Fingal County Council announced in November that it was inviting applications under a number of schemes for works to be done in 2021 for small, medium or large-scale repairs or conservation projects to Protected Structures and in certain circumstances to buildings that enhance Architectural Conservation Areas within the Fingal area. The initial closing date for applications was the end of January. Due to current restrictions in place the closing date for this funding has been extended.
The closing date for the submission of completed applications for the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and Historic Structures Fund has been extended to 5PM FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2021. For the Stitch in Time Grant a specific closing date is not being set, instead it will remain open until the budget it fully allocated so applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis.
Conservation Officer Helena Bergin said “Despite the significant disruptions to contractors and business by the localised and national Covid 19 restrictions in 2020 it was possible to complete most of the conservation projects that received funding approval. With the experience of working through 2020 there is an understanding of the need for some flexibility to timelines and so the closing dates for applications to the funding schemes for conservation repairs have been extended to give additional time to obtain quotations from contractors.”Funding is available under the following schemes: Architectural Heritage Fund’s “Stitch in Time Grant” 2021,Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2021, Historic Structures Fund 2021,Pilot Stream for Historic Shopfronts & Traditional Irish Language Shopfronts under Historic Structures Fund 2021, Pilot Stream for Vernacular .Structures under Historic Structures Fund 2021.For owners carrying out routine maintenance or small repairs to the historic fabric of their homes Fingal County Council’s own Stitch in Time scheme offers grants between €100 to €2,500 For more substantial works funding is available through the Built Heritage Investment Scheme or the Historic Structures Fund. The Historic Structures Fund has been expanded in 2021 to allow applications for a pilot scheme for the conservation of a vernacular structure that is not a Protected Structure and another pilot scheme for the refurbishment of a historic shopfront and traditional Irish Language shopfronts. Application forms for all three schemes are available on Fingal County Council website.Please note that applicants cannot avail of funding under both the Historic Structures Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme in the same year and so should only apply for one scheme.