While the primary responsibility to care for and maintain a protected structure rests with the owner, the Historic Structures Fund will invest essential capital in our valuable built heritage and help the owners and custodians of historic structures to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public. There are almost fifty thousand protected structures around the country. Many of these are in great need of investment to ensure their preservation and continued use so that they remain a living part of our history and community life into the future.
- Stream 1 will offer grants between €15,000 and €50,000 for essential repairs and small capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of historic structures.
- Stream 2 will offer grants from €50,000 up to €200,000 for larger enhancement or significant refurbishment projects involving historic structures, where a clear benefit to the community and the public has been demonstrated. Funding under Stream 2 may be phased over two years
- The maximum grant available for Stream 1 will be 80% of the eligible costs.
- The maximum grant available for Stream 2 will generally be 50% of the eligible costs; however, in exceptional circumstances applicants may seek a higher percentage of eligible costs, subject to a maximum overall rate of 80%.
- Applicants will be required to provide evidence of the availability of matching funding and works must be completed and paid for before payment is made by the Department.
Funding for the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) is being made available as part of Project Ireland 2040. Total funding available nationally under the Historic Structures fund in 2020 will be €1,824,000.
The closing date for applications under the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2020 is Friday, 31st January 2020 at 4pm