Historic Structures Fund 2021 - Provisional Award of Funding
Projects - Stream 1
Louth County Archives, Dundalk
Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Palace St. Drogheda
St. Malachy's Church, Dundalk
Projects - Stream 2
Collon Parish Church
Successful applicants must satisfy the Terms and Conditions as outlined in Circular HSF 21/1
Re-opening of HSF 2021 Shopfront Stream
Following the recent announcement of €3m for 85 built heritage projects across the country under this year’s Historic Structure Fund (HSF), Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, TD, has announced the re-opening of applications to the Irish language shopfront stream of the Historic Structures Fund 2021. In conjunction with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media a fund of €100,000 has been made available for eligible projects under this stream.
- Fund seeks to restore/refurbish Irish language shopfronts;
- Structures must be included, or eligible for inclusion, in the Record of Protected Structures;
- Grants of between €15,000 and €50,000 available for eligible projects which include refurbishment and conservation works to historic shop facades, windows and signage;
- Fund increases visibility of the Irish language on streetscapes.
Full details on the above scheme are available to view/download below or are available on request from: Conservation Grants, Planning Section, Louth County Council, Town Hall, Crowe Street, Dundalk A91 W20C, by Phone: 042 939 2932 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HSF2021 Appendix I Form A (Applicant) Irish Shopfronts
HSF2021- Aguisin I Foirm A (Iarratasoir) Aghaidheanna Siopai (Gaeilge)
Historic Structures Fund 2021 Circular
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage - Press Release HSF2021 - Irish Language Shopfronts
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage - Press Release HSF - Irish Language Shopfronts (Gaeilge)
The closing date for receipt of all applications is 4pm on Wednesday 2nd June 2021
Completed application forms can be posted to the address, as per the above, e-mailed to email@example.com or left in the dedicated Post Boxes outside all Louth County Council Customer Services Offices.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the closing date for receipt of applications for this scheme has been extended out to 3pm on Monday 22nd February, 2021.
Funding for the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) is being made available as part of Project Ireland 2040. Total funding available nationally under the Historic Structures Fund in 2021 will be €3m.
The primary focus of the Historic Structures Fund will be on conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the broader benefit of communities and the public.
While the primary responsibility to care for and maintain a protected structure rests with the owner, the Historic Structures Fund will invest essential capital in our valuable built heritage and help the owners and custodians of historic structures to safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public.
The Historic Structures Fund 2021:
- Stream 1 - will offer grants from €15,000 up to €50,000 and is aimed at essential repairs and smaller capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of heritage structures.
- Stream 2 - will offer a small number of grants 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. Grants may be phased over 2 years.
- Pilot Stream for Vernacular Structures - new scheme for 2021. The purpose of this stream is to support conservation repairs and small capital works to vernacular structures that are not listed in local authority Records of Protected Structures or otherwise legally protected. Such structures may be located within an ACA, and will offer grants of between €5,000 and €10,000 for eligible projects.
- Pilot Stream for Historic Shopfronts - to incentivise the conservation of historic shopfronts - grants between €15,000 and €50,000 being offered for essential repairs and small capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of historic shop facades, windows, signage and other associated details to safeguard them and keep them in use.
In addition to the Historic Shopfronts stream above, the Minister is pleased to announce the allocation of €100,000 funding for the conservation of historic Irish-language shopfronts. This stream is jointly-funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
To incentivise take-up of this stream, each Local Authority is invited to make an additional application under Stream 1 for essential repairs and small capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of historic Irish-language shop facades, windows, signage and other associated details to safeguard them and keep them in use. This is in addition to the additional application already permitted under this stream for other shopfronts. All other information pertaining to the HSF is contained in the Circular HSF/2021 ‘Historic Structures Fund’
Please refer to the following links below for further information on the scheme:
Historic Structures Fund 2021- Circular
HSF2021 - Appendix 1 - Application Form
Louth - Traditional Building & Conservation Skill and Trades Register
A Guide to Protected Structures - Louth
Completed application forms can be sent by one of the following methods:
- By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- By Post: Forward Planning Section, Louth County Council, Town Hall, Crowe Street, Dundalk A91 W20C
- By Hand: to one of our external post boxes at County Hall (Dundalk) / Town Hall (Dundalk) / Fair Street Offices (Drogheda) or Ardee Civic Offices (Ardee)
This scheme is being run at a time when the necessary restrictions on travel and work are changing frequently. It is hoped that works funded under the HSF 2021 will be permissible during the year, but this cannot be guaranteed. All works must be carried out in full compliance with Government/HSE guidance on COVID-19. In the event that such guidance or other ruling by Government around COVID-19 prevents any work from proceeding for any period of time, then the local authority should be informed, who should in turn inform the Department. Any savings arising from such delays may be reallocated by the Department as per the terms of this Circular.