Growing Community Enterprise Through Heritage - support officer and grants programme

Causeway Enterprise Agency - Bushmills Courthouse

Causeway Enterprise Agency - Bushmills Courthouse

The AHF is delighted to announce that the Department of Communities for Northern Ireland Historic Environment Division and the Pilgrim Trust have confirmed further funding for the Growing Community Enterprise Through Heritage programme for 2019-20. 

The one year grant extension builds on the AHF’s existing 2 year grants programme for Northern Ireland.  The funding will enable it to continue to employ a NI Support Officer, extend grant aid, and ensure that the AHF helps bring a number of projects through to completion.

12 Project Viability and Development Grants have been awarded to a broad spectrum of projects to date, spread across Northern Ireland.  These include Bushmills Courthouse, Co. Antrim; Annagh Social Farm, Co. Tyrone; Pat Murphy House, Ederney, Co. Fermanagh; and Bangor Court House, Co. Down, all of which are listed and ‘at risk’. The AHF, and the groups and wider communities it is supporting, many of which are located in areas of deprivation, are extremely grateful for this continued support.

Editors’ Notes:

The Architectural Heritage Fund (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, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas. It is the leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK.  AHF provides advice, development grants and loans.

The Department for Communities has strategic responsibility for equality, anti-poverty initiatives, sports, arts and culture, languages, finding employment, historic environment, housing, regeneration, benefits and pensions, community and voluntary sector development, social legislation and child support.  DfC’s offer is for £37,500 and comes from the Historic Environment Fund.

The Pilgrim Trust was established over 80 years ago. Its aim is to preserve and promote Britain’s historical and intellectual assets, and to provide assistance to vulnerable members of society by supporting projects where their funds will make the greatest impact.  Its funding totals £29,197 and will support projects in 2019-20 by means of Project Viability and Project Development Grants.

For press enquiries please contact Oliver Brodrick-Ward, on 020 79250199 / oliver.brodrick-ward@ahfund.org.uk or rita.harkin@ahfund.org.uk 07789758080