Historic Structures Fund 2024


The Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2024 is closed for this year.
Call back soon for details of any future funding opportunities under this, or other, built-heritage grant schemes.

The Historic Structure Fund funds large-scale conservation works on significant heritage structures in need of urgent support. By supporting investment of private capital in labour-intensive projects, it helps to conserve historic structures in public and private ownership for community use. The fund also:

  • Encourages regeneration and reuse of heritage properties to preserve protected structures and culturally significant assets
  • Support employment in the conservation and construction industries
  • Build resilience in our heritage properties to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage also encourages

  • projects to incorporate a traditional skills training element
  • refurbishment or reuse projects involving heritage structures where a clear residential benefit is demonstrated. Such projects must be advanced through the planning process as necessary

Funding Streams

There are three Historic Structure Fund streams:

Stream One:
Grants from €15,000 to €50,000
For essential repairs and smaller capital works to refurbish and conserve heritage structures

Historic Shopfronts sub-stream under Stream One:
For conservation of historic shopfronts.
Each local authority may submit an additional application under Stream One for eligible essential repairs and small capital works to refurbish and conserve historic shop facades, windows, signage and other associated details. In addition, local authorities may make an additional application for Irish-language shopfronts.

Stream Two:
Grants from €50,000 to €200,000 for larger enhancement, refurbishment or reuse projects involving heritage structures.
A clear community, public or residential benefit must be demonstrated and such projects must be advanced through the planning process as necessary.

Under Stream Two, over €200,000 may be awarded in exceptional circumstances where a case is made by the applicant related to the significance of the project and the works proposed.

Vernacular Structures Stream:
Local authorities may apply for funding for specific projects of between €5,000 and €10,000.
Supports conservation repairs and small capital works to vernacular structures not listed in local authority Records of Protected Structures or otherwise legally protected. Such structures may be located within an architectural conservation area. 

How to apply

Complete the Historic Structures Fund 2024 application form and the application checklist. The application form and application checklist is also available as Gaeilge.

Before completing your application, you must read the Historic Structures Fund Guidance Booklet for Applicants. The Historic Structures Fund Guidance Booklet for Applicants is also available as Gaeilge.

Email your completed application form and application checklist to heritage@longfordcoco.ie, with the subject line: HSF 2024 and the name of the structure.

No hardcopy application forms will be accepted.

Closes for applications on Wednesday, 24 January 2024.

To help with your application, you can take a look the guidance application form. This guidance application form is also available as Gaeilge