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Conservation Grant Allocations in 2018

Allocations of the DCHG Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2018 & Structures At Risk Fund 2018

Good news for historic buildings in County Longford


The Longford Heritage Office is delighted to announce that a number of historic buildings in County Longford were successful under the Department of Culture, Heritage & Gaeltacht's conservation grant schemes for 2018. The two schemes are:

Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) for the repair and conservation of structures that are protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended). This scheme aims to support a significant number of labour-intensive, small-scale conservation projects across the country and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople and tradespersons in the repair of the historic built environment.

€50,000 was allocated to Co. Longford and eleven structures have been allocated funding to undertake necessary repairs under this scheme.

Click Here to read the Departmental Press Release on this allocation.

Structures at Risk Fund (SRF) 2018 for conservation works to heritage structures, in both private and public ownership, that are protected under the Planning and Development Acts and are deemed to be at significant risk of deterioration. The fund is administered through the local authorities and seeks to encourage the regeneration and reuse of heritage properties, and give support to owners/occupiers in their long-term commitment to securing the future of the architectural heritage which might otherwise be lost.

Three major repair projects received an aggregate of €50,000 under this scheme which will help safeguard three very significant features of the county's built heritage for future generations. These are:

·         St. Catherine's Church, Ballymacormack

·         The former ticket-office/lock-keepers cottage at the Camlin Canal, Clondra

·         The wrought-iron gates at the old Porter's Lodge, Carrigglass Demense, designed by James Gandon.


Click Here to read the Departmental Press Release on this allocation.


These grants are essential tools in assisting owners and occupiers of historic buildings, who are often elderly or are very small community-organisations, in tackling essential repairs.

In addition, the grants provide an important financial support to specialist contractors, tradespeople and crafts-people in the county. In 2017 alone, these grants generated over 500 man-days of work within the county, providing a vital support for local industry.