Grants for Conservation of Protected Structures in 2018
The Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Structures at Risk Fund are in operation in Laois in 2018. These schemes are administered by Laois County Council with funding from the Department for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Funding allocations were announced in April, and full details of grants in Laois are here.
Under the Structures at Risk Fund, two Laois buildings were successful in attracting funding – Roundwood House in Mountrath (€15,000) and Midland House, Main Street, Portlaoise (€22,000).
The Built Heritage Investment Scheme is for more routine maintenance, and funding was allocated through this scheme to 11 properties across Laois. The total fund for the BHIS across County Laois in 2018 is €50,000.
The schemes are now closed to new applicants. For information only, scheme documents for 2018 are below.
Built Heritage Investment Scheme
All works carried out under the BHIS must be capital works. Full details of all requirements are in the Circular BHIS 18/1.
The total amount available to Laois County Council is €50,000.
The total funding available for each individual project cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost. The minimum funding available under the BHIS will be €2,500 up to a maximum grant of €15,000.
The closing date for receipt of completed applications was 31st January 2018.
Full Scheme Terms and Conditions: BHIS 2018 Circular November 2017
Application Form (pdf format): BHIS 2018 Appendix II – Application Form A
Application Form (MS Word format): BHIS 2018 Appendix II – Application Form A
Details of works which qualify for funding: BHIS 2018 Appendix I – Qualifying and Non Qualifying Works
Scheme Documents in Irish
Structures at Risk Fund
All works carried out under the SRF must be capital works. Only structures or parts of structures in immediate danger of significant deterioration will qualify for consideration for funding.
The SRF will operate in 2018 with funding available to the amount of €1,324,000.
Due to the limited resources available for the operation of the scheme in 2018, DCHG will consider four applications per local authority, only one of which may be a publicly-owned building. A fifth application may be made if it relates to an Irish Historic House in private ownership.
The total funding available for each individual project shall not exceed 80% of the total project cost. The minimum funding available under the SRF will be €15,000 up to a maximum grant of €30,000. The minimum funding available for a fifth project in respect of a historic house in private ownership will be €5,000 up to a maximum of €10,000. The closing date for applications was 31st January 2018.
Full Scheme Terms and Conditions: 1. Circular SRF 2018 – FINAL
Application Form (pdf format): SRF Application Form A (pdf)
Application Form (MS Word format): SRF Application Form A (Word)
All applicants for the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Structures at Risk Fund must work with a suitably qualified conservation professional (conservation architect, engineer or related discipline) in the planning and implementation of conservation works. See below “Sources of Advice” for details on how to source professionals.
Details of projects funded nationally under each scheme are at the website of the Department for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.