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23 November 2017

Cywaith Legacy Fund: Architectural Heritage Fund grants in north-west Wales

Since its establishment by the Snowdonia National Park in 1990, Cywaith: Gwynedd Buildings Preservation Trust’s mission was to bring historic buildings in Gwynedd back into use. They continued with their endeavours until December 2016 when the Trustees decided to cease activities because of the difficulties in acquiring suitable properties at a viable cost to enable their conservation. The Trust chose the Architectural Heritage Fund to be the recipient of their remaining assets to carry on with this important work. In response, we are proud to launch the Cywaith Legacy Fund.

This fund is open to community-led organisations operating Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conwy to find sustainable new uses for historic buildings. Ideally the building is listed and / or located in a conservation area. It may also be on an ‘at risk’ register. We encourage community ownership of heritage assets and the growth of community businesses. We will prioritise projects which have the potential to make a significant social impact.

Matthew McKeague, Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund said, “We are grateful to Cywaith: Gwynedd Buildings Preservation Trust for leaving this legacy. This will enable us to carry on their mission of helping to bring historic buildings in Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conwy back into use. We look forward to receiving proposals that will not only regenerate a historic building but will also demonstrate a wider benefit for the area and its people.

We can provide grant support to explore an historic building’s future uses Project Viability grants (up to £5,000) and Project Development grants (up to £25,000) are available. Grants can fund initial investigations such as viability (options) appraisals and early stage project development costs but not capital costs.

If you would like to find out more information or discuss a project proposal, please contact Adam Hitchings the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Wales Support Officer on 0300 121 0718 or

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