Conservation Grants


Grants for Conservation of Protected Structures in 2019

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Historic Structures Fund will run in Laois in 2019. These schemes are administered by Laois County Council with funding from the Department for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Applications under both schemes close on January 31st 2019. Only one application will be considered per structure (ie it is not possible to apply for funding under both schemes).

Built Heritage Investment Scheme

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme is designed to support owners and custodians in caring for our built heritage and ensuring that it is protected into the future. Buildings must be on the Laois Record of Protected Structures.

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 total amount available to Laois County Council in 2019 is €60,000.

Applications must be made to Laois County Council on the relevant application form (see below). All parts of the form must be completed, and incomplete forms will be returned.

Successful applicants will be required to submit regular progress reports it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all works are completed by the deadline of mid October 2019. Full details of all requirements are in the Circular BHIS 19/1.

Full Scheme Terms and Conditions: BHIS 2019 Circular

Application Form:

PDF Format: BHIS 2019 Appendix II – Application Form A

MS Word (editable) Format:  BHIS 2019 Appendix II – Application Form A

Details of works which qualify for funding: BHIS 2019 Appendix I – Qualifying and Non Qualifying Works

An Scéim Infheistíochta don Oidhreacht Thógtha 2019

BHIS 2019 Ciorclán Samhain 2018

BHIS 2019 Aguisín I – Oibreacha Cáilitheacha and Neamhcháilitheacha

BHIS 2019 Aguisín II – Foirm Iarratais A

 

Historic Structures Fund

The primary focus of the Historic Structures Fund will be on conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the benefit of communities and the public.

The SRF will operate in 2019 with total funding available nationally set at €1,824,000. The Fund will have two Streams:

  • 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 (funding of up to €1m for 2019 under this Stream). The maximum grant available in this stream will be 80% of the project costs.Applications should be made to Laois County Council – Each local authority may shortlist up to three projects in this category for consideration by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
  • 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 (funding of up to €1m for 2019 under this Stream). The maximum grant available in this stream will be 50% of the project costs.Applications should be made to Laois County Council – Each local authority may shortlist one project in this category for consideration by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Please note the requirement for an appropriately qualified conservation professional to oversee the works, and for a comprehensive and sound methodology to accompany the application.

Due to the high demand for grants, applications not meeting these criteria at the initial application stage will not be considered in 2019. Your attention is drawn to the fact that the absence of a suitably comprehensive method statement is a frequent cause of projects failing at assessment stage.

Scheme guidelines, qualifying works, selection criteria and other and conditions: Circular HSF 2019 – FINAL

Application Form

MS Word format:  Appendix I – APPLICATION FORM A – OWNER_APPLICANT

PDF Format: Appendix I – APPLICATION FORM A – OWNER_APPLICANT

An Ciste um Struchtúir Stairiúla 2019

HSF 2019 – Ciorclán Samhain 2018

HSF 2019 – Aguisín I – Foirm Iarratais d’Úinéirí

 

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 31st January 2019. 

All sections of the form must be completed by the applicant.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For further information please contact:
Lauren Heffernan, Forward Planning Section, Laois County Council,
Áras An Chontae, Portlaoise, Co Laois. Email lheffernan@laoiscoco.ie, phone 057-866 4114.