The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society encourages our members and the wider public to respond to consultation on the Historic Environment Fund.
This consultation is particularly important in the context of recent reductions in funding to the historic built environment in Northern Ireland including the withdrawal of Grant Aid for listed buildings. Listed building grant aid helped against the gap in added costs VAT imposed on the retention and restoration of exisitng buildings over new build. It also help relieve the costs of conservation deficit, encouraging appropriate repair, re-use and regeneration of our historic buildings. We recommend that steps for the reinstatement of grant aid are taken through the funding framework and its implimentation, particularly for endangered thatch buildings and other of our most vulnerable buildings at risk. We welcome the inclusion of a Heritage at Risk strategy within the proposed model.
Have your say on the draft policy proposals for the strategic direction of funding for the historic environment, as outlined below.
Hurry. Closes Monday 6th June at 5pm.