Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2023
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 element may also be supported by this fund. Any such projects must be agreed in advance by the Department and the relevant local authority.
Qualifying and Non Qualifying Works are as set out in Section 7 of the BHIS Circular below.
The minimum funding awarded for successful projects will be €2,500 up to a maximum of €15,000
Under BHIS, the total value of all public funding provided for individual projects must not exceed 50% of the total project cost, including funding received from other public agencies including the SEAI, the Heritage Council, LEADER, other government departments and local authorities. Voluntary work (benefit-in-kind) or local authorities’ own funds/contributions or funding from other exchequer sources cannot be used to satisfy the matching expenditure requirement.
It should be noted that the 2023 Built Heritage Investment Scheme will include ring-fenced funding of €500,000 (nationally!) for conservation repairs to thatched structures to maximise the availability of financial assistance to such owners, helping them offset other costs. For the ring fenced thatch funding;
awards of up to €20,000 can be allocated
funding must not exceed 80% of the total project cost.
Structures may not be on the RPS, in an ACA or be a proposed protected strucutre - this is at the discretion of the Kildare County Council.
Make Your Application
Applications can be made using the form below on or before 31st January 2023 and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or BHIS 2023, Planning Department, Kildare County Council, Aras Chill Devoy, Park, Naas, Co. Kildare.
Your application must include the application form and a quotation for the proposed works. A method statement from a suitably qualified conservation architect may be required at a further stage if deemed necessary.
The Closing date for receipt of applications in 4 pm 31st January 2023.