Grants worth €9m for restoration of historic buildings open for applications – The Irish Times

Grants totaling €9 million for the repair and restoration of protected and historic buildings have been opened for applications by the Ministry of Housing, Local Authorities and Heritage.

Funding of €4.5m each will be available for 2023 under the Built Heritage Investment Program and the Fund for Historic Structures, an increase of €1m from the 2022 funding.

The Historic Structures Fund will consist of two streams: one for “vernacular structures” and another for historic showcases.

The vernacular strand will provide total funding of €150,000 for conservation repairs and minor capital works to structures, built using traditional local methods, which are not listed in local authority registers of protected or otherwise protected structures legally.

The shop windows component, which operates in conjunction with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and the Gaeltacht, includes shared funding of €50,000 for the conservation of Irish language shop windows.

The Built Heritage Investment Program will include earmarked funding of €500,000 for conservation repairs to eligible thatched-roof historic structures.

In 2022, 594 projects were funded by the two programs, ranging from essential minor repairs to rainwater assets to large-scale roof repairs.

Projects included the conservation and repair of the Sacred Heart Shrine at DCU’s All Hallows campus, which received €30,000; emergency conservation works at Quay Street Pier, Belmullet, Co Mayo, awarded €92,000; a €200,000 project to repair the parapet and roof of Bantry House, Co Cork; €50,000 for repairs to Lambay Castle in North County Dublin; and the repair and conservation of 62 windows at Strokestown House, Roscommon, which received €80,000 spread over 2021 and 2022.

The two programs aim to support several hundred projects and create more than 50,000 days of employment for conservation professionals and skilled artisans, the department said.

Applications are open until 31 January 2023. Details of programs and how to apply are available on all local authority websites and on the the department’s website.