The Department for Communities has launched its roof repair fund which is aimed at funding roof repairs to listed buildings. The scheme opened on 17th May 2021 and will close again for applications on the 21 June 2021. Owners of listed buildings can apply for a £5,000 repair grant for work to roofs, chimneys and gutters while £10,000 is available for thatched roof repairs.
Launching the fund, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey said: “Our listed buildings are a precious resource which provide character to our place and remind us of our shared history. It is important that we work together to ensure that they are maintained for the future and that the full potential they hold for the present is realised…the fund has been designed to allow a swift processing of applications to deliver support quickly to where it is needed. The focus on roofs reflects an increase in the number of buildings on the Heritage at Risk register over recent years”
Our work tells us that in many cased the primary cause of decay in historic buildings began with a small roof defect which was perhaps unnoticed until it got larger by which time there was a significant repair needed. Our recent work in undertaking drone surveys of larger historic buildings has reaffirmed this link and we really welcome the news from the Department.
The grant application will be judged on a criteria with those scoring highest receiving support in line with the aims of the fund.