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Current Funding Available

We are currently offering grants of up to £15,000 to help assess the viability of historic building projects, and up to £20,000 towards development work to progress plans for historic buildings.

This grants 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 £15,000

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

We are currently offering grants of up to £15,000 to support early-stage work on historic building projects.

These grants should help you to establish whether a project is viable. 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.

Download England Programme Guidance Notes

 

Project Development Grants

Grant size: Up to £20,000

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 2 - 4

Match-funding: Preferred but not essential

We are currently offering grants of up to £20,000 to support development work on historic building projects.

Project Development Grants can cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating your 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 England 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. You can submit this anytime and will hear the outcome within 6 weeks. 
  4. 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. Our Application Help Notes will help you to complete this.
  5. 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.

Full applications are assessed at one of our monthly Grants Decision Meetings.

As a guide, upcoming application deadlines for decision this year are as follows:

  • 22 July for decision mid-September 2024
  • 26 August for decision mid-October 2024
  • 23 September for decision mid-November 2024
  • 21 October for decision mid-December 2024
  • 25 November for decision mid-January 2025
  • 23 December for decision mid-February 2025
  • 27 January for decision mid-March 2025

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.