Apply for a Grant
The AHF can provide grants, subject to eligibility, to help with assessing the viability of a project, or to help fund development costs.
First, please download and read the guidance notes, and the details of the supporting information you will be asked to provide.
We strongly encourage you to discuss any potential application with the relevant Support Officer in your area before submitting an application.
You can start the application process using the link at the bottom of this page. We recommend preparing your answers before beginning the online application using a Word document of the questions here - please note however formal applications can only be accepted online.
Note that for an application to be considered the online application and supporting documents must both have been received by the deadline date.
We generally expect applicants to cover at least 50% of the cost of the work. i.e. you must normally be able to match our grant offer with your own funds or with funds raised from other sources. Some exclusions apply; contact your local Support Officer for more details.
Please note that our eligibility criteria and funding priorities have recently changed; please read the updated Guidance Notes for details.
Grant application deadlines
The deadline for applications for both Project Viability Grants and Project Development Grants of up to £7,500 is 5pm on the last day of each calendar month.
We aim to give you a decision within 8 weeks.
Project Development Grant applications for more than £7,500 go to our Trustee Grants Panel meetings for decision, and have the following specific deadlines:
Deadline has closed for 28 March Grants Panel meeting
9am on 14 May for 20 June Grants Panel meeting
9am on 28 August for 26 September Grants Panel meeting
9am on 29 October for 6 December Grants Panel meeting
Project Viability Grant (PVG)
Project Viability Grants (PVG) are to fund studies to look at potential uses for a building and at its current condition, and produce a Viability Report to a standard template. Successful completion of this will be used to judge whether applicants can then apply for the AHF’s Project Development Grant funding, and can be used to secure further funding elsewhere. This grant is administered on a rolling basis. We aim to let you know whether you have been successful within six weeks.
Cywaith Legacy Fund
In Wales, thanks to an asset transfer from Cywaith: Gwynedd Buildings Preservation Trust this fund is open to community-led organisations operating Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conwy to find sustainable new uses for historic buildings. We will prioritise projects which will make a significant social impact. Grants of up to £5,000 are available and up to £25,000 in exceptional circumstances. Organisations which are interested in this fund should contact the Support Officer for Wales prior to submitting an application.
Applications to this fund are made using the standard application form below.
Project Development Grant (PDG)
The Project Development Grant (PDG) scheme is intended to assist an organisation to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project and taking it towards the start of work on site.
To qualify, an organisation must have established that the end use of the project is likely to be viable and have decided to take the project forward.
Scottish Community Development Grant (SCDG)
In Scotland, thanks to additional funding from Historic Environment Scotland, projects that are community-led are eligible to apply to the new Community Development Support Grant for up to £50,000 per project.
Projects that are interested in this fund should discuss their potential eligibility with the Support Officer for Scotland prior to making an application.
Applications to this fund are made using the standard Project Development Grant application form below.
Please note that our eligibility criteria and funding priorities have recently changed - see the updated Guidance Notes for details.
If you are unsure about any aspect of your application, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7925 0199.