronts. The vernacular structures stream will fund what can be termed ‘informal’ traditional buildings, which are a significant part of our intangible cultural heritage. The historic shopfront stream will incentivise the conservation of historic shopfronts and will fund small capital works to their facades, windows, signage and other associated details. Local Authorities may only put one application forward to the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage for consideration under these streams.

BHIS & HSF Scheme information - circulars & application forms are available below, scroll down.

If you are unsure which scheme to apply for, you may apply for both schemes and we’ll see which scheme has the best chance of success for you.

If you have further queries, please contact:

The Heritage Office, Phone 090 6637228,  emailheritage@roscommoncoco.ie

 

All applications shall be marked “Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2022” or “Historic Structures Fund 2022” as appropriate and submitted to Heritage Office, Roscommon County Council, Àras an Chontae, Roscommon F42 VR98 or emailed to heritage@roscommoncoco.ie before 5pm on Friday 28th January 2022.

If you need to find a conservation architect you should find one here https://www.riai.ie/work-with-an-architect/find-an-architect

 For advice on care and conservation of your historic building check out the ADVICE SERIES publications which you can find here https://www.buildingsofireland.ie/resources/ 

Also

https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/advice-and-guidance/traditional-building-skills 

 https://www.buildingsofireland.ie/app/uploads/2019/10/Architectural-Heritage-Protection-Guidelines-for-Planning-Authorities-2011.pdf  

https://www.opr.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Planning-Leaflet-12-A-Guide-to-Architectural-Heritage.pdf