In recent years Ireland’s historic towns have experienced increased vacancy and dereliction particularly within the historic core. The internationally recognised practice of heritage-led regeneration demonstrates that the cultural heritage of historic towns can be used to create a desirable place in which people can live, visit and do business in. With leadership, vision and investment, heritage-led regeneration can bring economic benefits that will enable our historic towns to prosper, through increased visitor numbers and decreased numbers of vacant buildings and commercial premises. 

The 2013-14 Historic Towns Initiative (HTI) was a joint pilot undertaking by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Fáilte Ireland and the Heritage Council which promoted the heritage-led regeneration of Ireland’s historic towns. 

Lessons learned from this pilot have been used to develop a dedicated grants programme for 2018 – the Historic Towns Initiative (HTI). This will allocate a sum of €1 million to historic towns who are engaged in heritage-led urban regeneration (envisaged that about 10 towns will benefit from the scheme).

Closing date for applications is 22nd February 2018. For full details of the scheme visit