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3 Spital Yard
Spitalfields, , E1 6AQ
United Kingdom

020 7925 0199

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.



Our mission

We will use our knowledge, experience and resources to ensure as many people as possible can enjoy the cultural, social and economic benefits of a vibrant and well-managed architectural heritage.

We seek to achieve our mission by focusing on four objectives.

Objective One
To support people, communities and organisations to take ownership, repair and adapt historic buildings and places for new sustainable uses.

Objective Two
To attract more investment for the conservation and sustainable re-use of the UK’s architectural heritage.

Objective Three
To inspire the start up and growth of new community enterprises that utilise historic buildings and places for public benefit.

Objective Four
To demonstrate the value of a well-managed historic environment by championing and showcasing the impact of the projects we have supported.

Our values

We have defined the core values of the AHF that we will adhere to at all times. These are:

  • Equality and diversity
  • Customer-focus
  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity, respect and professionalism • Evidence-led decision-making
  • Pioneering and risk-taking
  • Maximising leverage
  • Legacy

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.