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Pilot Conservation Advice Grant Scheme Announced

The Department of Housing, Heritage and Local government has announced a new pilot scheme to provide conservation advice to owners of protected structures that could benefit Wicklow.

The scheme will provide grants of €3,000 (ex VAT) to cover the cost of having a conservation-accredited architect visit a protected structure, conduct a survey, and compile tailored conservation advice for the property owner.

This report will suggest a maintenance schedule for the building and outline repairs and improvements which would enhance the building’s character, integrity, and amenity.

The aim of the scheme is to help owners of protected structures to understand the value and potential of the architectural heritage of their buildings and to prompt them to consider investments which could enhance that value, whether funded privately or through conservation grants.

Applicants must complete the short application form and submit it to builtheritage@housing.gov.ie by Friday, September 30thusing the subject line ‘Conservation Advice Pilot Scheme’.

Alternatively, applicants may submit their form by post to:  Conservation Advice Pilot Scheme, Built Heritage Policy Unit, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, 1.06 Custom House, D01 W6X0, by the same date.

Information and application forms are available at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/32ae3-financial-assistance-for-architectural-heritage/.

 Successful applicants will be selected by lottery and provided by the Department with a list of conservation architects participating in the scheme. The applicant will then select an architect from the list and arrange a site visit.

 Based on the site visit the architect will compile a report using the Conservation Advice Template attached. The completed report will be provided to both the building owner and the Department. The Department will use the reports only for the purpose of approving the grant payment, in line with the Data Privacy Statement attached.

The Department will make grant payments directly to the architect on receipt and approval of the required Conservation Advice and invoice.

The Record of protected structures for County Wicklow is available at https://www.wicklow.ie/Living/Services/Planning , application forms are also available to access at www.wicklow.ie under news and events.

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