Architectural Heritage Fund: Transforming Places Through Heritage

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The Architectural Heritage Fund’s (AHF) Transforming Places through Heritage supports projects that will contribute to the transformation of high streets and town centres in England helping them become thriving places, strengthening local communities and encouraging local economies to prosper.

This Fund is for individual heritage buildings in, or transferring to, community ownership. AHF will support charities and social enterprises to develop projects with the potential to bring new life to high streets by creating alternative uses for redundant or underused historic buildings in town centres.

The programme forms part of a wider initiative to revive heritage high streets in England, alongside Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action ZonesTogether, these programmes are part of the Future High Streets Fund, administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The programme will focus on places where strategic regeneration programmes are planned or are already underway. This includes Heritage Action Zones (Chatham and Ramsgate) or places that have secured funding through the Future High Streets Fund (Chatham, Dover and Ramsgate). 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. 

The AHF can provide grants to help with assessing the viability of a project, or to help fund development costs or to match funds raised through Crowdfunding and Community Shares. We will also provide a small number of capital (delivery) grants for Transformational Projects.

Please note that AHF grants cannot be used to fund the same work that is being grant-aided through a Future High Streets Fund or High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme. These strands of funding cannot partner each other, but will fund projects that are complementary. These strands of funding may separately fund different stages of one project.

The Fund is broken down into different grants depending on what stage a project is at:

Just Starting Out

You may be thinking about forming an organisation or have recently constituted, or be a longstanding organisation tackling a new project. You have identified a building – either already in your ownership or one you have a reasonable prospect of owning. You may have some ideas about how the building could be restored and used, but are wanting to explore the options and test whether these will work.

  • Project Viability
    Grants up to £15,000
    Open to applications

Ready to Move Forward

You have already completed the feasibility and viability work needed, but you need to do more detailed work to develop your plans and secure capital funding to deliver your project. Please note, you would need to be set up as a Community Benefit Society to apply for the Shares Booster.

  • Project Development
    Grants up to £100,000
    Open to applications
  • Crowdfunding Challenge 
    Grants up to £25,000
    Open to applications
  • Community Shares Booster
    Development grants up to £10,000
    Open to applications

Ready to Restore Your Building

Your plans will be close to being fully developed and some of your delivery capital funding will already be in place, but there is a funding gap you need to fill.

  • Crowdfunding Challenge 
    Grants up to £25,000
    Open to applications
  • Community Shares Booster
    Equity investments up to £50,000
    Open to applications
  • Transformational Project
    Grants up to £350,000
    Currently closed

Deadline: See above under individual grants

This fund is not managed by Funding for All. Please click ‘Find out more’ and contact the funder directly for more information.

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