The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is an independent charity established to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK. The AHF provides advice, information and financial assistance in the form of early project grants and loans for projects undertaken by UK-based charities, community businesses and social enterprises with a built-heritage focus.
The AHF’s Heritage Projects Fund makes short-term loans of between £15,000 and £1million to support projects that involve a change of ownership and/or bring about the beneficial re-use of historically important buildings. The funding can be used for the acquisition of a historic building, or to provide working capital throughout a restoration project.
Priority will be given to projects that:
- Have the potential to make a significant positive social impact, particularly (but not exclusively) in disadvantaged areas, such as urban communities experiencing structural economic decline or isolated rural areas with poor access to services.
- Show evidence of active community engagement (e.g. the building may be listed as an Asset of Community Value or the applicant could be planning a Community Share issue).
More information: http://ahfund.org.uk/