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Spitalfields, , E1 6AQ
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The AHF appreciates that neglected buildings which are all too familiar in our towns, cities and countryside can, with a little imagination and a lot of enthusiasm, be rescued to become assets for their communities by people wanting to make a difference. The AHF has helped hundreds of organisations throughout the UK to do exactly that.

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The Architectural Heritage Fund

Who we are

The AHF is a registered charity, working since 1976 to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas.

We are the leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK.

Where a building is listed, scheduled, or within a conservation area or of acknowledged historic merit – and potentially involves a change of ownership and/or use we can help with our advice, development grants or loans. Could your project be next?

What we do

The AHF can offer advice, grants and loans to projects that have the potential to deliver substantial social and economic benefits where they are needed most. Find out more:







Our impact

The impact of the AHF in the last fifteen years alone includes...

293 historic buildings at risk have been rescued across the UK thanks to £3.7 million of AHF grants and over £46 million of AHF loans,  resulting in a staggering £402 million of additional investment levered in to these completed projects as a direct result of the AHF’s initial commitment.

An analysis of a sample of projects that benefitted from an AHF early project grant over the last few years found that they were far more likely to achieve success with their grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund than those projects that were not helped by the AHF.

In just the last year alone we have supported over 140 projects ranging geographically from Cornwall to the north of Shetland, and spanning chronologically from a 12th century former hospital building to a 1960s former seminary.

Recent case studies

The AHF’s lending resources derive from government grants, donations and accumulated surplus of income over expenditure. AHF grant programmes are financed by interest on loans and bank deposits and grant-aid from Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, Cadw, the Northern Ireland Department for Communities, and the UK Government.