“Historic Buildings are an important part of our Heritage and there are approximately 1,800 buildings listed on the Record of Protected Structures in County Westmeath,” says Heritage Officer Melanie McQuade. “Anyone who owns an historic building will appreciate the importance of maintenance and its associated cost. Each year the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage offers grant-aided assistance for the conservation of historic buildings. The focus is on small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve our historic buildings, while also providing vital support for local jobs in conservation, traditional skills and construction.”
Melanie explains that two grant schemes are available for the repair and conservation of historic structures. “Owners of Protected Structures can apply for grants of up to €15,000 under the ‘Built Heritage Investment Scheme’,” says Melanie. “The ‘Historic Structures Fund’ offers financial assistance for the conservation and enhancement of historic buildings for the benefit of communities and the public. This year Pilot funding streams are being offered for Vernacular Structures and for Historic Shop Fronts, with a separate allocation for the conservation of traditional Irish-language shopfronts.”
Given the current restrictions due to Covid-19, the Department have extended the deadline for applications. Those applying for grants to buildings in Westmeath now have until 26th February to submit their applications. Further details and application forms for each of these grant schemes can be found on the Conservation & Heritage Grants page.
Any queries on these grant schemes can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (087) 607 4496.
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 18/01/2021