The BHIS seeks to encourage the investment of private capital in a number of small-scale, labour-intensive projects to repair and conserve historic structures and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople, and tradespersons in the repair of the historic built environment. The scheme is designed to assist the owners and/or occupiers of structures/properties that are protected or proposed to be protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), and also historic thatched structures/properties not currently protected or proposed to be protected. The scheme is being administered by Monaghan County Council’s Planning Section.


The categories of structures/properties eligible for funding under this scheme are:

  • Protected Structures
  • Proposed Protected Structures
  • Structures/properties in Architectural Conservation Areas or within the amenity of a National Monument, where exceptional circumstances are deemed by the Department to apply
  • Historic thatched structures which are neither currently protected/nor proposed for protection


Funding available

The minimum funding award under this scheme will be €2,500, up to a maximum of €15,000. Successful applicants are required to, at a minimum, match their funding award. The overall allocation for County Monaghan in 2024 is €96,000. In addition to the above allocation, a further €5,000 of ring-fenced funding has been allocated to County Monaghan under the 2024 BHIS for conservation repairs to thatched structures to maximise the availability of financial assistance to such owners, helping them offset other costs. The funded works are not limited to repairs to the thatch itself and all eligible conservation works listed in the BHIS Circular will be eligible for funding under this stream. Although the mainstream BHIS generally requires private match funding of a minimum of 50% of the total project cost, the ring-fenced thatch stream will only require a minimum of 20% match funding. Unlike the mainstream BHIS, the match funding may include other grant funding.


How to apply

 Please note: Applications are now closed for 2024 funding.

 The BHIS 2024 Circular is available to download.

The BHIS 2024 Circular outlines full details of the terms and conditions of the funding.


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