What We Do
Advice and Support
We have a network of regional officers who can offer advice and support to your group, whatever stage you are at. We help not-for-profit organisations and charities to rescue, restore and re-use historic buildings in private, local authority or charitable ownership, subject to eligibility.
You may be in the early stages of thinking about forming a group.
You may be a member of a long-standing group that hasn’t tackled a restoration project for a long time.
You may be looking at a particular building and have some great ideas for re-using it.
You may want to create a social enterprise in a historic building.
You may want to know about the sorts of grants we can offer.
You may want to know about other potential funders and how our grants fit in.
You may have been offered a historic building at risk and want to know what to do with it.
The AHF has a network of local officers who can guide you through the entire process and if we can’t help, we’ll signpost you to other organisations that may be able to.
Setting up a charity or not-for-profit organisation
Charities and not-for-profit organisations exist in a number of forms, including:
Building Preservation Trusts, created specifically to rescue historic buildings at risk
Charitable Incorporated Organisations, combining aspects of a charity with those of a trading company
Industrial Provident Societies, conducting any legal business except investment for profit
Information on the different potential structures can be found here. All charities work for the public benefit and abide by strict regulations.
For information on Industrial Provident Societies, please visit the Prudential Regulation Authority. For more guidance on how to set up a charity, visit the relevant regulators websites: The Charity Commission; The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland; Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
Building Preservation Trusts
BPTs are established according to a recognised format approved by the Charity Commission and have all the powers necessary to rescue historic buildings.
If you think the BPT format would be right for your organisation, please contact us. To check if an existing charity qualifies as a BPT, the AHF will need to see a copy of the charity’s governing document.
If a BPT is the most suitable format for your organisation, the AHF can provide a Standard Governing Document recognised by the Charity Commission.
For further information about the network of BPT’s or for details of a trust in your area, please visit the Heritage Trust Network (formerly the Association of Preservation Trusts) at www.heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk.
BRICKwork.org by The Prince’s Regeneration Trust
www.brick-work.org was a website set up by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) for its HLF Catalyst-funded BRICK Education Programme between 2014 and 2018. The BRICK Programme was designed to provide expertise, advice, training and connectivity for community groups seeking tor rescue historic buildings and bring them back into sustainable use.
As part of the BRICK Programme’s legacy, five tailored resource packs were specially developed for the BRICK-work website, containing ‘How To’ guides, video presentations and training exercises in five key subject areas. These resource packs address the topics of Governance, Business Planning, Fundraising, Options Development and Digital Innovation and are completely free to download.
The www.BRICK-work.org digital platform ensures that people working on heritage projects can continue access the knowledge and expertise built up by PRT (now part of The Prince’s Foundation) over its 20 years of working in UK heritage-led regeneration.