AHF grant programmes in England - closed for applications

AHF’s 3-year Growing Community Enterprise Through Heritage programme, funded by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has now closed.

Transforming Places through Heritage

Launching in late spring 2019, a new £15 million fund will help support organisations contribute to the regeneration and reimagining of England’s high streets and town centres through the reuse of historic buildings. The Transforming Places Through Heritage programme forms part of the UK Government’s £675 million package of investment in the ‘Future High Streets Fund’.

What is the programme aiming to achieve?

The main focus of AHF’s element of the funding will be on supporting projects led by charities and social enterprises that assist the transition of places from primarily retail-focused environments to a mix of social, economic and community uses, empowering communities to take on and manage assets for themselves.

Which areas will be eligible?

The programme will focus on places where strategic regeneration programmes are planned or are already underway. Funding and capacity building support will be targeted primarily at projects within Heritage Action Zones or town/city centre Conservation Areas in places that have secured funding through the Future High Streets Fund administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. Historic building projects located within other area-based regeneration programmes, such as Townscape Heritage areas or where an applicant can demonstrate a significant community-led strategic approach is in place, will also be considered. Therefore projects should not be standalone but sit within a wider initiative to regenerate and bring a new purpose to the immediate surrounding area.

If your local authority is successful in securing investment under the Future High Streets Fund and / or has Heritage Action Zone funding individual projects will not be able to use these sources as match funding for this grant programme.

Who will be able to apply?

Any charity, community business or social enterprise with proposals which meet the programme objectives, such as charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs), community interest companies (CICs) and community benefit societies.

It is anticipated that beneficiaries will include organisations working in a range of sectors such as housing, leisure, health and social care, as well as specialist heritage conservation charities, such as building preservation trusts. We are particularly keen to encourage partnerships of heritage and social economy organisations.

The programme’s funding is aimed at projects in England only.

What types of funding will be available?

Seed funding through Project Viability Grants will be available to help test ideas and to get new projects off the ground. 

Project Development Grants will support the later stages of capital projects and development costs.

Different forms of social investment, including community shares and crowd funding match financing, will also be made available to assist projects and organisations to deliver projects and raise additional funds.

For projects with the potential to be exemplars – those which offer the best, most scalable new ideas – a limited number of capital grants will be available.

What other support will be available

A team of Programme Support and Consultant Project Advisors will support projects seeking and receiving funding through the programme.

For further information email ahf@ahfund.org.uk

Please note that current grant programmes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will remain open for applications as usual.