The AHF is delighted to announce a generous new funding package of up to £350,000 from Cadw, the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Division, towards its ‘Heritage Transformed in Wales’ programme. The programme, also supported by The Garfield Weston Foundation and the Pilgrim Trust, offers Project Viability and Project Development Grants in Wales. Thanks to this new funding from Cadw, additional early-stage grants will be available as well as a number of small capital grants.
Since 2017, the AHF has been offering early-stage grants for projects in Wales, and this seed funding has proven to be extremely useful in helping charities and social enterprises seeking to secure a future for buildings at risk to shape their projects. For example, testing the relevance of proposed uses to the local community; developing a business case; establishing the building's condition and costs of repair; and carrying out architectural feasibility studies. Applications for Project Viability Grants (up to £10,000) and Project Development Grants (up to £20,000) can be submitted at any time throughout the year. For more information on these grants and how to apply, visit the Wales page on the AHF website.
Additionally, new Cadw-funded Capital Works Grants of up to £50,000 will be available towards repair, restoration and conservation work and associated fees. These might support emergency works to arrest deterioration to the historic fabric, or develop temporary ‘meanwhile’ uses while long-term solutions are worked up or as part of a larger scale of capital works. The deadline for capital grant applications is 31 July.
As a social investor in heritage-led regeneration, AHF’s focus will continue to be on making a difference in areas of need, both rural and urban. The support from Cadw also allows the AHF’s Wales Development Manager to continue to offer advice to groups as they progress their thinking and gear up for investment from a range of other sources. This includes the AHF’s own social investment funds in Wales, both its endowment and the Heritage Impact Fund.
Matthew Mckeague, AHF’s CEO said:
“We are very grateful for this new funding from the Welsh Government via Cadw. It marks a new strategic partnership between ourselves and Cadw, and builds on the success of greater collaboration in recent years. It will enable us to invest in more early-stage historic building reuse projects in Wales, investment we know is vital to the long-term success of projects, whilst also offering targeted capital grants. Thanks to this new funding, we look forward to working with a host of new heritage and social impact projects across Wales.”
Dawn Bowden, Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport added:
"I’m pleased to give the Welsh Government’s support and thanks for the valuable work carried out by the Architectural Heritage Fund. The AHF works closely with Cadw and is an important contributor to the heritage sector in Wales – they provide vital support to charities and social enterprises to care for precious heritage assets. I look forward to seeing interesting projects emerge from all over the country."
For further information on the grants and support available, please contact:
Adam Hitchings, Development Manager Wales on 07474 219688 or firstname.lastname@example.org