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This grant programme has been made possible by funding from the Pilgrim Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation and Department for Communities (NI)



Current Programmes

Project Viability Grant (PVG)

Maximum £10,000

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


Project Development Grant (PDG)

Maximum £20,000

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



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.

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 Northern Ireland Support Officer 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 Support Officer for more details.

Enquire and Apply

Please complete our online enquiry form to establish your eligibility. We will then get in touch to discuss your project. You can then complete a draft application, and once we have seen and commented on that, you can complete and submit our formal application form.

Find out deadlines for applications here.


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