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Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2023


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. 


This year a dedicated €500,000 has been ring-fenced under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) for conservation repairs to historic thatched structures to maximise the availability of financial assistance to such owners, helping them offset other costs. Each Local Authority has been allocated a share of the ring-fenced funding based on the number of historic thatched structures within its boundaries. County Donegal has been ring fenced for the largest funding award in the country due to its number of surviving historic thatched structures.


All historic thatched structures in County Donegal are eligible under this ring-fenced element of the scheme and it does not need to be on the Record of Protected Structures. This year’s grant scheme will provide support for approximately six large-scale re-thatching projects up to €15,000. The funding can provide for up to 80% of the total capital costs of works. 


The new Thatching Grant is open for applications under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme until 4 p.m. on Friday, January 27. The scheme will be administrated by Donegal County Council and is funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.



NOTE: You must have an advisor or consultant that you engage to prepare your application and its accompanying documentation and to supervise or undertake works, on your building and they must be fully aware of its significance.  Such personnel should be familiar with the principles and philosophies of architectural conservation in order to ensure that the highest standards of work are achieved. 



Further information on the Scheme is available from:


Collette Beattie
Architectural Conservation Officer
Architecural Conservation Office
Planning Services
County House
Co. Donegal
Tel: 0035 74 9153900
Email: [email protected]