Historic Towns Initiative 2020

The Historic Towns Initiative (HTI) 2020 is a joint undertaking by the Department and the Heritage Council. It builds upon the successful HTI 2018 and 2019 projects, which together funded conservation-led projects in twelve towns across the country.

Please note this scheme is now closed

The HTI 2021 was open for applications from local authorities from 11 December 2020 to 5th February 2021.

The scheme guidance for 2021 applicants is available to view/download below for reference.

Information Workshop

The Heritage Council hosted a workshop for local authority personnel interested in applying for the HTI 2021 via Zoom on 14 January 2021. View the presentations and videos below.

Welcome and Minister's Address (10 mins)

Introduction and welcome from Ms Virginia Teehan, CEO, the Heritage Council
Address by Mr Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

The Department of Rural and Community Development Town Centre Living Initiative: Six Pilot Towns Synthesis Report

Dr Philip Crowe, Assistant Professor, School of Civil Engineering and the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy. Co-Director of the UCD Centre for Irish Towns

Short Case studies: HTI projects completed in 2020

Community-led regeneration Denny St and Day Place, Tralee, Co Kerry

Regenerating Roscommon Town: Spire Quarter 2020

Ballina, Co Mayo: streetscape improvement works

Sligo town: O’Connell Street Conservation Programme

Ramelton, Co Donegal: heritage-led regeneration

Streetscape conservation works in Callan, Co Kilkenny

Operation of the Historic Towns Grant Scheme - Advice and Tips for your application

Ian Doyle, Head of Conservation, The Heritage Council and Amanda Ryan, Grants Officer, The Heritage Council


Putting Town Centres First- A Heritage Council Podcast