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In Your Space Circus at the Old Cathedral School in Derry. Credit - Lorcan Doherty.
In Your Space Circus at the Old Cathedral School in Derry. Credit - Lorcan Doherty.

Eleven AHF-supported Projects Celebrate Community Ownership Fund Success

25 March 2024

Over the weekend, the awards from the latest window of the Community Ownership Fund (COF) were announced. The fund, which was set up by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, helps community groups to take control of buildings at risk of being lost and bring them back to life for the benefit of local people.

In total, 83 projects received COF funding in this batch of grants, 10 of which have also benefited from the Architectural Heritage Fund’s (AHF) early-stage advice and support. Additionally, through the Community Ownership Fund delivery partnership, the AHF provided consultancy support to Signal Film and Media for a project to secure the future of Cooke’s Studios in Barrow-in-Furness, which was also successful in this window.

The 11 projects in receipt of AHF support, listed below, have collectively been awarded £4,909,765 through Round Three Window Three of the COF.


The Abbeydale Picture House, Sheffield, Yorkshire - CADS South Yorkshire

2-4 Market Place, Caistor, Lincolnshire - Caistor and District Community Trust Limited (C&DCT)

St Ignatius Day Nursery, Ordsall, Salford – Cede Foundation

The Marchwell Studios Project, Chichester, West Sussex - Chichester Community Development Trust

Save the Waldy, The Waldegrave Arms, East Harptree - East Harptree Community Benefit Society Limited

12 Claremont, Hastings, East Sussex – Hastings Commons CLT Ltd

The People’s Old Print Works, Balsall Heath, Birmingham – Make It Sustainable Ltd

Securing the Future of Cooke’s Studios in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria  – Signal Film and Media

Station Building, Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire - Station Building, Mytholmroyd

Northern Ireland

IYSC Cathedral School Project, Derry, Londonderry – In Your Space Circus Ltd


The Owain Glyndwr Community Hotel, Corwen, Denbighshire - The Owain Glyndwr Community Hotel Limited


Congratulations to all of these projects.

In total, 333 projects have now received support from the COF, 61 of which have also had support from the AHF. For the 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? Round 4 is the final round of COF and there will be two bidding windows to allocate the remaining funding. 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 support and advice - MyCommunity

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