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Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2017

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Scéim Infheistíochta San Oidhreacht Thógtha 2017

Longford County Council, in conjunction with the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, is inviting applications the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2017 (BHIS). This scheme seeks to and stimulate employment and assist the owners/occupiers of protected structures with repairs. 

Eligible structures include:

  1. Protected structures.
  2. Proposed protected structures
  3. Structures within an Architectural Conservation Area or the amenity of a National Monument, where exceptional circumstances are deemed to apply.

€50,000 has been allocated to Longford County Council to grant aid conservation works. These may include:

  • Works essential to stabilise a structure or part of a structure and to reduce the risk to a structure from collapse or partial collapse, weather damage, fire, vandalism and unauthorised access.
  • Repair (or renewal) of roof structures, coverings and features, as well as rainwater goods.
  • Works to repair external walls, joinery and other fixtures, including stained glass windows.
  • Repair and conservation of internal structure and features.
  • Repair of machinery which is an integral part of a structure.
  • Increasing thermal performance and energy efficiency in line with the relevant Advice Series guidance.
  • Works to structures which contribute to the character of an ACA.
  • Relevant professional fees incurred for the portion of works funded: surveys and method statements, on site supervision and monitoring, reasonable travel and subsistence costs and sign-off on project.

The grant amounts will be between €2,500 to a maximum of €10,000. The final grant amount will be dependent on factors such as the overall cost of the project, urgency of repairs, significance and the number of successful applications, and previous allocations were typically below the maximum allowance.

The grant allocation must be matched by a minimum of 50% from private sources, i.e. a grant of €5,000 must be matched by €5,000 or more by the applicant.

Successful applicants are permitted to blend their grant allocation with other schemes, such as the Dept of the Environment's thatching grant, Structures at Risk Fund, SEAI grant, Heritage Council Heritage Management Scheme, however the sum of all of these grants may not exceed 50% of the project cost.

  • A short explanatory note on the fund may be downloaded here.
  • The guidance circular explaining the grant may be downloaded here.
  • The Longford application form may be downloaded either as a PDF or in MS Word.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please return the completed application form, along with all reports, photographs, mapping, estimates (including how long the work is expected to take), and method statements (where available), by email to heritage@longfordcoco.ie on or before Monday 27 February 2017.  Please include BHIS 2017 and the name of your building in the subject line.  Works will not be permitted to begin until all documentation has been submitted.

Notes:

The Record of Protected Structures (RPS) for Co. Longford may be found in Appendix 11 of the County Longford County Development Plan 2015-2021. The extent of the Ardagh Village Architectural Conservation Area (ACA) is within Appendix 12 of the same.

For protected structures in Longford Town, these may be found in Annex 1 of the Longford Town Development Plan 2009-2015. The environs of the Battery Road ACA, may be found in Annex 2 of the Longford Town Development Plan 2009-2015.