The AHF can provide grants in Northern Ireland, subject to eligibility, to help with assessing the viability of a project, or to help fund development costs.
There are currently two programmes open:
Harnessing Heritage, the general grants programme; and Village Catalyst, targeted at projects led by charities or social enterprises in villages under 5,000 population, involving buildings which are either listed or in a Conservation Area.
Village Catalyst is an innovative partnership programme with DfC, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and the NI Housing Executive. The overall aim is to help target rural poverty and social isolation via the reuse of historic buildings.
Once you have checked your eligibility, please read through our Application Help Notes and then complete our short online Expression of Interest form. We encourage you to discuss any potential application with the Northern Ireland Development Manager before submitting an EoI.
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 Development Manager for more details.