We now have a Northern Ireland-based Support Officer!

Architectural Heritage Fund: Support Officer – Northern Ireland

AHF is delighted to announce that it has appointed a Northern Ireland-based Support Officer on a part-time contract, thanks to new funding from the Department for Communities’ Historic Environment Fund and the Pilgrim Trust.

This new role has been created to lead on the delivery of AHF’s Growing Community Enterprise Through Heritage project in Northern Ireland. 

The project’s objectives are to: 

  • Provide more opportunities for voluntary sector groups to develop and secure capital funding for projects which will result in the acquisition and economically sustainable re- use of historic buildings, particularly in deprived communities.
  • Inspire new community start-ups in historic buildings, particularly in areas where there are low levels of social enterprise activity
  • Champion and showcase community enterprise through heritage in Northern Ireland.  

The Support Officer role is accompanied by a new small capacity-building grants programme (Project Viability Grants and Project Development Grants) targeted at priority projects which have the greatest potential to deliver sustainable community business uses within historic buildings. This combination of hands-on support and seed funding will help community enterprises set off on the right path and attract investment.

If you've got a project in Northern Ireland and want to find out more - get in touch!