Historic Structures Fund

Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2020 – Announcement

Leitrim County Council wishes to invite applications under the above funding scheme as operated by the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht. 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; to encourage the regeneration and reuse of heritage properties and to help to secure the preservation of protected structures and/or historic-culturally significant assets;  to support the investment of private capital in labour-intensive projects to conserve historic structures in public and private ownership for community use. 

The Department encourages project promoters to incorporate a traditional skills training element in the project.

The Historic Structures Fund will have two 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.

Who Can Apply?

The Historic Structures Fund provides capital funding for works to qualifying structures which include the following:

(i)     Protected Structures: Structures in the Record of Protected Structures (RPS) of each Local Authority;

(ii)   Structures eligible for or proposed for inclusion in the RPS but not yet formally approved for inclusion. Such structures must meet the criteria for inclusion in the RPS by the Local Authority, i.e. must be of special interest from an architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, scientific, social or technical point of view;

(iii) Structures or works within Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs), or within the amenity of a National Monument, where exceptional circumstances apply.

This Grants scheme will be administered by Leitrim County Council. Applicants should read the Guidelines and be familiar with the qualifying criteria and conditions of the scheme.

The HSF Scheme Guidelines and Application form, can be found below:

Historic Structures Fund 2020 Application Form

Historic Structures Fund 2020 Guidance Circular

 The latest date for receipt of completed applications is 4.00 p.m. on Friday 31st January 2020. For further information please contact the Planning Department, Leitrim County Council,  Aras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim. Telephone 071 965045. Email planning@leitrimcoco.ie.

Applications should be sent to the following address:

Historic Structures Fund, The Planning Department, Leitrim County Council, Aras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Applicants who apply under the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) cannot also apply under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS).

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