Cork County Council is now inviting applications under the Structures at Risk Fund, 2015. This scheme was introduced by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the amount of funding being made available nationally is €624,000, to be divided amongst the 31 Irish Local Authorities.

The purpose of the Structures at Risk Fund (SRF) is to assist with works to safeguard structures protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended); including works to proposed protected structures, and in certain cases, works to safeguard 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 scheme is not intended to assist in the carrying out of routine maintenance, alterations or improvements.

Due to limited capital resources available only two applications from each Local Authority will be accepted for consideration by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The attached document outlines the operation of the scheme and includes the relevant application forms. Anyone interested in applying must ensure their application (completed form together with accompanying documents such as photographs, method statements, etc.) is submitted to the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council, no later than 16.00 on Friday the 13th of March 2015, in order to comply with the timescales set out by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, for this scheme. Applications will be assessed under the criteria of the scheme. Two applications will then be chosen for submission to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for consideration of funding. Please be advised that incomplete or late application forms will not be accepted under any circumstances.

All applications shall be submitted to the Heritage Unit, Planning Department, Floor 3, County Hall, by 16:00 on Friday the 13th of March 2013. The submission must include an electronic version of the application and associated documents, the size of which shall not exceed 15MB.

Please click here for further information and for the application form itself. For all additional queries please contact the Conservation Officer, Heritage Unit, Floor 3, County Hall, Cork, 021-4276891.