Architectural Heritage Fund Project Development Grants

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is an independent charity that offers grants to help it deliver its overall strategic objectives and outcomes for heritage and communities.

AHF offers grants of up to £30,000 to registered charities and social enterprises in the UK that need financial assistance to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a building project and taking it towards the start of work on site.

Grants are for project development costs only and not for on-site capital works. Funding is available for any work that is essential for taking the project forward towards the goal of revitalising a historic building. Applicants must explain how a particular piece of work or activity will enable this. Examples include:

  • Employment of a project co-ordinator, either someone appointed externally on a consultancy basis or an existing employee(s) working additional hours or on this specific project.
  • Fees for consultants needed to help progress the organisation’s plans, such as architect, quantity surveyor, structural engineer, mechanical and electrical engineer.
  • Property valuation by a RICS registered valuer.
  • Fundraising consultants.
  • Business planning consultants.
  • Costs associated with developing a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund or other capital funders, such as Activity Plan, Training Plan, Conservation Management Plan.
  • Costs of community engagement work, such as pop-up events, consultations.
  • Legal costs where this is critical in establishing ownership or the viability of proposed uses, such as advice on restrictive covenants, or for advice on governance, such as to develop the organisation’s constitutional model to best enable it to take the project forward.
  • VAT costs that cannot be reclaimed.
  • Organisation’s overheads/administration costs.
  • Costs associated with converting an existing charity or social enterprise into a Community Benefit Society.

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

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