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Wicklow To Receive Over €470,000 In Funding For Built Heritage Projects

a total of 676 heritage projects across every county will benefit from €9 million in financial support through the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) for 2024, with a total of €473,000 going to 20 projects in Wicklow.

Both schemes support the conservation of historic buildings for the use by present and future generations and are managed jointly by the National Built Heritage Service (NBHS) in the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and a network of conservation staff in the 31 local authorities, including expert Architectural Conservation Officers.

The schemes fund a variety of repairs and renovation works to prevent deterioration, protect character, and encourage the re-use of protected structures.

The schemes also provide important support for the employment of traditional craftspeople and conservation professionals.   

Historic Structures Fund (HSF)

The HSF provides grants of between €15,000 and €200,000 to support major conservation works to significant historic buildings. This year, €4.5 million in funding will support 114 projects – the largest ever number approved for funding under the HSF.

A total of €372,000 went to 4 projects in Wicklow.

Projects receiving funding under the HSF this year include:

  • €171,000 for Clermont House, Rathnew
  • €171,000 for Coollattin House, Shillelagh
  • €20,000 for the Old Post Office, Main Street, Shillelagh

Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS)

The BHIS provides grants of up to €15,000 for maintenance and smaller conservation works to help prevent historic buildings from falling into disrepair and possible disuse. In recognition of the particular challenges in caring for thatched properties, the scheme also includes ring-fenced funding for historic thatched buildings, with a maximum grant of €20,000. This year, 562 BHIS grants will be awarded across the country, including 80 for thatched buildings, amounting to €4.5 million in funding. A total of €101,000 went to 16 projects in Wicklow.

Projects receiving funding under the BHIS this year include:

  • €14,000 for Christ Church, Bray
  • €12,000 for Russborough, Blessington
  • €11,000 for Lawnview, Church Hill, Enniskerry
  • €7,500 for Newcastle Church of Ireland

 

 

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