Historic Structures Fund 2022

An Ciste um Struchtúir Stairiúil 2022


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.

The core aims of this fund are to:

  • enable larger scale conservation works to be carried out on heritage structures which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support;
  • encourage the regeneration and reuse of heritage properties and to help to secure the preservation of protected structures and/or historic-culturally significant assets;
  • support the investment of private capital in labour-intensive projects to conserve historic structures in public and private ownership for community use.
    support employment in the conservation and construction industries.
  • build resilience in our heritage properties to enable them to withstand the effects of climate

The closing date for receipt of applications  is now Monday 31 January 2022. Please forward your completed application form and supporting documents to heritage@longfordcoco.ie and include 'HSF 2022' and the name of your structure in the subject line

The Department encourages project promoters to incorporate a traditional skills training element in the project.

The Historic Structures Fund 2022 has a number of streams:

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 1, Historic Shopfronts sub-stream – As in 2021, to incentivise the conservation of historic shopfronts each Local Authority is invited to submit an additional application under Stream 1 for
eligible 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. Local Authorities are also invited to make an additional application for Irish-language shopfronts.

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.

Pilot Stream for Vernacular Structures - In the context of the forthcoming strategy for built vernacular, a pilot stream for vernacular structures is being introduced for 2021. The purpose of the 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 Architectural Conservation Area. All local authorities can apply for funding for specific projects of between €5,000 and €10,000 for eligible projects. (This element has a total national fund of €50,000)

Projects in partnership:

The Minister may designate part of the Fund for projects in partnership with State-funded organisations such as the Office of Public Works, the Irish Heritage Trust, Waterways Ireland, The Irish Landmark Trust and others, to care for historic structures and buildings in public ownership and improve recreational infrastructure and public access to these heritage assets.

Eolas faoi an scéim / Information about the scheme

Lean an nasc seo chun an ciorclán leis an eolas ábhartha ulig faoin Ciste um Structhtúir Stairiúil 2022 a fhail, go háraithe cén foirgneamh agus obair atá cáilithe, agus cad atá ag tastáil chun iarratis maith a chur isteach. Beidh aon iarratas gan na doiciméid ceart, go háraithe ráiteas modh oibre soiléar, neamhbailí. Téigh i gcomhairle i dtaobh an seicliosta. 

Please click here to read the circular  with all of the relevant information on the Historic Structures Fund 2022, including which buildings qualify, what works are eligible and what is needed to make a valid application. Applications without all of the attendant documentation, in particular a concise, good-quality method statement, will not be valid. Please consult the application checklist 


Foirm Iarratais / Application Form

Lean an nasc seo chun an foirm iarratais a fháil (Béarla amháin faoi láthair, áfach)

Please click here to download the application form


The closing date for applications for buildings in Co. Longford is Monday 31 January 2022. No extensions will be granted.
Completed applications, along with the method statement, mapping, quotations, permissions etc. should be forwarded by email to heritage@longfordcoco.ie. Please include HSF 2022 and the name of the building in the email subject line. 

Taifead ar Dhéanmhais Chosanta/ Record of Protected Structures 

The current Record of Protected Structures (RPS) is included in Appendix 6 of the Longford County Development Plan 2021-2027Click here to view and download.


Nóta / Note

Ní féidir ach iarratais amháin a chur isteach ar son aon foirgneamh; ní féidir an ciste seo a chur le chéile leis an BHIS. 

Please note that only one application can be made per building, and funding cannot be blended with the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS).

The relevant Minster and Government Department, presently the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage, will publish a list of successful applications online and will issue a press release with these details to national and local press. Longford County Council may request the use of photographs of the projects to raise awareness of the scheme and the works being undertaken in the county.