Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) - Project Development Grants

Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a building project and taking it towards the start of work on site.  The AHF is an independent charity that was established to encourage and support the work of organisations dedicated to the preservation and renewal of buildings of architectural and historic significance which have failed to find a viable re-use on the open market.

Objectives of Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund's grants are designed to help deliver its overall strategic objectives and outcomes for heritage and communities:

  • Objective One: to support people, communities and organisations to take ownership, to repair and to adapt historic buildings and places for new sustainable uses.

  • Objective Two: to attract more investment for the conservation and sustainable re-use of the UK’s architectural heritage.

  • Objective Three: to inspire the start up and growth of new community enterprises that utilise historic buildings and places for public benefit.

  • Objective Four: to demonstrate the value of a well-managed historic built environment by championing and showcasing the impact of the projects AHF have supported.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants are generally expected to cover at least 50% of the cost of the work.

Who Can Apply

To apply for a grant, organisations must be a formally constituted and incorporated charity or social enterprise whose members have limited liability. This scheme is currently only open to applicants in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  This includes:

  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs).

  • Charitable Companies Limited by Guarantee.

  • Not-for-private-profit Companies Limited by Guarantee.

  • Community Interest Companies (CICs) Limited by Guarantee.

  • Charitable Community Benefit Societies

  • Community Benefit Societies.

Applications are welcome from organisations working in partnership, including joint applications from voluntary sector groups with commercial partners. A not-for-profit organisation must be nominated as the lead applicant. Applicants must provide a signed partnership agreement indicating the involvement of each partner and how the project will be managed.

In exceptional cases applications will be accepted from third parties applying on behalf of unincorporated organisations but normally the organisation applying for a grant must be the one intending to carry out the building’s repair and conversion to new use.

Eligible Expenditure

All applications must concern projects that have recently involved or will result in a change of ownership and/or a change of use. The development work should enable the organisation to make measurable progress towards the goal of acquiring a historic building and/or adapting it for a new use.

How To Apply

Applications from organisations in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland can be submitted with the following deadlines:

Grants of up to £7,500 - 5pm on the last day of each calendar month (decisions usually given within eight weeks).

Grants of more than £7,500 - 23 April 2019 (9am), 29 July 2019 (9am), and 21 October 2019 (9am).

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss any potential application with the relevant Support Officer in their area before submitting an application. 

Rita Harkin (Northern Ireland) - - Tel. 0300 121 0342

A full list of criteria and restrictions, as well as applications forms are available to complete online at the Fund's website