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Image: The key handover at John O'Groats Mill. Photo credit to John O'Groats Mill Trust.
Image: The key handover at John O'Groats Mill. Photo credit to John O'Groats Mill Trust.

Community Ownership Fund Success for Eleven AHF-Supported Projects

6 July 2023

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced the final awards from Round Two of its Community Ownership Fund (COF). The fund was set up to help community groups take control of buildings at risk of being lost and bring them back to life for the benefit of local people.

In total, 52 projects received COF funding in this batch of grants, 11 of which have also benefited from the Architectural Heritage Fund’s (AHF) early-stage advice and support.

The 11 projects in receipt of AHF support, listed below, have collectively been awarded £2,561,730 through Round Two Window Three of the COF.


Bovey Tracey Paradiso Arts, Bovey Tracey, Devon – Bovey Tracey Paradiso Arts

Paignton Picture House, Paignton, Devon – Paignton Picture House Trust

The Centenary Hall, Penzance, Cornwall – Chapel St Creative

The Helm at Croglin, Croglin, Cumbria – The Helm at Croglin


John O’Groats Mill: a power for the community, Caithness, Highlands – John O’Groats Mill Trust

Old Clyne School Redevelopment, Brora, Highlands  - Clyne Heritage Society

Portobello Town Hall, Portobello, Edinburgh - Portobello Central

Silverburn Flax Mill, Leven, Fife - Fife Employment Access Trust

The Y Centre, Perth, Perth and Kinross  - The Y Centre


Tabernacle Morriston Community Resilience Hub, Morriston, Swansea - Tabernacle Morriston Congregation

Northern Ireland

The Meeting House, Bushmills, County Antrim - Enterprise Causeway


Congratulations to all of these projects.

These latest awards mean that, in total, 150 projects have now received support from the COF, 32 of which have also had early-stage AHF support. For a full list of successful bidders, please visit: Community Ownership Fund: successful bidders - GOV.UK (

The AHF is pleased to be one of ten leading community support organisations delivering the Community Ownership Fund support programme. Considering applying to the Community Ownership Fund? If you need support in making a strong application, you can find some helpful guides, top tips, videos and an advice service at: Community Ownership Fund - MyCommunity

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