Built Heritage Investment Scheme

Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2020 – Announcement

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme is designed to assist with the repair and conservation of structures that are protected under the Planning and Development Acts. In certain cases, the scheme also supports the conservation of structures within Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs) where, in the opinion of the local authority, a need for works to enhance the character and appearance of an ACA has been demonstrated. The primary purpose of the scheme is to support privately owned properties in need of repair and conservation.

Projects that incorporate a traditional skills training elementmay also be supported by this fund. Any such projects must be agreed in advance by the Department and the relevant local authority.

Eligible Structures

        i.            Protected structures. Structures included in the Record of Protected Structures (RPS) of each Local Authorityarea

      ii.            Proposed Protected Structures. Structures proposed for inclusion in the RPS but not yet formally approved.  Such structures must be added to the RPS by 31 December 2020

    iii.            Structures in Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs), or within the amenity of a National Monument, where exceptional circumstances are deemed by the Department to apply.

Qualify and Non Qualifying Works: Qualifying and Non Qualifying Works are as set out in Section 7 of the Circular below.

Guidelines and the Application form can be found below:

Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2020 Guidance Circular

Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2020 Application Form

The minimum funding awarded for successful projects will be €2,500 up to a maximum of €15,000.The local authority shall allocate funding for projects based on a proper assessment process. Priority should be given to small-scale, labour-intensive projects. Projects should demonstrate a range of conservation skills, and should not be concentrated in a particular geographical area or on a particular type of structure.

This grants scheme will be administered by Leitrim County Council.

All applicants must complete the above Application Form and return to:

Built Heritage Investment Scheme, The Planning Department, Leitrim County Council, Aras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

The latest date for receipt of completed applications is 4.00 p.m. on Friday 31st January 2020. For further information please contact the Planning Department, Leitrim County Council,  Aras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim, Telephone 071 9650450 – email planning@leitrimcoco.ie.

Applicants who apply under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) cannot also apply under the Historic Structures Fund (HSF).

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