We seek to achieve our mission by focusing on four objectives.
To support people, communities and organisations to take ownership, repair and adapt historic buildings and places for new sustainable uses.
To attract more investment for the conservation and sustainable re-use of the UK’s architectural heritage.
To inspire the start up and growth of new community enterprises that utilise historic buildings and places for public benefit.
To demonstrate the value of a well-managed historic environment by championing and showcasing the impact of the projects we have supported.
We have defined the core values of the AHF that we will adhere to at all times. These are:
- Equality and diversity
- Integrity, respect and professionalism • Evidence-led decision-making
- Pioneering and risk-taking
- Maximising leverage
Our commitment to each of these core values is set out in our three-year Strategy.
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. We do this by providing advice, information and financial assistance in the form of early project grants and loans for projects undertaken by charities and not-for-private profit organisations. Set up with £500,000 from the UK Government, the AHF’s lending resources are now worth nearly £13 million as a result of successive government grants, donations and accumulated surplus of income over expenditure. AHF grant programmes are financed by interest on loans and bank deposits, and Government grant-aid.
The AHF believes that better places can be built through community enterprise. Historic buildings and places play an essential role in our everyday lives, our cultural identity and our economy. Our historic environment can inspire creativity and enterprise, it brings communities together, and it makes people happier about where they live. For 40 years, we have been supporting people achieve viable community-led solutions for the re-use of historic buildings at risk.
What we can offer
The AHF is unique in that we are able to offer support to local communities at every point in the life-cycle of their project – grants for early development work and project planning, through to loans for acquisition and as working capital for project delivery. Our experienced staff also offer help and advice, giving people the skills and confidence they need to realise their ambitions.
What we have done
Since 1976, the AHF has awarded loans with a total value of £125m to over 890 projects across the UK and has disbursed more than 750 individual early project grants totalling over £10M.