The Government of Ireland is inviting applications for Built Heritage Investment Scheme to provide local authorities with information in relation to the operation and administration of the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2023.
The primary custodians of structures protected under the Planning and Developments Acts are their owners and occupiers, and they, along with the local authorities, are charged with the responsibility for their protection.
The Built Heritage Investment Scheme is designed as a support to owners and custodians in caring for their built heritage and ensuring that it is protected into the future.
Purpose of Scheme
- The aim of the Built Heritage Investment Scheme is to leverage private capital for investment in a significant number of small-scale, labour-intensive conservation projectsthroughout the country and to support the employment of conservation professionals, craftspeople and tradespersons in the repair of the historic built environment
- The minimum funding awarded for successful projects will be €2,500 up to a maximum of €15,000.
- Protected structures. Structures included in the Record of Protected Structures (RPS) of each Local Authority area
- Proposed Protected Structures. Structures proposed for inclusion in the RPS but not yet formally approved. Such structures must be added to the RPS by 31
- December 2023 Structures in Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs), or within the amenity of a National Monument, where exceptional circumstances are deemed by the Department to apply.
- The Built Heritage Investment Scheme is designed to assist with the repair and conservation of structures that are protected under the Planning and Development Acts. In certain cases, the scheme also supports the conservation of structures within Architectural Conservation
- Areas (ACAs) where, in the opinion of the local authority, a need for works to enhance the character and appearance of an ACA has been demonstrated. The primary purpose of the scheme is to support privately owned properties in need of repair and conservation.
- Projects that incorporate a traditional skills training element may also be supported by this fund. Any such projects must be agreed in advance by the Department and the relevant local authority.
For more information, visit https://www.gov.ie/en/circular/06391-circular-bhis-2301-built-heritage-investment-scheme-2023/