Historic Structures Fund Grant

Local authorities may provide financial support to owners of historic structures and buildings to conserve and improve them for the benefit of communities and the public.


Carlow County Council in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage are inviting application for the Historic Structures Fund 2024. All applicants are advised to read the circular outlining the details of the scheme and the closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Thursday 25th January 2024.

The Historic Structures Fund is designed to help the owners and custodians of historic structures to safeguard them into the future. The fund is designed to deal with conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the broader benefit of communities and the public. The fund is structured as:

Stream 1 – Grants for essential repairs and smaller capital works for the refurbishment works and conservation of heritage structures (€15,000-€50,000)

Stream 1 (sub-stream) - Historic Shopfronts sub-stream to incentivise the conservation of historic shopfronts. Local Authorities are also invited to make an additional application for Irish-language shopfronts.

Stream 2- small number of grants from €50,000 up to €200,000 for larger enhancement, refurbishment or reuse projects involving heritage structures, where: a. A clear community or public benefit has been demonstrated, or b. A clear residential benefit has been demonstrated (such projects must be advanced through the planning process as necessary) 

Vernacular Structures Stream - The pilot stream for vernacular structures introduced in 2021 will be retained. The purpose of the stream is to support conservation repairs and small capital works to vernacular structures that are not listed in local authority Records of Protected Structures or otherwise legally protected. 

The HSF qualifying structures: Structures in the Record of Protected Structures; Structures eligible for/ proposed for inclusion in the Record of Protected Structures; Structures within Architectural Conservation Areas (ACA’s) or within the amenity of a National Monument (in exceptional circumstances). 

It is essential that the applicant read the Circular and Guidance Booklet for applicants to learn about the Scheme. It is advisable that before completing the Application Form A, that the applicant refers to the Guidance Application Form A as it outlines the details required. All applications will be reviewed by an Assessment Panel and their decisions are based upon the information submitted on the Application Form.

Queries in relation to this grant scheme should be addressed to esullivan@carlowcoco.ie