Conservation Grants

Grants for Conservation of Protected Structures in 2020

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Historic Structures Fund are running in Laois in 2020. THE CLOSING DATE FOR THESE SCHEMES FOR 2020 HAS NOW PASSED. These schemes are administered by Laois County Council with funding from the Department for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Closing date for receipt of completed applications under both schemes was 31st January 2020.

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. Details of the 2020 scheme are below.

Full Scheme Terms and Conditions: BHIS 2020 Circular

Application Form: BHIS 2020 Appendix I – Application Form A


Funding of Projects

The minimum funding awarded for successful projects will be €2,500 up to a maximum of €15,000, at a match funding rate of 50%. Priority is given to small-scale, labour-intensive projects.

The Department is piloting a funding stream under this scheme for works of routine maintenance and minor repairs, which were not previously eligible for funding under the scheme.

For projects awarded funding under the pilot scheme for works of routine maintenance and minor repairs, the minimum amount will not apply. The maximum award for such projects will be €2,500.

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.

Details for the scheme are below. 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.

Scheme guidelines: Historic Structures Fund Circular HSF 2020

Application Form: HSF2020 – Appendix I – Form A (Applicant)

The closing date for applications under both schemes was 31st January 2020. 

For further information please contact:
Forward Planning Section, Laois County Council,
Áras An Chontae, Portlaoise, Co Laois. Email, phone 057-866 4000.