Details of the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2021 and the Historic Structures Fund 2021 have been announced by the Department for Heritage.
These national schemes are administered in the city area by Dublin City Council Conservation Office and apply to buildings that are protected structures or are located within Architectural Conservation Areas (such as Thomas Street & Environs ACA). The schemes grant-assist a range of works, from repair or reinstatement of timber sash windows, repairs to masonry or re-pointing, repair of metals, roofs etc and other permitted conservation works.
Under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme the minimum level of funding awarded will be €2,500 up to a maximum of €15,000. This scheme supports small-scale conservation projects and the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople and tradespersons in the repair of the historic built environment.
The Historic Structures Fund has a number of streams of funding including support for significant works to heritage structures, particularly where clear community benefit or public benefit is demonstrated. This fund also includes two pilot schemes: funding to support conservation of vernacular buildings and funding to support conservation of historic shopfronts.
Applications are now open to the schemes and close 24th February 2021*. Full details and applications can be found here.
This year, the Department for Heritage is also supporting the use of the Irish Language in shopfronts and projects that preserve built and linguistic heritage.