£860,000 funding scheme launched to conserve our Heritage

Date published: 29 June 2018

A £860,000 funding scheme to help conserve our historic built heritage has been opened to applications.

The Historic Environment Fund, managed by the Department for Communities (DfC), is focused on conserving heritage assets and increasing knowledge and public awareness of the historic environment.

Applications are currently being sought for £860,000 funding across four streams of Heritage Repair, Heritage Regeneration, Heritage Revival and Heritage Research.

Launching the fund, DfC Director of Historic Environment Iain Greenway said: “Our historic monuments and buildings are a key resource which, in addition to their heritage interest, are an important part of our surroundings; contribute to community pride; and help strengthen our economy, right across Northern Ireland, through tourism.

“Limited Funds are available to support the repair of scheduled monuments and listed buildings, the removal of vegetation from scheduled monuments and to encourage councils to develop maintenance initiatives. In addition funds are being invested in research and development projects and in encouraging activity in the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

“I would encourage owners and organisations to apply for available funding before the closing date of 10 August.”

All work has to be completed within the current financial year.

Further information on how to apply to the is available on the Historic Environment financial support page

Notes to editors: 

1. The Historic Environment Fund was first launched in 2016. The following
    streams of funding are open for applications this year: 

Heritage Repair - this aims to encourage sustainability and the preservation of the historic environment. Routes open this year are:

Historic Monument Repair
Listed Building Repair

Heritage Regeneration

·         Historic Monument Regeneration

·         Heritage at Risk Recording Project

Heritage Revival

·         District Council Maintenance Week Catalyst

·         Skills Development training and education

Heritage Research

·         Open fund for heritage research

2. The Historic Environment Fund was launched at 113 Hillhall Road near 
    Lisburn in Co Antrim which received money for thatching in 2017/8. It is 
    one of around 144 listed thatched buildings which survive in Northern
    Ireland.

3. Funding is limited to the current financial year and will be allocated
    based upon applications received by the deadline of 10 August.

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