Funding available for historic buildings in Laois

Laois County Council and Minister Madigan announce 2019 Historic Structures Fund and Built Heritage Investment Scheme.

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund will support the owners and custodians of protected structures in every local authority area across the country in 2019 as they carry out hundreds of small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve our historic built environment. The projects will also provide vital support for local jobs in conservation, traditional skills and construction.

Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said: “I am delighted to announce the 2019 schemes are now open for applications. These two schemes represent an investment by my Department of up to €4.3 million to support more than 500 built heritage projects across the country in 2019.

“As part of the Estimates process this year, I made a firm commitment to increase the number of projects which could be supported under my Department’s very popular Built Heritage grant schemes. I am delivering on that commitment today.”

Cllr John King, Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council said “These schemes are a great boost to owners of historic properties and also bring a benefit to the county in terms of supporting construction jobs and traditional skills. I urge all owners and community groups to check out the details on the Laois County Council website and ensure they make the most of this opportunity”

Applications open from today until 31 January 2019. Details of the schemes and how to apply are available on the Laois County Council website and the Department’s website

Main Street of Portlaoise showing old buildings

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


Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2019

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2019, has funding to the value of €60,000 for County Laois, to help owners of protected structures, proposed protected structures and structures in Architectural Conservation Areas. Grants range between €2,500 and €15,000 at a 50% match funding rate. Closing Date for applications: 31st January 2019.

Historic Structures Fund 2019

As part of the Investing in our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018-2027, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht have announced the Historic Structures Fund 2019 with a total countrywide fund available of €1.8 million. The primary focus will be the conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the benefit of communities and the public. Closing date for applications: 31st January 2019.

Both schemes are open for applications until 31 January 2019. If you require further assistance, please contact the Planning Office of Laois County Council. Further details here.