Architectural Heritage Fund – Transforming Places through Heritage

The Government has announced £15 million of funding for The Architectural Heritage Fund’s (the AHF) Transforming Places through Heritage Programme. This will help charities and social enterprises to regenerate and put back into use historic buildings on high streets across England. The funding was announced in the Budget 2018 as part of the Government’s Future High Streets Fund. The total fund for restoring historic high streets is £55 million, with £40 million being allocated to an extension of Historic England’s Heritage Action Zone initiative.

For a number of years the AHF has been assisting communities, social enterprises and charities to develop and deliver imaginative solutions through its unique mix of advice, loans and grants. This funding will help inject impetus into new uses for historic buildings on high streets across England.

The Government’s investment will help support:

  • Investment to assist the delivery of an estimated 150-200 projects across England, including exemplar, scalable schemes, such as ‘retail to residential’ pilots, workspaces and cultural venues
  • In partnership with the National Trust, the piloting of new social enterprise ‘heritage development trusts’ to investigate taking ownership of and developing historic buildings in urban and town centres
  • A team of AHF project advisors to support schemes for the delivery of new uses of historic buildings on high streets
  • Increased investment into alternative use feasibility studies and ‘meanwhile uses’ for existing buildings

More information: http://ahfund.org.uk/england

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