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Architectural Conservation Grants 2022



Conservation Advice Pilot Scheme 2022



A new conservation advice pilot Scheme has been announced by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

The scheme is open to private owners of properties on the Record of Protected Structures. Successful applicants will receive expert conservation advice including maintenance schedule and suggested repairs and improvements to enhance the building’s character, integrity and amenity. A summary of the scheme is provided below:


The scheme will provide grants of €3,000 (ex.VAT) to cover the cost of having a conservation-accredited architect visit a protected structure, conduct a survey, and compile tailored conservation advice for the property owner. The report will suggest a maintenance schedule for the building, and outline repairs and improvements which would enhance the building’s character, integrity and amenity.

The aim of the scheme is to help owners of protected structures to understand the value and potential of architectural heritage of their buildings and to prompt them to consider investments which could enhance that value, whether funded privately or through conservation grants.


Applicants must complete the form below and submit it to [email protected] by Friday 30th using the subject line ‘Conservation Advice Pilot Scheme’. It can also be sent by post to Built Heritage Policy Unit, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, 1.06 Custom House D01 W6X0 by the same date.


Successful applicants will be selected by lottery and provided by the Department with a list of conservation architects participating in the scheme. The applicant will then select an architect from the list and arrange a site visit. The completed report will be provided to both the building owner and the Department. The Department will use the reports only for the purpose of approving the grant payment, in line with Data Privacy Statement attached. The Department will make grant payment directly to the architect on receipt and approval of the required Conservation Advice and invoice.


Conservation Advice Pilot - Application Form

Conservation Advice Pilot - Brief for applicants

Conservation Advice Pilot - Privacy Statement

Scéim Phíolótach Chomhairle Caomhantais – Foirm Iarratais

Scéim Phíolótach Chomhairle Caomhantais – Ráiteas Priobháideachais

Scéim Phíolótach Chomhairle Caomhantais – Treoir d’Iarratasóiri



Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund 

On Friday 5th November 2021 Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage launched the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund for 2022 with €8m in funding across both schemes - an increase of €2 million from 2021 - they represent a continued and significant boost to the preservation of Ireland’s built heritage.


The Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund support the owners and custodians of protected structures and those in Architectural Conservation Areas to meet their obligations to care for their properties.


Following on from the successful introduction of two pilot streams for vernacular structures and English and Irish-language historic shopfronts in 2021, both streams have been incorporated into Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2022. The Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) maintenance stream from 2020 has also been retained for the scheme this year.


Owners are invited to make an application through the Architectural Conservation Unit, Donegal County Council by 4pm Friday 28th January 2022, which must in turn be submitted to the Department by 11 February 2022. Partnership projects by state-funded organisations should submit applications directly to the Department. Details of the schemes and how to apply are available on the links below:




Historic Structures Fund 2022


The Historic Structures Fund  recognises that Ireland’s historic buildings and structures combine to provide us with a valuable and unique built environment. Many of these are in great need of investment to ensure their preservation and continued use so that they remain a living part of our history and community life into the future. This Scheme will focus primarily on the conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the benefit of communities and the public. 


Click Here for more information about the Historic Structures Fund 2022.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm, Friday 28th January 2022.





Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2022


The Built Heritage Investment Scheme is for conservation works to Protected Structures, Proposed Protected Structures, and Structures within Architectural Conservation Areas.


The Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht has made provision for further rounds of the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund to assist owners and occupiers of recognised heritage buildings and structures undertake conservation works to their properties. 


Click Here for more information about the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2022.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm, Friday 28th January, 2022. 




Any queries please contact the Conservation Officer at [email protected]




Community Monument Fund 2022 Grant


Submission deadline: Tuesday February 15, 2022


Community Monuments Fund 2022 is now open for applications.  Applications should be submitted on CMF-A Application form, and submitted to Donegal County Council by 4pm on 15th February 2022.


Malcolm Noonan, T.D, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, announced the opening of calls to the 2022 Community Monuments Fund. A total of €5 million has been allocated to the fund for 2022 – an increase of 20% on 2021 funding, and more than a threefold increase since 2020 when the fund was established.


The grants available under the Community Monuments Fund help custodians and owners of archaeological monuments to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of local communities and the visiting public. In addition, they provide support for heritage professions and job opportunities in archaeology, building conservation and traditional skills.


The Community Monuments Fund was first established as part of the 2020 July Jobs Stimulus in response to the Covid emergency. In 2020 and 2021, some 200 heritage projects were funded to the value of €5.35 million. It is anticipated that the 2022 programme being run by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage’s National Monuments Service will support more than 160 projects.


The core aims of the Community Monuments Fund are the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of archaeological monuments. Funding is available for:

  • Conservation works to monuments which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support,
  • Building resilience into monuments to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change and
  • Works to improve access to and presentation of, monuments


It is available in three streams:

  • Stream 1 - supports essential repairs and capital conservation works at archaeological monuments.
  • Stream 2 - funds the development of Conservation Management Plans/Reports which will identify necessary conservation measures and any issues requiring future attention.
  • Stream 3 - offers grants for enhancement of access infrastructure and interpretation at archaeological monuments, including development of online interpretative material.


The closing date for applications to the local authority is Tuesday 15th February 2022


Details of the Fund and Application form are available below:

  1. Community Monuments Fund Circular

  2. Community Monuments Fund 2022 – Explanatory Memorandum

  3. Community Monuments Fund 2022 - Application Form




Joseph Gallagher
Heritage Officer
[email protected]


Contact No: (074) 9153900



Thatch Structures Grant 2022

Details of this year's grant to follow in due course

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