Funding announced for conservation of historic buildings

Built Heritage Investment Scheme & Historic Structures Fund 2020

Laois County Council invites applications under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) & Historic Structures Fund (HSF) for 2020, funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme seeks to encourage the leveraging of private capital to invest in a number of small scale, labour intensive projects to repair and conserve Protected Structures and in certain cases, for the conservation of structures within Architectural Conservation Areas, and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftworkers and tradespeople.

Conservation grants can benefit the built heritage of our towns, villages and countryside.

The Historic Structures Fund assists with works to safeguard structures or parts of structures in immediate danger of significant deterioration. Full details of all requirements and works which qualify for funding are contained in the Circular for each scheme.

Applications must be made in hard copy only, clearly marked “Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2020” or “Historic Structures Fund 2020” and addressed to the Forward Planning Department, Laois County Council, Aras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co Laois. The closing date for submission for both schemes is noon on Friday 31st January 2020.

Full Scheme Terms and Conditions including application forms are available to download here, or by contacting Laois County Council, ph 057-866 4051, email