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.

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.


AHF funding gives the Trust the ability to move a project from an idea and an initial discussion into real action. This builds confidence with local authority partners that the Trust can deliver and leads to securing further funding from a range of partners.
— Martin Hulse , Trust Manager, Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust

Project Viability Grant (PVG)

Maximum £7,500

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.

Download Guidance Notes

Download Viability Report Template


Cywaith Legacy Fund

Maximum £30,000

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 here.

Project Development Grant (PDG)

Maximum £30,000

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.

Download Guidance Notes

Download Supporting Document Info


Scottish Community Development Grant (SCDG)

Maximum £50,000

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 here