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Structures at Risk Fund 2017

An Ciste um Struchtúir i mBaol 2017

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Longford County Council, in conjunction with the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, is inviting applications the Structures at Risk Fund 2017 (SRF). This fund is to assist in urgent repairs to protected structures within Co. Longford. Only structures in immediate danger of significant deterioration will qualify for consideration for funding by the Department.

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.

Eligible works include:

  • Roofs: Works to ensure the structural stability and/or weather tightness of a roof using appropriate materials and detailing
  • Rainwater disposal: Works to repair or, where this is not feasible, replace rainwater goods to ensure efficient disposal of water from the building.
  • External walls: Works to ensure the structural stability and/or weather tightness of the building envelope.
  • Windows, doors and associated elements: Works to prevent water ingress. Works to repair significant elements of external joinery with minimal replacement of decayed timber; includes stained glass.
  • Interiors: Works to repair internal structural elements such as floor, walls, staircases and partitions. Works to conserve significant decorative features.
  • Temporary works: Works to reduce the risk to a structure from possible or partial collapse and the protection of significant features of the building from endangerment.

The minimum level of funding available under the SRF will be €15,000 and a maximum of €30,000, up to 80% of the project cost. The minimum level of funding available under the SRF for a third project submitted by a local authority in respect of a historic house in private ownership will be €5,000 up to a maximum of €10,000.

Successful applicants are permitted to blend their grant allocation with other schemes, such as the Dept of the Environment's thatching grant, Built Heritage Investment Scheme, SEAI grant, Heritage Council Heritage Management Scheme. The sum of all of these grants may not exceed 50% of the project cost when blended with the BHIS, and 80% in relation to all other grants.

  • The guidance circular explaining the grant may be downloaded here: Circular SRF.
  • 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 Structures at Risk Fund 2017 and the name of your building in the subject line. Please note that this is grant is a national competition, and typically only high-quality applications for are successful . Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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.