The Department’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.
Funding and the impact of Coronavirus
In this challenging and difficult time, we’re committed to continuing to provide our services and support to everyone as best we can. At present we are reviewing our funding arrangements and budget to ensure that, if we have available funds, that we can target this where it can be most effective at this time.
Historic Environment Fund
In the financial year 2019/20 the Department sought to support works and activity aimed at: conserving heritage assets and increasing our knowledge and public awareness of the historic environment.
This arranged support under four 'Streams' – Research, Repair, Regeneration and Revival each with a number of funding routes.
Applications closed to most streams of the fund, including help with repair costs, on 10 June 2019.
It is likely that this arrangement will inform the approach taken to funding in 20/21 should this be available, and if you want to find out more detail on the constraints that may apply, you can find more information in the Historic Environment Fund Guidance Notes.
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.
Funding for Places of Worship
Historic Environment Division has supported the National Churches Trust to develop a funding stream for churches in Northern Ireland. The project which is also supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and the Pilgrim Trust, will run for three years from 2020 - 2023. Its aim is to make it easier for those responsible to look after church or chapel buildings. Grants for repairs and help and advice are available as part of the project.
Listed Place of Worship Grant Scheme
The Listed Places of Worship (LPW) Grant Scheme gives grants that cover the VAT incurred in making repairs to listed buildings in use as places of worship. The scheme covers repairs to the fabric of the building, along with associated professional fees, plus repairs to turret clocks, pews, bells and pipe organs. The Scheme is run by a contractor for the Department of Culture Media and Sport. The scheme is currently funded until March 2021.
Other Sources of Funding
The Heritage Funding Directory is managed by The Heritage Alliance and the Architectural Heritage Fund, and provides a free guide to financial and other support for anyone undertaking UK related heritage projects.
The Directory’s entries cover historic buildings, landscapes, parks and gardens, churchyards and cemeteries, industrial heritage, archives, historic churches, museums, archaeology, environmental, heritage skills, conservation and more.
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