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Current Funding Available

We are currently offering grants of up to £10,000 to support early-stage feasibility work on historic building projects.

This grant programme has been made possible by funding from Historic England and the Pilgrim Trust.

You can find out more about grants available, the work we can support and how to apply below.

 

Project Viability Grants

Grant size: Up to £10,000

Length: Up to one year

Location: Anywhere in England

Organisation type: Charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises

Funding covers: Project costs and overheads

Project stage: RIBA Plan of Work stage 0 - 2

Match-funding: Preferred, but not essential

Timetable: We run a two-stage application process.

  • Submit an Expression of Interest anytime.
  • You will hear back from us within 6 weeks.
  • If your project is a close match with our funding priorities, we will invite you to submit a full application.
  • We will let you know if your bid has been successful 2 - 3 months after receiving your second stage application. 

 

We are currently offering grants of up to £10,000 to support early-stage feasibility work on historic building projects.

You may be thinking about forming an organisation, have been recently constituted, or be a longstanding organisation tackling a new project. You have identified a building - either already in your ownership or one you have a reasonable prospect of acquiring. You may have some ideas about how the building could be restored and used but want to explore the options and test whether these will work.

In 2023/24, we will prioritise projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Involve new use of a vacant historic building.
  • Are in the top 30% most deprived areas (according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation).
  • Involve and support diverse communities.
  • Have a strong focus on environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.
  • Help revive high streets.
  • Contribute to local regeneration schemes.

These grants should help you to establish whether a project is feasible. Work will probably focus on understanding the condition of the building, how it might be used, and whether that intended use is appropriate for the building and likely to be sustainable.

This grant programme is supported by funding from Historic England and the Pilgrim Trust.

Download Programme Guidance Notes

Enquire and Apply

Please follow these steps to apply to us for funding.

  1. Check you are eligible here.
  2. Read our Programme Guidance.
  3. Complete our short online Expression of Interest form. Our Application Help Notes will help you to do this.

You will hear the outcome of your initial Expression of Interest within 6 weeks. If your organisation and project are eligible and appear to be a good fit with our priorities, we will invite you to submit a full application and send you a link to the online application form. You can complete and submit this to us when you are ready. We will let you know if your bid has been successful 2 - 3 months after receiving your second stage application. If your application is unsuccessful, we will provide feedback.

[If you have already started working on an application and have an online draft saved prior to 28th April, the older version of the application form can be accessed here. For all new applications, please complete the EOI form instead to begin the process.]

Grant Offers

Please follow click here for a list of our grant offers. 

The AHF has signed up to #FlexibleFunders; a community of funders committed to open and trusting practices in grant making by:

  •  Making grants in a way that reflects the realities facing VCSE organisations now and for the foreseeable future.

  • Managing grants and relationships in a way that reflects our confidence in and respect for the organisations we fund.

    For more information about #Flexible Funders, click here.