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Update: Historic Structure Funding 2021

Update: Historic Structure Funding 2021

Historic Structure Funding 2021

The Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage (DHLGH) is providing funding to assist with works to safeguard structures protected under the Planning & Development Act 2000 (as amended).

Funding for the historic structure fund (HSF) is being made available as part of Project Ireland 2040. The total national funding is €3m.

Galway City Council will, on receipt of qualifying applications for funding assess and put forward a maximum of three applications (plus a maximum of an additional two specifically relating to shopfronts as per below), this restriction is as prescribed by the terms and limitations of the Department’s criteria and funding.

Grants will be awarded in three streams on a national basis -

 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. A maximum of 80% will be awarded relative to eligible costs.

*Historic Shopfronts will be included in addition as a Pilot Project for 2021 in this stream– the purpose is to incentivise the conservation of historic shop fronts – this can be considered by as an additional application (4th) under Stream 1. Its focus is on essential repairs and small capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of historic shop facades, windows, signage and other associated details to safeguard them. In addition there will also be funding specifically for the conservation of historic Irish-language shopfronts. This specific grant is jointly-funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

 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. A maximum of 50% will be awarded relative to eligible costs.

Stream 3 will be for 2021 Pilot project for Vernacular Structures - with funding of €50,000. The purpose of the stream is to support conservation repairs and small capital works to vernacular structures that are not listed in the Records of Protected Structures or otherwise legally protected. Such structures may be located within an Architectural Conservation Area.

The categories of structures eligible for assistance under stream 1 & 2 are as follows –

1.      Protected Structures: i.e. those structures included in the Record of Protected Structures (RPS) for Galway City of which there are 619 in the city.

2.      Structures that are included in and contribute to the character of an Architectural Conservation Area (ACA) of which there are eleven areas in Galway City.

Works under this scheme must meet all statutory requirements, including the need for planning permission where appropriate.

Full details of the scheme and application forms are available at the Planning Office, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway. Tel. No. (091) 536473 and on our website at Email: 

Application Form & Scheme Details: 

Historic Structures Fund 2021 - Circular (003).pdf

HSF2021 - Appendix I - Form A (Applicant) (FINAL).docx

HSF 2021 - Notification of additional funding for traditional Irish-language shopfronts.pdf 


Due to the current  Covid-19 restrictions, the Department have extended the application deadline and  Interested parties are now invited to submit completed applications not later than Friday, 26th February 2021 (16:00hrs) to Caroline Phelan, Senior Planner, Planning Department, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway.