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 the Historic Structures Fund are to:

  • Enable larger scale conservation works to be carried out on heritage structures which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support
  • Encourage the regeneration and reuse of heritage properties and to help secure the preservation of protected structures and/or historic-culturally significant assets
  • Support the investment of private capital in labour-intensive projects to conserve historic structures in public and private ownership for community use

The Historic Structures Fund will have two streams:

Stream 1 will offer grants from €15,000 up to €50,000 and is aimed at essential repairs and smaller capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of heritage structures (funding of up to €1m for 2019 under this stream).

Under this stream, Limerick City and County Council can nominate three projects submitted by private applicants or community groups that are owners or custodians of historic structures to the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht for consideration.

Please note that an additional project involving a historic structure in public ownership may be submitted by Limerick City and County Council to the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht for consideration.

Application forms and application cover sheet/checklist are available in the supporting documents below.

Closing date for receipt of applications to Limerick City and County Council is 5pm Thursday 31st January 2019.

A further additional project, proposed by a state-funded organisation working in the heritage area, can also be considered. However, an application for a project such as this should be made directly to the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht for consideration on or before Friday 15th February 2019.

Stream 2 will offer a small number of grants from €50,000 up to €200,000 for larger enhancement, refurbishment, or reuse projects involving heritage structures, where a clear community or public benefit has been demonstrated (funding of up to €1m for 2019 under this stream).

Under this stream Limerick City and County Council can nominate one project submitted by a private applicant or community group that own, or is the custodian of, a historic structure to the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht for consideration.

Please note that an additional project, involving a historic structure in public ownership, may be submitted by Limerick City and County Council to the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht for consideration.

Application forms and application cover sheet/checklist are available in the supporting documents below.

Closing date for receipt of applications to Limerick City and County Council is 5pm Thursday 31st January 2019.

A further additional project, proposed by a state-funded organisation working in the heritage area, can also be considered. However, an application for a project such as this should be made directly to the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht for consideration on or before Friday 15th February 2019.

Please read the Guidance Circular HSF/2019 (available in the supporting documents at the end of the page) carefully to ensure that:

  • You are fully familiar with the fund's terms and conditions
  • You know the assessment criteria
  • You are clear as to which stream you should apply for and under which category of applicant you fall under

For further information regarding this scheme, please contact Built Heritage Policy, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Custom House, Dublin 1. Tel. 01 888 2428 or email: HSF@chg.gov.ie.

This service is provided by

Planning and Environmental Services Department

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