Conservation grants under Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) and Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2023 now open for application.
Wicklow County Council invites applications from owners of historic buildings, protected structures and structures within Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs) under the following two grant schemes as operated by the Department of Housing, Local government and Heritage;
Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2023, and the
Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2023.
The Built Heritage Investment Scheme will be administered from a total allocation for County Wicklow of €96,000. Grants of between €2,500 and €15,000 will be awarded, with applicants required to provide a minimum of 50% of total costs. Smaller grants to support the upkeep and maintenance of historic properties will also be considered, and up to €2,000 of the county allocation may be reserved for this purpose (subject to applications received).
The Historic Structures Fund focuses on caring for and restoring historic structures and buildings for the benefit of communities and the public.
There are three streams of funding:
- Stream 1 €15,000 - €50,000 (max. 80% funding) with a sub stream for Historic Shopfronts,
- Stream 2 €50,000 - €200,000 (50% of eligible costs) In exceptional circumstances a higher percentage may be sought, subject to a maximum of 80%
- Vernacular Structures - €5,000 - €10,000 (max. 80% funding)
Please note applicants cannot avail of funding under both the Historic Structures Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme in the same year.
Full details of each scheme including guidelines and application forms are available on www.wicklow.ie (under latest news) see below or by request from Wicklow County Council Planning Office Tel: 0404 20100, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
All completed applications (Form A) should to be clearly marked BHIS/HSF and returned by e mail to email@example.com or by post to: Planning Section, Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Wicklow Town.
Please note that the closing date for applications under both schemes is 4.00 pm Friday 27th Jan 2023