The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) which is a registered charity that promotes the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings, has announced that the next deadline for applications for a Project Development Grant (PDG) in excess of £5,000 is the 17th August 2016.
Charities, not for profit companies, CICs, Parish and Town councils are welcome to apply for funding of up to £25,000 to assist with the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project which helps to find a sustainable use for an historic building and takes it towards the start of work on site. Applicants will be expected to cover at least 50% of the cost of the work, must have established that the end use of the building is likely to be viable and have decided to take the project forward.
Applications for grants of less than £5,000 can be made at any time.
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.