Funding for Architectural Heritage
Structures at Risk Fund 2017
The Department of the Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht affairs has announced details of a Structures at Risk Fund (SRF) for 2017.
The fund is intended to assist with works to safeguard structures protected under the Planning and Development Acts, proposed Protected Structures, and, in certain cases, works to structures within Architectural Conservation Areas, where, in the opinion of the Department, an urgent need for works to such structures has been demonstrated.
An Action Plan for the Sustainable Future of the Irish Historic House in Private Ownership was launched in December 2015 and sets out a roadmap of actions for this specific area of our architectural heritage. A total of €74,000 of the €824,000 being provided under the SRF will be allocated for the funding of the type of House covered by the action plan.
Due to the limited capital resources available for the operation of the SRF (€824,000 nationally), the Department will consider 2 applications per local authority (LA), only one of which may be for a publicly owned building, and a third application only if it relates to a historic house.
The minimum level of funding available under the SRF will be €15,000 to a maximum grant of €30,000. The minimum level of funding for a historic house in private ownership is €5,000, to a maximum of €10,000. The total value of funding available for each individual project shall not exceed 80% of the total project cost.
Only structures in immediate danger of significant deterioration will qualify for consideration for funding. The fund is not intended to assist in the carrying out of routine maintenance, alterations or improvements.
The successful applicants will be required to provide details of the employment generated by the project when claiming the funding.
Details and application forms may be downloaded below, or on request from the Planning Department, Meath County Council and Municipal District offices.
Applications should be sent to: Louise Hand, Planning Department, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for receipt of application is 28th February 2017
Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2017
The Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) operated by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs will operate again in 2017 with a total of €2 million in funding nationally.
Meath County Council has received an allocation of €50,000 under this scheme and is inviting applications.
The fund is intended to assist with works to safeguard structures protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and, in certain cases, works to structures within Architectural Conservation Areas.
Priority will be given to small-scale, labour-intensive projects which should demonstrate a range of conservation skills and support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople and tradespersons in the repair of the historic built environment.
The minimum level of funding awarded will be €2,500 up to a maximum of €10,000 per project. A minimum of 50% match funding is required.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 28th February 2017
Application forms and details of the scheme may be downloaded below, or are available on request from:
Louise Hand, Planning Department, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath
Phone: 046-9097518 email: email@example.com
All applications should be sent by post or e-mail to the address above.
The Record of Protected Structures can be viewed on line at:
Traditional Building and Conservation Skill and Trades Register
In dealing with a historic building for anything other than routine maintenance, professional input is essential and tradesmen with traditional skills are needed. Using incorrect, inappropriate or unnecessary methods and materials can do a great deal of expensive damage.
The list below is not comprehensive and is being continually updated. The inclusion of a professional consultant, craftsman or tradesman on this list is not an indication of Local Authority approval of their skill or experience, merely that they have represented themselves as having such skills.
List of Financial Aids in County Meath pdf, 72kb