Historic Structures Fund

Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2022

The primary focus of the Historic Structures Fund is on conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the benefit of communities and the public.

The core aims of this fund are to:

  • enable larger scale conservation works to be carried out on heritage structures which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support;
  • encourage the regeneration and reuse of heritage properties and to help to secure the preservation of protected structures and/or historic-culturally significant assets;
  • support the investment of private capital in labour-intensive projects to conserve historic structures in public and private ownership for community use.
  • support employment in the conservation and construction industries.
  • build resilience in our heritage properties to enable them to withstand the effects of climate change

The scheme is designed to assist the owners and/or occupiers of structures/properties that are protected under the Planning and Development Act. It is 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

The HSF 2022 will be structured as follows:

Stream 1: (from €15,000 up to €50,000) for essential repairs and smaller capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of heritage structures.

Stream 1, Historic Shopfronts sub-stream: for essential repairs and small capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of historic shop facades, windows, signage and other associated details to safeguard them and keep them in use.

Stream 2: (from €50,000 up to €200,000) for larger enhancement, refurbishment or reuse projects involving heritage structures, where:

  • a clear community or public benefit has been demonstrated, or
  • a clear residential benefit has been demonstrated (such projects must be advanced through the planning process as necessary)

Vernacular Structures Stream: to support conservation repairs and small capital works to vernacular structures that are not listed in local authority Records of Protected Structures or otherwise legally protected. Such structures may be located within an Architectural Conservation Area. All local authorities can apply for funding for specific projects of between €5,000 and €10,000 for eligible projects.

Successful applicants will be required to, at a minimum, match their funding award.

Match Funding

The maximum grant available for Stream 1 and the Vernacular Structures Stream will be 80% of the eligible costs.

The maximum grant available for Stream 2 will generally be 50% of the eligible costs, however, applicants may seek a higher percentage, up to 80%, in exceptional circumstances.

Due to the limited capital resources available for the operation of the HSF (€4m nationally), the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage will consider 5 applications per Local Authority, only 1 of which may be a publicly-owned building.

How to apply?

The HSF 2020 Circular and application form are available to download below.  Hard copies are also available at Planning Reception.

HSF Circular – Historic Structures Fund 2022 Circular
HSF Application – HSF2022 Appendix I – Form A (Applicant)

This fund is now closed for applications for 2022.

Funding Announcement

Monaghan County Council is pleased to announce the following structures have been successful and have secured provisional funding under the Historic Structures Fund 2022.


Historic Structures Fund 2022

 Site Name & Address                                                                                Proposed Grant


Rossmore Mausoleum, Rossmore Park €200,000


Holy Trinity Church, Rockcorry   €20,000



If you have any queries in relation to the operation of this scheme please contact Bronagh Treanor, Assistant Planner 047 30532.

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