Heritage Council opens scheme supporting heritage-focused organisations

14 Nov 2023

The Heritage Organisation Support Fund (HOSF), which provides financial support to not-for-profit NGOs working in the heritage sector, is now open for applications.

The Heritage Council scheme enables heritage-focused organisations to fund staff salaries, rent costs, the hiring of new staff, training and skills development and piloting new ways of working. The maximum amount available per organisation is €60,000.

The variety of applicants who successfully secured funding last year demonstrates the positive impact the scheme has across the heritage spectrum. Organisations such as the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, The Irish Museums Association, Leave No Trace, Cork LGBT Archive, Butler Gallery, the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland many others benefited from funding. A full list of last year’s grantees is available on the following link:

Organisations submitting applications must be able to demonstrate either their regional or national relevance and must be undertaking actions that assist in the delivery of national policy and plans. A full overview of eligibility criteria and other relevant details are available from the Heritage Council’s website on the following link:

The Heritage Council will host a grants information webinar at 12 noon on the 23rdof November 2023, with general application advice followed by a question and answers session. You can register for the webinar from the above page. The webinar will be recorded and available on our website for viewing afterwards.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 15th of January 2024 at 5pm, and applications must be made via the Heritage Council’s online grants management system: