Historic environment financial support

The Historic Environment Division’s aim is to ‘help communities to enjoy and realise the value of our historic environment’. One way of doing this is through providing financial assistance.

Historic Environment Fund

The Department seeks to support works and activity aimed at: conserving heritage assets and increasing our knowledge and public awareness of the historic environment.

In 2016, following public consultation, it launched the Historic Environment Fund. This arranged support under four 'Streams'. Submissions were considered in batches following calls for applications in September 2016 and 2017.

This year, the Department is opening the Fund earlier to allow more time to carry out work. Most funding streams opened for applications on 28 June with a closing date of 10 August. The fund is similar to previous years, with support for repair work still capped at £50k per scheme.

Heritage Repair Stream

This aims to encourage sustainability and the preservation of the historic environment. 

Information on the 2018/19 scheme can be found in the 'Repair Stream application form and guidance' document on the Historic Environment Fund guidance and application forms page.

Applications are invited from those seeking support for Scheduled Monument Repairs and Listed Building Repairs. Listed building repair works must be carried out to the standard set out in the 'Advisory Standards for repair and guidance for work to Listed Buildings' document on the Historic Environment Fund guidance and application forms page.

Heritage Revival Stream

This aims to promote the social value of our historic environment and the innate contribution this can make to wellbeing and sustainable employment. Information on the 2018/19 scheme is available in the 'Revival Stream application form and guidance' document on the Historic Environment Fund guidance and application forms page.

The following funding routes are open in 2018/19:

  • District Council Maintenance Week Catalyst - Support for District Councils to encourage maintenance activities.
  • Skills development with training and education - Skills Catalyst support fund
  • Heritage Schools Transport Fund- Transport Catalyst support fund (This will open later in the year)
  • Historic Environment Awards - The Department has decided to allocate support to the following awards: Support for 2018 Heritage Angels, HBC Heritage maintenance award, European Year of Cultural Heritage

Heritage Regeneration Stream

This aims to strengthen and improve the physical environment and foster the positive identity among local communities. It also aims to support third sector capacity and regeneration initiatives. Information on the 2018/19 scheme is available in the 'Regeneration Stream application form and guidance' document on the Historic Environment Fund guidance and application forms page.

The following funding routes are open in 2018/19:

  • Historic Monument Regeneration - Vegetation removal / halting monument decline
  • Historic Churches Regeneration - a Historic Churches Capacity Building Project
  • HAR (Heritage At Risk) - delivery of this recording and advocacy project

The Department is also continuing to support the following projects:

  • Community Enterprise Catalyst. A two year project by the Architectural Heritage Fund running from 2016/17 which seeks to build community enterprise in the heritage sector.
  • District Council Heritage Officer Pilot Project. A three year joint project running from 2016/17 with Derry City and Strabane District Council to unlock strategic heritage initiatives, improve the physical environment, and improve awareness of the potential of the historic environment in one council area. Findings will be shared across all district councils.

Heritage Research Stream

This aims to improve understanding and facilitate excellence via heritage research. Information on the 2018/19 scheme is available in the 'Research Stream application form and guidance' document on the Historic Environment Fund guidance and application forms page.

Following a consideration of strategic research requirements for the sector the Department has decided to allocate available funds to the following projects:

  • Archaeology Way Forward Secretariat
  • Sectoral ‘NI Heritage Delivers’ website
  • Listed Building Condition Survey
  • CITB Heritage Skills Research completion
  • Climate Change and Heritage Assets Review

However, should budget become available support will be offered to projects which have applied to the Open Fund for Heritage Research through this stream. Applications will be considered against the criteria of the stream and awards will be allocated based upon score and available budget.

Historic Environment Fund

Information on the overall Fund, including an indication of support routes that may be available in future years, is provided in the 'Framework of support' document on the Historic Environment Fund guidance and application forms page. 

Frequently Asked Questions

We have prepared a list of questions that we have anticipated that you may ask in regard to the Fund. You should look at this FAQ list before contacting us for clarification in regard to its requirements.

Other Financial Support

Funds for Historic Buildings Database

Further information on sources of funding available is available through the Funds for Historic Buildings database. This has been compiled by the Architectural Heritage Fund with the support of the Department. It lists over 250 separate sources of funding available in the UK for historic buildings.

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