Heritage Building Repairs
Repairs to Heritage Buildings
There are a number of funding sources that can be considered that will assist in planning for conservation works to heritage buildings. They are
- the Local Authority Conservation Grant Scheme for Protected Structures,
- The Heritage Council's Grants Schemes,
- Tax relief for expenditure on approved heritage buildings from the Revenue Commissioners,
- A grant for the repair or renewal of thatch from the Department of the Environment
- Irish Georgian Foundation Grant Scheme.
It is important to note that funding under the above schemes is not guaranteed and retrospective applications for works already carried out will not be considered.
(i) Local Authority Conservation Grant Scheme for Protected Structures
Each year, Longford County Council allocates grants on behalf of the relevant Government department (Dept Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht in 2018 and 2019) for the conservation of Protected Structures (as listed in the RPS). This is typically under two separate schemes: the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and, from 2019, the Historic Structures Fund which replaces the previous Structures At Risk Fund. The BHIS funds up to 50% of the conservation repairs to a historic building, with amounts between €2500 and €15,000 being allocated. The HSF is for important structures which require extensive repairs, and is allocated at Departmental level. Information on both schemes are available by clicking on the relevant scheme in the sub-menu on the left.
(ii) The Heritage Council Grants
The Heritage Council may grant aid the repair/conservation of historic structures from time to time. Eligible buildings are generally not on the Record of Protected Structures, but are nevertheless of particular heritage significance. Their grants are more typically community-based, and the awards can be quite small. Occasionally they run a thatching grant and a Heritage Maintenance Grant, when funding allows. It is a competitive process and it is strongly recommended that an application be fully supported by reports, photographic inventories, quotations and any permissions required.
Click here to visit the funding page on Heritage Council's website for more information.
(iii) Tax Relief for Significant Buildings and Gardens Under Section 482 of the 1997 Taxes Consolidation Act,
An owner/occupier of an approved building (including surrounding garden) can apply for tax relief in respect of expenditure for the repair, maintenance or restoration of an approved building or garden. Gardens, in their own right, are also included.
An approved building or garden is one which:
The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has determined to be intrinsically of significant historical, architectural or aesthetic interest. In relation to a garden, it must be a garden, which is intrinsically of significant horticultural, scientific, historical architectural or aesthetic interest.
The Revenue Commissioners have determined that reasonable access is provided to the for members of the public or in the case of a guest house that it is in use as a guest house for at least six months of the year.
The scheme is administered by the Revenue Commissioners. For further information contact your local tax office.
(iv) Thatching Grant
Grants for the 'Renewal or Repair of Thatch Roofs of Houses' are available from specific government departments, previously the Dept. of the Environment. To be eligible for this grant the house must be a normal place of residence. Further information and application forms are available from the Thatching Grants Section
Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Government Buildings, Ballina, Co. Mayo, F26 E8N6.
Tel: 096 24200, LoCall 1890 20 20 21
Click here for more information. Click here to download the HA2/T application form.
(v) Irish Georgian Society Conservation Grants Programme
The Irish Georgian Society run a scheme throughout the year for small grants. Grants are offered to buildings that are architectural significant or rare in their locality, that do not have to be on the Record of Protected Structures (RPS). This is typically announced early in the year, January or February. It is a competitive process and it is strongly recommended that an application be fully supported by reports, photographic inventories, quotations and any permissions required.
For further information contact: Irish Georgian Society, 74 Merrion Square, Dublin Tel: 01-6767053. or visit their website www.igs.ie for information.