The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is delighted to launch its new grants programme for England today. Following on from the achievements of the Transforming Places through Heritage programme, this new funding for 2023-2024 will focus on helping charities and social enterprises through the early stages of planning to restore and re-use historic buildings.
Project Viability Grants of up to £10,000 can be used to meet a range of costs, including fees for professionals to undertake initial surveys, designs and costings, advice on legal and governance matters, and help with outline business planning, market testing, and fundraising strategies.
The AHF welcomes applications from across England but will prioritise projects that:
- involve the new use of a vacant historic building
- help revive high streets
- are in the top 30% most deprived areas
- involve and support communities traditionally underrepresented among heritage asset owners
- have a strong focus on environmental sustainability and energy efficiency
- contribute to local regeneration schemes.
Laura Williams, England Development Manager at the AHF, said:
“We’re excited to support communities with their ideas for bringing historic buildings back to life. These grants aim to help organisations through the vital early stages of their projects, developing realistic costed plans that stand the best chance of success”.
You can read more about what the AHF can fund and how to apply on our website here.
Our team of regional Support Officers are happy to help. Find out who your local Support Officer is here.