Funding: The Architectural Heritage Fund

architectural-heritage-fundThe Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), is a registered charity that promotes the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings in the UK and is now open to applications. Grants and low interest working capital loans are available to registered charities and constituted not for profit organisations to help with the regeneration of historic. The AHF can provide grants to help with assessing the viability of a project, or to fund development costs.

Currently two types of grants are on offer, these are:

  • Project Viability Grants (PVG) of up to £3,000 are available to fund short studies to look at potential uses for a building and at its current condition. This grant is administered on a rolling basis.
  • Project Development Grant funding of up to £25,000 to assist an organisation to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project and taking it towards the start of work on site.

Applications are considered at quarterly meetings and the next application deadline is the 10 May 2017.

The AHF also provides loan facilities to eligible charities and other not-for-profit organisations, either for the acquisition of a building, or to provide working capital throughout a restoration project. Loans usually require some form of security, either a first legal charge or a repayment guarantee from a local authority.

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