Over a million pounds available for investment in Built Heritage
Three funds totalling more than £1million aimed at conserving heritage assets, tackling social isolation, poverty, and increasing knowledge and public awareness, are now open for applications, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has confirmed
(via Department for Communities)
Minister Hargey said:
“I am delighted that my Department is able to facilitate this much needed support for our heritage. Our historic buildings and monuments are a key part of what makes where we live and work unique. Well conserved and in use, they add greatly to the character of our surroundings, give us a strong sense of a shared history and help to drive our economy though encouraging tourism and other direct investment. This funding aims to support the owners and communities who are working so hard to maintain our heritage and enable its full potential to be realised.”
The Historic Environment Fund District Council Heritage Development Support Stream is a fund of up to £10k per council to help them carry out heritage development activity. This can be wide ranging and follows a successful pilot last year where talks, walks, heritage trails, maintenance work and signage associated with buildings and monuments were all supported.
The Village Catalyst is a partnership of Department for Communities (DfC) with Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera), The Housing Executive and the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) focused on enabling village communities to develop new uses for historic buildings at risk that tackle social isolation and rural poverty. This year £690k of support for viability, development and the delivery of projects on site is available. Individual awards for site work are capped at £200k per scheme.