Funding to Bring Heritage Buildings Back into Use – 30th September 2019 (England)

Grants of up to £350,000 are available through the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Transformational Project Grants.  Transformational Project Grants are part of the Transforming Places Through Heritage programme and are available for the repair, restoration and adaptation of a heritage building  located in a high street or town centre and to bring it into use.

The grant will cover up to 80% of the cost of work involved.  The funding is available to:

  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations’
  • Charitable Companies Limited by Guarantee
  • Charitable Community Benefit Societies
  • Community Benefit Societies
  • Not-for-private-profit Companies Limited by Guarantee
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs) Limited by Guarantee
  • Co-operatives
  • Parish and Town Councils.

The funding will focus on places where strategic regeneration programmes are planned or are already underway. This includes Heritage Action Zones or places that have secured funding through the Future High Streets Fund. Historic building projects located within other area-based regeneration programmes, such as Townscape Heritage areas or where an applicant can demonstrate a significant community-led strategic approach is in place, will also be considered. Projects should not be standalone but sit within a wider initiative to regenerate and bring a new purpose to the immediate surrounding area.

The deadline is the 30th September 2019.  Decisions on the first round of applications will be made in December. A second round will be announced in 2020.

In addition, the Architectural Heritage Fund fund a number of other grant schemes.  These include:

  • Project Viability Grants: up to £15,000, for early viability and feasibility work, open now for applications.
  • Project Development Grants: up to £100,000, for capital project development costs, open now for applications.
  • Crowdfunding Challenge Grants: up to £25,000, to match fund crowdfunding campaigns, open now for applications.
  • Community Shares Booster Grants: further info to be announced.

Useful Links:

Programme Guide

Applicant Help Notes

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