The Country Houses Foundation (CHF) gives grants for the repair and conservation of rural historic buildings and structures located in England and Wales, including where appropriate their gardens, grounds and outbuildings. We would normally expect your building or structure to be listed, scheduled, or in the case of a garden included in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens. However, we may also make grants to projects that involve an unlisted building in a conservation area which we judge to be of sufficient historic or architectural significance or importance.
The Foundation’s definition of “rural” includes all buildings and structures in the countryside and other rural buildings which have subsequently been overtaken by, and embedded in, urban and suburban development.
In addition, to qualify for any grant you must be able to show that:
- there is a compelling need for the work you want to undertake to be done within the next 2 to 3 years;
- the project will enhance our historic environment;
- there will be appropriate public access;
- there is a financial need for the grant;
- the project can proceed within a reasonable time frame (i.e. 1-2 years).
- the project is sustainable with a suitable conservation and/or business plan. A grant is unlikely to be awarded without this information.
CHF aim to make grants for projects which are ready to proceed (i.e. can be started within 1-2 years) but which either do not qualify for funding from any of the mainstream sources or have been awarded only partial funding and require significant further funds to complete the resource package.
Grants to “kick start” a project will also be considered but CHF will expect your other funding to be in place within 1-2 years.
The minimum grant CHF offer is £1,000 and the maximum is £250,000. They do not specify that this funding has to be matched but will expect you to make some contribution from your own resources and to have considered (and where appropriate to have applied for) other sources of funding.
They also expect the project to be sustainable in the longer term and will want to know what arrangements or plans you have to ensure that future repair and maintenance is properly funded.
Applicants can be either an organisation or a private individual having legal responsibility for the repair of an historic building, its gardens and grounds. The Foundation would normally expect you to own the building or estate or hold a full repairing lease with not less than 20 years to run or be able to demonstrate that you have a legally binding agreement to acquire such a building or estate.
Applications can be received at any time and Pre-Application Forms are responded to within 28 days.
For further information and how to apply please click here.
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