Conservation Grants


Grants for Conservation of Protected Structures in 2021

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Historic Structures Fund are now open for 2021 applications. Both schemes are administered by Laois County Council with funding from the Department for Housing, Local Government and Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Closing date for receipt of completed applications under both schemes is 29th JANUARY 2021.

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 2021 scheme are below.

Full Scheme Terms and Conditions: BHIS 2021 Circular

Application Forms:

Pdf format – BHIS-2021-Application-Form-A-LAOIS

MS Word Format – BHIS-2021-Application-Form-A-LAOIS

 

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.

The Historic Structures Fund 2021 will have several streams with different requirements:

Stream Available Funding What will be funded Maximimum Grant Number of Applications per local Authority Requirement to be on RPS or in ACA
Stream 1
Smaller capital works
Grants between €15,000 and €50,000 Essential repairs and small capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of historic structures to safeguard the structure and keep it in use. 80% of eligible costs max 3 Yes
Pilot Historic Shopfonts Grants between €15,000 and €50,000 Essential repairs and small capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of historic shop facades, windows, signage and other associated details to safeguard them and keep them in use. 80% of eligible costs max. 1 Yes
Pilot Historic Irish Language Shopfront Grants between €15,000 and €50,000 for essential repairs and small capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of historic Irish-language shop facades, windows, signage and other associated details to safeguard them and keep them in use. 80% of eligible costs max. 1 Yes
Stream 2
Community Benefit
Grants between €50,000 and €200,000. Grants may be phased over two years. Larger enhancement or significant refurbishment projects involving historic structures, where a clear benefit to the community and the public has been demonstrated. 50% of eligible costs. In exceptional circumstances a higher percentage may be sought, up to a max of 80%. 1 Yes
Stream 3
Vernacular Buildings
Grants between €5,000 and €10,000 Essential repairs and small capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of vernacular structures to safeguard the structure and keep it in use. 80% of eligible costs max. 1 No

Full details are in the Scheme Guidelines below.

Scheme guidelines: Historic Structures Fund 2021 – Circular

Application Forms:

Pdf format – HSF2021-Form-A-LAOIS

MS Word Format – HSF2021-Form-A-LAOIS

All applications under the Historic Structures fund must be accompanied by a completed form A and a comprehensive method statement prepared by a conservation professional.

The closing date for applications under both schemes is 29th January 2021. 

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