Historic Structures Fund

The Historic Structures Fund recognises that Ireland’s historic buildings and structures combine to provide us with a valuable and unique built environment. 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.

This new measure, the Historic Structures Fund has now replaced the Structures at Risk Fund (which was originally introduced as an emergency response to the suspension of the wide range of measures available to owners and custodians of our built heritage because of the financial crisis). This new scheme will focus primarily on the conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the benefit of communities and the public. 

While the primary responsibility to care for and maintain a protected structure rests with the owner, the new measure will invest essential capital in our valuable built heritage, and help the primary stakeholders of historic buildings to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of their communities and the public.

A feature of this initiative is that the Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht may assign funding to projects undertaken in partnership with organisations such as the OPW, Waterways Ireland, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Landmark Trust, the Irish Heritage Trust, and so forth.

The core aims of this measure are to:

  • Enable larger scale conservation work to be carried out on heritage structures considered to be significant and in need of urgent support;
  • Encourage the regeneration and reuses of heritage properties & help secure the preservation of protected structures and/or historic-culturally significant properties;
  • Support the investment of private capital in labour-intensive projects to conserve historic structures in public and private ownership for community use.

There are several Streams of funding available:-

Stream 1: will offer grants ranging from €15,000 to €50,000. Application to be made through Limerick City and County Council OR, if a state-funded organisation, directly to the Department of Heritage**

Closing date for these applications is 4pm on Friday 29th January 2021.

Stream 2: will offer grants ranging from €50,000 to €200,000. Application to be made either through Limerick City and County Council OR, if a state-funded organisation, directly to the Department of Heritage**

Closing date for Applications being made through Limerick City and County Council is 4pm on Friday 29th January 2021.
 

Pilot Stream for Vernacular Structures will offer grants ranging from €5,000 to €10,000.

Closing date for Applications is 4pm on Friday 29th January 2021.
 

Pilot Stream for Historic Shopfronts will offer grants ranging from €15,000 to €50,000.

Closing date for Applications is 4pm on Friday 29th January 2021.


**Closing date for Applications being made directly to the Department of Heritage is Friday, February 12th, 2021.


Please Note: Limerick City and County Council is limited in the number of projects that it is entitled to nominate to the Minister for Heritage for consideration. Therefore, applications will be screened thoroughly for appropriateness and completeness. A rigorous assessment process will be used to select projects for recommendation to the Minister of State for Heritage for further assessment and selection. In 2020 six projects were selected and forwarded to the Department by Limerick City and County Council, of which two were awarded offers of funding 

Further information and Application Packs for the Schemes are available from:

Stephen O’Brien
Architectural Conservation Office
Limerick City and County Council
Planning and Environmental Services
Dooradoyle
Limerick V94 WV78


Email: stephen.obrien@limerick.ie 
Phone: +353 61 556323

This service is provided by

Planning and Environmental Services Department

Phone +353 61 556000
Location
Limerick City and County Council, Dooradoyle, Limerick V94 XF67