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.

This arranges support under four 'Streams' – Research, Repair, Regeneration and Revival each contain a number of funding routes.

Applications closed to most streams of the fund, including help with repair costs, on 10 June 2019.

Two remaining funding routes are open to application:

Heritage Revival Stream

  • Heritage Schools Transport Fund- Support for the cost of transport to visit State Care Monuments (applications close 10 September). 

More information and an application form can be found in the Heritage Revival Stream Guidance Notes.        

Heritage Research Stream

This aims to improve understanding and facilitate excellence via heritage research. Information on the 2019/20 scheme is available in the Research Stream application form and guidance. The closing date  for application to this Stream is 10 August 2019.

The following funding route is open in 2019/20:

  • Open Fund for Heritage Research Including proposals in regard to the;
    • University Fund
    • Post Excavation Fund
    • Incubation-Innovation Fund
    • Archaeological Investigation
    • Conservation Plan seed Funding

A summary of the routes supported by the overall Fund, is provided in the Framework of support document. Supported projects all have to be completed by 23 March 2020.

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 check these before contacting us for clarification in regard to its requirements.

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.

Heritage Impact Fund

The Department has also provided funding to the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) in 2019/20 to support it to provide loans to applicants in Northern Ireland seeking to ‘acquire, reuse or redevelop buildings which are of historic or architectural importance - these may be buildings which are listed, in a Conservation Area, or may be of special significance to the community. The end use should be financially viable and help support the objectives of the organisation and provide impact to or benefits for the communities in which the buildings are based.’

Village Catalyst Pilot

Historic Environment Division is currently working with colleagues in DAERA and the Architectural Heritage Fund to develop a new way to support communities to tackle social isolation and rural poverty in their villages by developing sustainable uses for heritage at risk. A pilot is currently under way. Prospective applicants have been identified based upon previous engagement with the AHF through its DfC supported Growing Community Enterprise Through Heritage project. 

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