Financial Assistance for Architectural Heritage

Financial Assistance & Capital Programmes

Financial assistance is provided to assist with the conservation and restoration of heritage properties via a number of structured schemes, either directly administered or delivered through other Departments, local authorities and agencies. Built Heritage and Architectural Policy section also administers the determinations for Section 482 Tax Relief.

In the context of a particular building, especially one on the Record of Protected Structures, the best advice for the owner may be to contact the Architectural Conservation Officer from the Local Authority. They will be able to advise on the various types of funding available to assist with the building.

Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Structures at Risk Fund 2018

On 28th November Minister Humphreys announced that the Structures at Risk Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme will operate again in 2018 with total funding of €3.3 million.
These schemes are funded by the Department and administered by the local authorities. Some further information about the schemes can be found below.

Full details and application forms for 2018 will be published on local authority websites in the coming days. Any enquiries about funding under these schemes must be directed to the relevant local authority (the Architectural Conservation Officer or other person in the local authority dealing with the schemes).

Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) for the repair and conservation of structures that are protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended). This scheme aims to support a significant number of labour-intensive, small-scale conservation projects across the country and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople and tradespersons in the repair of the historic built environment. Details and application forms etc. will be available from your local authority shortly.

Structures at Risk Fund (SRF) 2018 for conservation works to heritage structures, in both private and public ownership, that are protected under the Planning and Development Acts and are deemed to be at significant risk of deterioration. The fund is administered through the local authorities and seeks to encourage the regeneration and reuse of heritage properties, and give support to owners/occupiers in their long-term commitment to securing the future of the architectural heritage which might otherwise be lost. Details and application forms etc. will be available from your local authority shortly.

Contact Us

Built Heritage and Architectural Policy,

Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs,

Custom House,

Dublin 1

Telephone: +353 (0)1 888 2465 and 353 (0)1 888 2428