In 2011, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht introduced a new scheme, entitled the Structures at Risk Fund (SRF) in the current pausing of the operation of the Civic Structures Conservation Grants Scheme and the Local Authority Conservation Grants Scheme. The SRF will continue to operate in 2012 and will run for the 2012 calendar year.
Purpose of Structures at Risk Fund
The SRF represents a method of prioritising funding to ensure that monies are spent in the most efficient way on vulnerable aspects of Ireland’s architectural heritage. The fund is intended to assist with works to safeguard structures protected under the Planning and Development Acts and, in certain cases, works to structures within Architectural Conservation Areas, where, in the opinion of the Department, an urgent need for works to
such structures has arisen and has been demonstrated. Only structures in immediate danger of significant deterioration will qualify for consideration for funding by the Department.
The fund is not intended to assist in the carrying out of routine maintenance, alterations or improvements. Due to the limited resources available for the operation of this fund (€500,000) the Department will consider no more than 2 applications per city or county council. It will be a matter for each local authority to prioritise applications for consideration under the fund.
Completed forms have to be submitted to Cork City Council by 4pm, Tuesday 17 April 2012. Cork City Council then makes an application to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht by Friday 20 April 2012 once t has assessed the applications.
Application forms are available from the Grants Scheme webpage