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Conservation Grants 2020

 

Announcement of Historic Structures Fund and Built Heritage Investment Schemes for 2020

Donegal County Council is inviting applications for the Historic Structures Fund 2020 and Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2020

 


 

HISTORIC STRUCTURES FUND 2020

 

Applications are now being invited under the Historic Structures Fund (HSF).

 

Overview
The primary focus of the Historic Structures Fund is on conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the benefit of communities and the public. It aims to enable conservation works to be carried out on heritage structures which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support. The scheme is designed to assist the owners and/or occupiers of structures/properties that are protected under the Planning and Development Act. It will be administered by the Planning Section, Donegal County Council.

 

 

Eligibility


The categories of structures/properties eligible for funding under this scheme are:

• Protected Structures
• Proposed Protected Structures
• Structures/properties in Architectural Conservation Areas

 

Funding


The HSF will have two streams:

 

  • Stream 1 (from €15,000 up to €50,000) for essential repairs and smaller capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of heritage structures

  • Stream 2 (from €50,000 up to €200,000) for larger enhancement, refurbishment or reuse projects involving heritage structures, where a clear community or public benefit has been demonstrated


Successful applicants will be required to, at a minimum, match their funding award.

 

Match Funding

 

  • The maximum grant available for Stream 1 will be 80% of the eligible costs.

  • The maximum grant available for Stream 2 will generally be 50% of the eligible costs, however, applicants may seek up to 80% in exceptional circumstances.

     

Due to the limited capital resources available for the operation of the HSF (€1,824,000 nationally), the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will consider 4 applications per Local Authority, only 1 of which may be a publicly-owned building.

 

How to apply?


The HSF 2020 Circular and application form are available to download below. Hard copies are also available at Planning Reception.

Completed applications (Form A) should be submitted to Donegal County Council, Planning Services, County House, Lifford, Co. Donegal,  on or before 5pm on the 24th January 2020.

 

Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2020

 

Applications are now being invited under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS).

 

Overview

 

The BHIS seeks to encourage the investment of private capital in a number of small scale, labour intensive projects to repair and conserve historic structures and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople and tradespersons. The scheme is designed to assist the owners and/or occupiers of structures/properties that are protected under the Planning and Development Act.  It will be administered by Donegal County Council’s Planning Service.

 

Eligibility

 

The categories of structures/properties eligible for funding under this scheme are:

  • Protected Structures

  • Proposed Protected Structures

Structures/properties in Architectural Conservation Areas

 

What funding is available?

 

The minimum funding award under this scheme will be €2,500, up to a maximum of €15,000.

Successful applicants will be required to, at a minimum, match their funding award.

 

Pilot Scheme for Routine Maintenance and repair works

In 2020 the Department is piloting a “micro grant scheme” for works of routine maintenance and minor repairs, which were not previously eligible for funding under the BHIS scheme. The maximum award for any such project(s) will be €2,500 for each project.

 

How to apply

 

The BHIS 2020 Circular, application form and associated documents are available to download below. Hard copies are also available at County House Lifford (074 9153900).

Completed applications (Form A) should be returned to Donegal County Council, Planning Service, County House, Lifford, on or before the 24th of January 2020

 

 

If you have any queries in relation to the operation of both scheme please contact Collette Beattie, A/Executive Planner 074 9153900

 

 

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