Funding is available to restore historic buildings through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Heritage Enterprise grants programme. The programme provides grants to support not-for-profit organisations in partnership with the private sector for the restoration of unused historic building and sites.
The programme provides grants where historic buildings have failed to attract enough investment because the cost of their repair has not been commercially viable for private developers. Under the programme, two levels of grants are available:
- Grants of between £100,000 and under £2 million
- Grants of between £2million and £5million.
Previous projects supported include:
A grant of £4 million to a large industrial site: Harvey’s Foundry Trust in Hayle, Cornwall. The project will conserve and adapt the remaining derelict Grade II listed buildings to bring them into commercial use; and the Globe, an Art Deco ‘super theatre’ in the centre of Stockton on Tees, which will be transformed from a derelict eyesore into a 2500-seater live music and comedy venue with the potential to create 64 jobs.
For grant requests of over £100,000 and under £2million decisions are made every three months.
For grant requests of between £2 million and up to £5 million the next closing date for stage one applications is the 16th June 2016.