Minister Madigan announces 2019 Historic Structures Fund and Built Heritage Investment Scheme – up to €4.3m for built heritage projects
Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, today (28 November) launched the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund for 2019. Both schemes are open for applications until 31 January 2019.
Speaking today, the Minister said: “I am delighted to announce the 2019 schemes are now open for applications. These two schemes represent an investment by my Department of up to €4.3 million to support more than 500 built heritage projects across the country in 2019.
“As part of the Estimates process this year, I made a firm commitment to increase the number of projects which could be supported under my Department’s very popular Built Heritage grant schemes. I am delivering on that commitment today.”
The Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund will support the owners and custodians of protected structures in every local authority area across the country in 2019 as they carry out hundreds of small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve our historic built environment. The projects will also provide vital support for local jobs in conservation, traditional skills and construction.
The latest round of funding announced by the Minister includes up to €2.5 million in Exchequer funding for the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and up to €1.8 million for the Historic Structures Fund (formerly the Structures at Risk Fund). Applications open from today until 31 January 2019. Details of the schemes and how to apply are available on all local authority websites and the Department’s website here. This Exchequer allocation will attract additional funding, yielding total investment of over €5m in 2019.
Minister Madigan continued: “Communities rightly have a great sense of pride in their built heritage. As well as supporting people who are working to care for and restore our historic buildings, these grants will help to regenerate towns and rural areas and will come as a welcome boost to those working so hard to look after our heritage properties.
“Our built heritage is a vital part of our cultural landscape. I am delighted to be able to continue improving our investment in protecting it for the future. My officials will be contacting all Local Authorities in the coming days advising them of the scheme details for 2019 and the grant schemes will be advertised on all local authority websites and on my Department’s website.”
The Minister also confirmed today that €1 million will be provided for the 2019 Historic Towns Initiative, which will be administered in partnership with the Heritage Council. Details of the Historic Towns Initiative are available from the Heritage Council and on their website www.heritagecouncil.ie.