Heritage Grants for Homes
There is a range of grants and financial measures available which are outlined below. Some of these are more applicable to certain types of building, and certain types of owners. They can often be combined together and used to provide funds year after year. In general, they are annual schemes and have application forms, which have to be submitted before works commence; inspections are carried out and there are conditions pertaining to most.
The BHIS is one of two built heritage funding schemes run by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage in association with the Local Authorities. Through grants of up to €15,000, the BHIS assists owners of heritage structures – including those on the local authorities’ Record of Protected Structures and those in Architectural Conservation Areas – to meet their obligations to care for their properties.
Financial Assistance for Architectural Heritage is availed nationally. Financial assistance is provided to assist with the conservation and restoration of heritage properties through schemes which are generally administered by the local authorities.
Irish Georgian Society Grants Scheme: This is operated by the Irish Georgian Society on an annual basis for conservation works to significant architecture and allied features of all periods. Grant must be returned if structure is sold within 3 years. An application form and details are available directly from the Irish Georgian Society. Closing date varies.
The Historic Towns Initiative is aimed for important heritage projects located within the country’s historic towns. In 2019, Clare County Council and Kilrush & District Historical Society have been successful in securing funding for a heritage-led regeneration project in Kilrush. The Historic Towns Initiative is administered by the Heritage Council.
The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine manages the GLAS traditional farm buildings grant scheme. The principal objective of this scheme is to ensure that traditional farm buildings and other related structures that contribute to the character of the landscape and are of significant heritage value, are conserved for active agricultural use.