Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2023
556 built heritage projects, spread out across 31 local authority areas, are to benefit from €4.5 million in funding under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2023.
The Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) will assist custodians and owners of protected structures, and structures within Architectural Conservation Areas, in meeting their obligations to care for their historic properties. Through grants of up to €15,000, the BHIS will be used to undertake essential conservation works including joinery and roof repair, lime rendering, draught-proofing windows and repairing stained glass.
The BHIS is not limited to private dwellings and gives valuable financial assistance to a wide range of heritage sites. Examples awarded funding under the BHIS 2023 include the conservation of the historic glass at Drumcoghill Church Hall in County Cavan; the stabilisation of the masonry at the former Methodist Church in Blackrock, County Dublin; the replastering of The Wonderful Barn in County Kildare; the repair of the roofs of three houses in Banim Terrace, Kilkenny; the reinstatement of cobbling at a cottage in County Meath; the repair of the Telford and Telford church organ at Saint Beaidh’s Church, Boyle, County Roscommon; and the rethatching of houses from Donegal to Wexford and from Cork to Louth. Follies, gates, mausoleums, mills, monuments and many other building types have also been awarded funding.
The protection of our built heritage was one of the priorities identified in the cross-government strategy for the protection of Ireland’s heritage, Heritage Ireland 2030, and partnership is a key theme. The BHIS is one of two built heritage funding schemes run by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage working in partnership with the 31 local authorities and their Architectural Conservation Officers and Heritage Officers.
A list of all projects awarded funding under the BHIS 2023, broken down by local authority, can be downloaded below:
? Drumcoghill Church Hall (1835), DRUMCOGHILL LOWER Td., County Cavan