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Funding for Built Heritage under BHIS and HSF

Tuesday 1 December 2020

Funding for Built Heritage under BHIS and HSF

Applications invited by 29th Jan 2021

Wicklow County Council welcomes the recent announcement from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage of an expanded programme of built heritage funding for the conservation of historic properties.   Added to the scheme for 2021 are two additional pilot streams to support the conservation of vernacular buildings and historic shopfronts. Owners of eligible buildings in county Wicklow are invited to apply for funding under two grant schemes; the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) and Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS). The closing date for applications is 29th January 2021 see below for full details and application forms.

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) and the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) will support the owners and custodians of historic buildings as they carry out 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. Under the BHIS there is a set funding allocation of €72,000 for County Wicklow, which will be allocated to successful applicants on a match funding basis of 50%, with individual grants of between €2,500 and €15,000. There is also scope under the BHIS to fund smaller projects of routine maintenance and repair.  Under the HSF scheme, applications for grants may be made to streams 1 & 2 or to two new additional pilot funding streams introduced in 2021. Stream 1 will offer grants from €15,000 up to €50,000 and Stream 2 will offer a small number of grants nationally from €50,000 up to €200,000. The new VernacularSstructures fund will offer grants of €5,000 to €10,000 to support traditional buildings which may not be protected structures. The new Shopfront Fund will allocate grants to support the conservation of historic shopfronts through capital funding of repairs to facades, windows, signage and other associated details.

Download explanatory circulars and application forms below

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